We’ve always wanted to time travel… what better way to experience the past than to visit some of the seven wonders of the modern world? These masterpieces were built in a time without modern technology, yet stand to this very day. Millions of curious travelers flock to see them every year and experience this glimpse into the past. Read on to find out more about modern wonders that are only a plane ticket away.
When in Rome
It’s hard to even imagine what it would be like to stand in the Roman Colosseum nearly 1900 years ago. A crowd averaging 65,000 people sat on the stone tiers. Often, we find ourselves trying to picture scenes from the past, and we imagine this one would have the energy of a modern Olympic game, but with more blood and death. In 2007, millions of people voted to choose the modern wonders of the world. It’s no wonder the Colosseum was a shoo-in, with over 6 million people visiting it every year.
Not Actually Visible from the Moon
Apparently, the myth that it’s visible from the Moon is untrue, but our minds are still blown by the immense task that was the building of the Great Wall of China. At over 13,000 miles long, it predates the Roman Colosseum and is considered one of the greatest architectural feats in history. Can you imagine the precision it took these ancient Chinese builders?
A Beautiful Tomb
This one is a bit more recent than the previous two, as it was commissioned in 1632. The emperor Shah Jahan wanted a beautiful resting place for his beautiful wife, Mumtaz Mahal, and he definitely got it. The Taj Mahal is not just a building, but a love story written in stone. The glorious curves and arches take you on a journey back in time to a place where true love died young. Mumtaz died after giving birth to her 14th child, and the Emperor was stricken with grief over the loss of his favorite wife. He spared no expense and was eventually laid to rest beside her.
Mystery in the Mountains
The city of Machu Picchu remains shrouded in mystery to this day. Not only it’s function is a puzzle, but a large number of skeletons, mostly female, found there have scientists scratching their heads. Standing among those misty mountains, we imagine you could easily picture the bustling Incan estate in its heyday, nearly 600 years ago. It was an agricultural center and the estate of the Incan emperor Pachacuti (new popular baby name? Maybe not).
Experience the Past
We can’t wait to explore these marvels of the ancients, and nor should you. The world is full of mysteries and adventures for us to discover. Three other wonders not mentioned above are Christ the Redeemer, Chichen Itza, and Petra. Each of these marvels is its own doorway to the past on different continents, cultures, and time periods. They have stood the test of time and await your inquisitive adventures.