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
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
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
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 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
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
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
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
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?