Ryan Gruss

#8 – The Eighth Wonder of the World

The Seven Wonders of the World. It’s a concept that has long fascinated me as someone who is interested in our global heritage.

However, creating a list of 7 definitive wonders across various categories is bound to draw criticism. I’ve seen countless examples of new 7 Wonders of the World campaigns as well as votes on an 8th wonder!

For my 8th post, I thought it would be apt to showcase just a few of the 8th wonder contenders, that many have been trying to add to this list:

#1 – Milford Sound, New Zealand

Milford Sound is a fjord in the south west of New Zealand's South Island

Milford Sound is a fjord in the South West of New Zealand’s South Island

Named as the Eighth Wonder of the World by Rudyard Kipling, Milford Sound is a beautiful fjord on New Zealand’s South Island. Famed for its rugged peaks and marine life (seals, penguins & dolphins), 1 million tourists are drawn here each year.

#2 – Machu Picchu, Peru

Machu Picchu is located high in the Andes in the Cusco region of Peru

Machu Picchu is located high in the Andes in the Cusco region of Peru

Known to many as ‘the city in the clouds’, Machu Picchu is a true icon of the Incan civilisation. The site itself is located 2,430 metres above sea level and tourists must hike up the famous ‘Inca trail’ to reach this sacred settlement.

#3 – Banaue Rice Terraces, Philippines

The Banaue Rice Terraces are located in the Ifugao Province of the Philippines

The Banaue Rice Terraces are located in the Ifugao Province of the Philippines

Known to locals as the Eighth Wonder, these rice terraces are over 2,000 years old and were carved by hand into the mountains by the ancestors of the indigenous people of Ifugao. The terraces are still in use today and cover over 10,000 square kilometres.

#4 – Angkor Wat, Cambodia

Angkor Wat is the most famous Buddhist temple in the world

Angkor Wat is the most famous Buddhist temple in the world

Angkor Wat translates as ‘Temple City’ and its easy to see why this monument is regarded as the greates Buddhist temple in the world. Build by King Suryavarman II in the early 12th century, this magical place attracts over 1/2 million tourists each year to Cambodia.

#5 – Statue of Liberty, USA

The statue is an instantly recognisable symbol of New York City

The statue is an instantly recognisable symbol of New York City

Many believe that the Statue of Liberty, one of America’s best known sites, should easily be considered a Wonder of the World. The statue itself was designed by Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi and is a token to liberty and American Independence.

#6 – Uluru, Australia

Uluru (or Ayers Rock) is located in the heart of the Australian Outback

Uluru (or Ayers Rock) is located in the heart of the Australian Outback

450km away from any settlements by road, Uluru is a large sandstone rock formation in the heart of the Northern Territory. Not only is Uluru sacred to the local Anangu people, but it now attracts almost 1/2 million tourists each year to its caves, springs and aboriginal paintings.

#7 – Stonehenge, United Kingdom

Stonehenge is located in Wiltshire, England

Stonehenge is located in Wiltshire, England

Famous as Britain’s central Bronze Age settlement, visitors flock to Stonehenge each year, intrigued by the sheer mystery of the place. Archaeologists believe the monument was built around 3000 BC as a sacred burial site and gathering place for people across Great Britain.

#8 – Great Wall of China, China

The Great Wall measures around 8,850km

The Great Wall measures around 8,850km

It’s undeniable that the Great Wall of China deserves notice as a Wonder of the World for its sheer ambition and grandeur. The wall itself was initially built by Qin Shi Huang around 220BC, but was rebuilt greatly during the Ming dynasty.

Thanks again for reading my blog!! What would be your Eighth Wonder?

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This entry was published on October 26, 2013 at 12:41 pm. It’s filed under Culture, History, Travel and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Follow any comments here with the RSS feed for this post.

2 thoughts on “#8 – The Eighth Wonder of the World

  1. Pingback: #8 – The Eighth Wonder of the World | Die Reis

  2. Reblogged this on Die Reis and commented:
    I don’t think it’s possible for anyone not to be in awe of the world and its wonders – both natural and man-made. Machu Picchu has intrigued me since I did an arts and culture project on it in high school and I really would like to go there someday.

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