This week 105 years ago an American archaeologist discovered the lost village of Machu Picchu, hidden high up in the mountains of Peru for hundreds of years before being found and proclaimed a New Wonder of the World!
As today is a ‘Throwback Thursday’, let’s familiarize ourselves of the different types, lists, categories and variants of the wonders of the world - and also find out what they are!
Man-made Wonders of the World
One category of the wonders of the world most commonly referred to, is the list of man-made wonders!
Egypt’s Great Pyramid of Giza is the oldest wonder on the list, having been constructed over 4,000 years ago.
At just 85 years old, Brazil’s Christ the Redeemer statue is the youngest.
Other man-made wonders include the Taj Mahal, the Colosseum in Rome and the Great Wall of China.
Seven Wonders of Nature
South Africa can be proud to be featured on one of the Wonders of the World lists as well! Cape Town’s Table Mountain is featured on the Seven Wonders of Nature list, a list compiled and voted by the public.
Other natural attractions on the list include the Grand Canyon, Great Barrier Reef and the world’s highest mountain: Mount Everest!
The Great Barrier Reef also appears on the list of the Seven Wonders of the Underwater World, which was first announced in 1981.
Other variants of the Wonders of the World
Other variants of the Wonders of the World list include a category of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. The Statue of Zeus, the Hanging Gardens of Babylon and other landmarks that have since been destroyed all feature on this list.
Other official Wonders of the World lists are the seven most wondrous cities, industrial man-made wonders and even the the Seven Wonders of the Solar System.
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