Of the famous seven wonders of the ancient world, only one can be visited today - you can read this article to discover it! However, a more recent ranking proposed by the New Seven Wonders Foundation has identified the seven new wonders of the world and these are all worth a detour into the life of a traveller! To complete this top 10, we have decided to add two more that we believe could very well enter this ranking. Of course, the list is not exhaustive and many sites would deserve to be included! Besides, what do you think are the most wonderful monuments in the world?
The pyramid of Cheops, an ancient treasure
The only wonder of the ancient world to have stood the test of time, the pyramid of Cheops is the highest in the necropolis of Giza, Egypt. It would have taken more than twenty years to produce this work, which would weigh approximately 7 million tonnes! In other words, the visit is impressive: you enter a narrow corridor with your back curved into a narrow corridor that leads to the funeral chambers. Claustrophobic abstain!
The Colosseum, an eternal monument
A symbol of the city of Rome, the Colosseum is the largest amphitheatre in ancient times. Built under the reign of the Flavian dynasty, hence its name as a flavian amphitheatre, it was completed in the year 80 and was the scene of numerous gladiatorial battles. When you first enter this very special enclosure, you are captivated by its resistance to time and its complex architecture, which testify to the greatness of the Roman Empire
The Taj Mahal, a precious tomb
Built as a husband's tribute to his wife who died in the 17th century, the Taj Mahal has become one of India's symbols. When you find yourself facing this sublime white marble monument, you are first captivated by the Mughal gardens that surround it. Once inside, at the sight of the tomb of both spouses surrounded by semi-precious stones, we can better understand why the Taj Mahal is recognized as one of the wonders of the modern world
The Great Wall of China, a unique construction
The Great Wall is one of the most important defence constructions in the world. It is said to be almost 6,300 km long! These military fortifications travel across China in different sections. Among the most visited, those of Badaling, recently renovated, Mutanyu, for its sublime view, and Jinshanling, for its lunar landscape in the mountains. Along these ramparts, we discover a part of the rich Chinese history
Petra, ancient city
Petra is one of Jordan's treasures. This ancient city in the south of the country fascinates archaeologists: the Nabataeans lived there as early as the 6th century BC, leaving behind them countless remains and above all these fantastic facades carved in sandstone that today form one of the most famous images of the site. In this real maze changing colour to the rhythm of the sun, you are captivated by Petra's unique beauty
Christ the Redeemer, the carioca emblem
At the top of Corcovado, in Rio de Janeiro, a gigantic Christ rises, arms crossed, to bless the city. This is the famous Christ the Redeemer, one of Rio's most visited monuments. Built to celebrate the centenary of Brazil's independence, it was completed some nine years late. It must be said that the work is monumental: 31 m high and 1,145 tons! To reach its feet, you will have to cross the Tijuca forest and brave a crowd of tourists
Chichén Itzá, a vast Mayan city
In the Yucatán peninsula of Mexico, Chichén Itzá is one of the country's most important archaeological areas, classified as a World Heritage Site. Built around cenotes that are now sacred, most of the site's monuments were built between 800 and 1200. The most emblematic is undoubtedly the pyramid El Castillo, a jewel of Mayan architecture dedicated to the feathered snake. A site to see in the early morning, as soon as it opens, to make the most of it.
Machu Picchu, a mysterious site
Located in the sacred valley of the Incas, 130 km from Cuzco, Peru, Machu Picchu has survived for centuries. Built in the 15th century on a rocky promontory at an altitude of 2,400 m, this Inca citadel is one of the most visited sites in South America and one of the new wonders of the world. Its terraced cultures and numerous buildings such as the Temple of the Sun or the Intihuatana form a unique place, marked by a certain mysticism
Mont-Saint-Michel, a Norman jewel
The last two monuments in this selection are not part of the list of wonders of the world, new or ancient. But at Le Petit Futé, we all agree that they would clearly have their place, starting with Mont-Saint-Michel, which fascinates countless visitors every year. This sumptuous abbey in the middle of the Channel waters is one of the treasures of French heritage. A must see!
Angkor, from temple to temple
The city of Angkor, in Cambodia, also deserves its place among the wonders of the world in our opinion. This stone labyrinth built in the middle of tropical vegetation dotted with rice fields is a must in the country and a treasure of Khmer heritage. From the west gate to the east gate, the visitor sails from temple to temple in one of the largest places of worship ever built. The temple of Angkor Wat, the highlight of the visit, is the largest in the whole site. It is the symbol of Cambodia, it even appears on its flag!