Tour of the New Seven Wonders of the World

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Tour of the New Seven Wonders of the World

Discovering the New Seven Wonders of the World in a year: this is the challenge Anil B has set himself. Review the highlights of this extraordinary journey around the globe.

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Tour of the New Seven Wonders of the World

From Amman, Anil B. takes you to Petra, in southern Jordan. Discover this beautiful Nabatean city which began to prosper around the 1st century B.C. Its structures – which sometimes features imposing facades like the Al Khazneh mausoleum – are carved directly into the stone.

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Tour of the New Seven Wonders of the World

Meant for the Roman people to have free access to the games, the Coliseum in Rome was inaugurated in 80 A.D., after 10 years of construction work. Left in a state of ruins today, it once symbolised the greatness of the Roman Empire. The monument even showcased a marble staircase.

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Tour of the New Seven Wonders of the World

It took 20 years and 20,000 workers to build the Taj Mahal, a few hours away from Delhi. You won't believe your eyes when faced to the marvel of this palace. The monument was erected in memory of Arjumand, the favourite wife of emperor Shah Jahan, as she died while giving birth to her 14th child.

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Tour of the New Seven Wonders of the World

Once arrived in Lima, head to Cuzco. From there on, you can reach the Machu Picchu, at 2,430 m in altitude. This spectacular site, biggest vestige of the Inca civilisation, is impressive both for its beauty and the mysteries surrounding its construction. You are stunned by the astronomic clock, reminding you of how remarkably advanced this civilisation was.

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Tour of the New Seven Wonders of the World

After visiting Cancún, take a detour to see the site of Chichén Itzá. This city bears witness of the ingenuity of the Maya people, in particular the step-pyramid built around 1050 in honour of Kukulkan, a feathered serpent deity. Twice a year, on the equinoxes, the sun casts shadows against the sides of the pyramid, creating the illusion of snakes' bodies crawling down, terminated by the sculptures of two serpent heads.

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Tour of the New Seven Wonders of the World

In Rio, climb up to the Corcovado hill, which offers a panoramic view over the entire city. It shelters the statue of Christ the Redeemer, built for the centennial of Brazil's Independence. The 30-metre-high statue outstretches its arms in the form of a cross and is looking east, in memory of where the slaves were once brought from.

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Tour of the New Seven Wonders of the World

When travelling to Beijing, do not miss out on the opportunity to see the Great Wall of China. A symbol of the national pride, the construction of this 20,000-kilometre-long fortification lasted from the 3rd century B.C. to the 17th century A.D. It is probably one of the greatest architectural, man-made piece of work and a fascinating example of military art and technology. Whatever the season, its visit will fill you with wonder.