What man made structures have you seen that should have made the list of the New Wonders of the World?
The Seven New Wonders of the World (in no particular order) are the Great Wall of China, the Colosseum in Rome, Petra in Jordan, Machu Picchu in Peru, Christ the Redeemer Statue in Rio, Chichen Itza in Mexico, and the Taj Mahal in India. As the TB community has a vast number of travelers who have seem most of the world, I am asking this community "What man made structures built since the Ancient Wonders (last two millennium) have you seen that should have made the list?"
My nomination for the TB list for the Eighth New Wonder of the World is Angkor Wat in Cambodia.
Great topic! I would definitely concur with Angkor Wat - Very impressive place.
I'd add another from China - the Forbidden City. So vast, although I don't think it would be included, as a lot of it was previously damaged and has been restored.
Personally, I love the St. Basils cathedral in Moscow, I think it's beautiful.
I think my vote however, goes to the Potala Palace in Lhasa. It's so old, and not just that it is attractive - it's impressive that it was built at such altitude on such difficult terrain. The same actually goes for the Jokhang temple. I wrote about it here: http://www.travelblog.org/Asia/China/Tibet/Lhasa/blog-518031.html
I think that would be a good eighth addition. Gosh it's so hard to pick only one!!
interesting! I'd say Angkor wat or sagrada familiarda (sp?) in Barcelona 😊
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Without giving this much thought I'd agree that Angkor Wat should be added but I'd also throw out there the question to all of you.
Is there any on the list you would take off? Not having seen the Christ the Redeemer it is very difficult for me to imagine how it compares to the Taj Mahal.
I would concur with the vote for Angkor Wat. Truly an impressive place.
I felt like the choice of Chichen Itza was a little random, because several of the Mayan ruins, such as Palenque and Tikal in Guatemala are equally impressive.
I'd like to add Lalibela in Ethiopia to keep Africa represented on the list.
My vote would have to go to Mount Nemrut, the mausoleum of Antiochus I (69–34 B.C.), who reigned over Commagene, a kingdom founded north of Syria and the Euphrates after the breakup of Alexander's empire.
Probably not a surprize for those that read our blogs but it knocked spots off Ephesus which was one of the Seven Wonders of the World in our book.
Agree that Angkor Wat should be on the list
Agree that Tikal is more impressive than Chichen Itza
I think Rio's Christ the Redeemer Statue should not make the list. It is in the setting of Rio in its mountains and view of the beaches/sugar loaf that make it spectacular but I do not find the human-made aspect of it any more impressive than the statue of liberty and other statues (Sofia is half Brazilian and half American and though I am her dad speaking, not strong bias.) That being said, we will be in Rio in June and pay Corcovado yet another well deserved visit.
I would take Bagan over Christ the Redeemer.....
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I was in Bagan/Pagan at the end of 1974, just before the earthquake. Have the Burmese restored any of the damaged temples? I agree it is an awesome sight to see thousands of temples spread over many square kilometers. TB has many great sunset pictures of the site.
I hadn't proposed taking any of the current new wonders off the list, but I agree that Chichen Itza and Christ the Redeemer would be at the bottom of the list of seven and prime targets for replacement.
A personal favourite in China: Leshan Giant Buddha.
I also would like to raise attention to some largely ignored manmade structures: the karez irrigation systems of Oman, Nazca region in Peru and western China. Reason for nomination: underground tunnels thousands of kilometers long dug with the use of very primitive tools. The tunnels can be more than 1,000 years old and still work. Reason for beeing overlooked: you can't see the constructions because they are all under ground.
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Yes, Leshan is a good one.
I loved the translation there that read "you will be drunk by the beauty of nature" !!
I used to think there was a definitive 'Ancient Wonders of the World' list, but there are so many different versions floating about now; not to mention the various versions of the 'Natural Wonders' and the 'Modern Wonders'.
I agree that this 'New' list needs to include Angkor Wat....and I would also suggest the Pyramids and Aya Sofya in Istanbul.