Virtual Travel: Explore The New 7 Wonders of the World from Home

Virtual Travel: Explore The New 7 Wonders of the World from Home

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Everything may be closed due to COVID-19, but travel enthusiasts can still feed their wanderlust from home.

How?

AirPano is a captivating website that provides aerial photos and 3D virtual tours of the best destinations in the world. Are you ready to explore the world from your couch? Then check out the links below to virtually explore the New 7 Wonders of the World!

The Great Wall of China, China

The Great Wall of China consists of numerous walls running west-to-east for 13,170 miles. The walls were built to protect China from northern enemies and invaders.

The Great Wall of China is the longest man-made structure in the world. Various dynasties built sections of the wall over a period of 2000 years.

Over 10 million people visit the Great Wall of China each year.

Machu Picchu, Cuzco Region, Peru

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Machu Picchu is an ancient Inca city that was built as an estate for the 9th Inca emperor. The Incas used a building technique known aashlarEach stone was precisely cut to fit together without mortar. Machu Picchu sits on top of intersecting fault lines, and this technique has prevented its collapse.

Over 1 million people visit Machu Picchu every year.

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Chichen Itza, Yucatan, Mexico

Chichen Itza was an ancient Mayan city and a regional powerhouse. It’s about a 3-hour drive from Cancun. 

Many of the pyramids are based on astronomical and mathematical science. El Castillo, the most recognizable structure, has 365 steps – one for each day of the year. El Caracol has windows that align with constellations to track the seasons.

Chichen Itza is an active archaeological site, and discoveries are still being unearthed. 

Over 2 million people visit Chichen Itza every year.

Roman Colosseum, Rome, Italy

The Roman Colosseum is the largest amphitheatre in the world and can hold 50,000-80,000 spectators. The spectator’s social status determined their seat assignment.

In addition to gladiator contests, the Colosseum hosted classical dramas, sporting events, executions, and wild animal fights.

In 1349, a massive earthquake caused the southern side of the Colosseum to collapse. 

Over 6 million people visit the Colosseum every year.

Taj Mahal, Agra, India

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The Taj Mahal is a mausoleum commissioned by Shah Jahan in memory of his beloved wife, Mumtaz Mahal, who died during childbirth. The mausoleum complex includes a mosque, garden, reflecting pool, and guest house.

The Taj Mahal is almost perfectly symmetrical. The one exception is Shah Jahan’s tomb replica that is positioned west of the central axis.

Over 10 million people visit the Taj Mahal every year.

The Tomb of I’timād-ud-Daulah, known as Baby Taj, is considered to be the inspiration behind the Taj Mahal. Baby Taj was commissioned by Nur Jahan (wife of the Mughal emperor Jahangir) for her father, Mirza Ghiyas Beg.

Christ the Redeemer, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Christ the Redeemer is a statue of Jesus Christ. The statue and base are 125 ft high and weighs 700 tons. It is the largest Art Deco-style statue in the world. 

Initially, the outstretched arms were symbolic of the Christian cross. Today, the outstretched arms are seen as a symbol of peace and love.

Over 2 million people visit the statue every year.

Petra, Jordan

Diego Delso, delso.photo, License CC-BY-SA

Petra is an ancient rose-colored city hewn out of sandstone. It is located between the Dead Sea and the Red Sea. 

This city of stone includes caves, temples, and tombs. Petra has more than 800 carved tombs, including the famous Al-Khazneh (Treasury). Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade was filmed here.

Only 15% of Petra has been explored by archaeologists.

Over 1 million people visit Petra every year.

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12 Comments

  1. May 5, 2020 / 11:48 am

    Embarrassed that the only place I’ve seen on your list is Chicken Pizza. (Thats the nickname :):) What a dreamy list!!!!
    ~ Suzana Barton

  2. April 23, 2020 / 10:06 am

    Thanks for sharing this! I also learned more about each place! I didn’t know that Taj Mahal was built in memory of someone who died 😞 Interesting fact! I’ve only seen it from posts of others but didn’t know the history. ❤️

  3. April 17, 2020 / 11:44 am

    Great read. I have been to a couple of these places, but now want to get to them all when quarantine is over!

  4. April 15, 2020 / 10:10 pm

    Luckily, I’ve been able to check a few of these places off my bucket list already but will have to add the rest. Thanks for sharing and sparking some inspiration. Can’t wait to start traveling again! – Briana @ https://www.nextdestinationunknown.com/

  5. April 7, 2020 / 11:06 pm

    How wonderful! I can’t wait to be able to travel to the grocery store again, and I am really looking forward to vacation and traveling.

  6. April 7, 2020 / 3:04 pm

    Totally enjoyed this and willl share later today with my husband.

  7. April 7, 2020 / 2:24 pm

    So many great sights that I can see without paying a dime and leaving home. Now the bucket list has started!

  8. April 7, 2020 / 1:55 pm

    Seeing all these places make me want to add to my travel goals list! Thanks for sharing!

  9. April 7, 2020 / 12:35 pm

    This seems so cool. I think I’ll be taking advantage of this while quarantined. Thanks for sharing.

  10. April 7, 2020 / 11:39 am

    Absolutely love this post!!! We dreamed about seeing these in person one day, while quarantine this is a great to take advantage of and plan out future trips

  11. April 7, 2020 / 11:02 am

    I love that all of these virtual tours are happening. I did a few in college with VR goggles, they were pretty cool.

  12. Valerie
    April 6, 2020 / 10:24 pm

    I heard about virtual tours going on, but haven’t taken advantage of it yet. I will definitely be making to this week to visit The Taj Mahal!

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