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Everything may be closed due to COVID-19, but travel enthusiasts can still feed their wanderlust from home.
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
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 as ashlar. Each 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.Bored at home? Explore the New 7 Wonders of the World from your couch!
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
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
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 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.