Seven Wonders -Introduction
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Seven Wonders

Ever since the 5th century BC, when Greek historian Herodotus compiled a list of the "Seven Wonders of the World," there have been wonders linked to the magic number seven everywhere in the world and everywhere in society.

Any Google search will produce a number of lists and while there might be some case-by case decision, we are trying to not to limit this list too much. Here are some examples of what we are looking for:

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Ancient Wonders
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Seven Wonders of the Ancient World
Wikipedia

The Great Pyramids (picture above) are the only remaining one of the original Seven Wonders, which limits this list somewhat.

New7Wonders of the World
Wikipedia

In 2000, a group called New Seven Wonders Foundation started an online voting process for seven new wonders. While the whole process was quite controversial, we still think they came up with an interesting list:

- Taj Mahal, India
- Chichen Itza, Yucatán, Mexico
- Christ the Redeemer, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
- Rome Colosseum, Italy
- Great Wall of China, China
- Machu Picchu, Peru
- Petra, Jordan

Seven amazing Runners-up
LIFE Magazine

Thinking that the New7Wonders list missed some of the most amazing features, Time Magazine published a list of the next seven:

- Easter Island, Chile
- Angkor Wat, Cambodia
- Acropolis, Greece
- Potala Palace, Tibet, China
- The Vatican
- The Terra-Cotta Army, China
- Stonehenge, England

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Natural Wonders
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Seven Natural Wonders of the World
Wikipedia

The wonders are not limited to human-made structures. As early as 1997, CNN compiles a list of natural wonders, which not only contained geographical features but also natural phenomena, such as the Northern Lights.

- Aurora Borealis
- Grand Canyon, Arizona, USA
- Great Barrier Reef, Australia
- Harbor of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
- Mount Everest, Nepal and China
- Parícutin volcano, Mexico
- Victoria Falls, Zambia and Zimbabwe

New7Wonders of Nature
Wikipedia

In 2007, New7Wonders started voting on natural wonders. While the list is a controversial as everything else New7Wonders publishes, the list still has its merits:

- Iguazu Falls, Brazil and Argentina
- Jeju Island, South Korea
- Komodo Island, Indonesia
- Puerto Princesa Underground River, Philippines
- Table Mountain, South Africa
- Halong Bay, Viet Nam
- Amazon Rainforest, South America

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Modern Wonders

Seven Wonders of the Industrial World
Wikipedia

A first list of Industrial Wonders was created by the BBC in 2003.

- SS Great Eastern, England
- Bell Rock Lighthouse, Scotland
- Brooklyn Bridge, New York, USA
- London sewerage system, England
- First Transcontinental Railroad, USA
- Panama Canal, Panama
- Hoover Dam, Nevada, USA

Two Times Seven Wonders of Today
LIFE Magazine

Time Magazine compiled a similar list of industrial icons. and as with the Seven amazing Runners-up, seven was not enough.

Seven Wonders of Today

- Eiffel Tower, France
- Three Gorges Dam, China
- Sydney Opera House, Australia
- Biospere 2, Arizona, USA
- Empire State Building, New York, USA
- Burj Khalifa, UAE
- Hubble Telescope

Runners-up

- Golden Gate Bridge, California, USA
- Channel Tunnel, England and France
- International Space Station
- North Sea Protection Works, Netherlands
- Mount Rushmore, South Dakota, USA
- Millau Viaduct, France
- Beijing National Stadium, China

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Religious Wonders

With a little bit of research, you can find lists for any religion. Here is one:

Seven Wonders of the Buddhist World
wanderlust.co.uk

this list of Buddhist Wonders was put together by the travel site Wanderlust:

- Mahabodhi Temple, India
- Boudhanath Stupa, Nepal
- Temple of Tooth, Sri Lanka
- Temple of the Reclining Buddha, Thailand
- Angkor Wat, Cambodia
- Tian Tan, Hong Kong
- Hsi Lai, Los Angeles

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National Wonders

Many countries have their own, more or less official national lists of Seven Wonders. The first one we found and liked at Google, was the

Seven Wonders of Barbados
barbados.org

The list was compiled by the Barbados Visitor's Center.

- Harrison's Cave
- The Baobab Tree
- Historic Jacobean Mansions
- Morgan Lewis Mill
- Famous Jewish Synagogue
- Cannon Galore
- Citrus Paradise

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Specific Lists

Some list really go into details, limiting their scope to a certain theme and a certain location.

Here are three nice examples:

Seven Wonders of Texas Architecture
University of Texas

The list was put together by the dean of the School of Architecture at the University of Texas Austin:

- The Alamo
- San Antonio River Walk
- Battle Hall
- Texas Capitol
- Ellis County Courthouse
- Kimbell Art Museum
- Houston Astrodome

Seven Natural Wonders of Northern California
localgetaways.com

From architecture back to nature: The travel site Local Getaways has compiled a list of seven must-sees in Northern California:

- Yosemite Valley
- Tall Trees Grove
- Mount Shasta
- Lake Tahoe
- Monterey Bay
- Mount Whitney
- General Sherman Tree

Seven Wonders in the Museums of Berlin
gridskipper.com

Still not specific enough?
Here is list of treasures in the many museums and art galleries in the German capital Berlin:

- Pergamon Altar
- botticelli's sketches for the Divine Comedy
- Ishtar Gate
- South Sea Hall
- Qing Dynasty Throne
- lucas Cranach's Fountain of Youth
- Nefertiti Bust

And finally...

...just to show that pretty much anything is possible -
Well, you get the idea:

Seven Wonders of Winter in the US
travelchannel.com

- Multnomah Falls
- Yellowstone NP
- Bryce Canyon NP
- St. Joseph Lighthouses
- Yosemite NP
- Coyote Buttes
- Joshua Tree NP

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