From Macchu Pichu to the Coloseum, everybody has heard of the 7 Wonders of the World. The new wonders were chosen in the early 2000s by a committee in Switzerland known as the New7Wonders Foundation. The 7 chosen wonders were meant to represent the ‘modern’ world as all of the ancient wonders, except for the great pyramid of Giza, have been destroyed over time.
Despite their cult status, people often mistake other amazing buildings as being world wonders. The simple truth is that it is impossible to pick just 7 world wonders; there are so many amazing places to travel to and see. Here is a list of 7 alternative wonders of the world:
Alhambra – Spain
The Alhambra in Granada is possibly the most impressive historical structure in all of Spain. Built in the mid-13th century during the Moorish occupation of southern Spain, the Alhambra was built to be a palace for the great Emirate of Granada. The stunning palace is unique representation of Arab architecture and culture in Medieval Europe.
Hamrandir Sahib – India
The Hamrandir Sahib, also known as the Golden Temple is the most important religious site in the Sikh religion. Built in the 16th century, the temple was built as a place of worship for all people, regardless of gender and religious beliefs. In the 18th century, the temple was plated in gold, giving it its unique look and English name. The temple is still a major sight of worship for many people from around the world.
Acropolis – Greece
Everyone who’s been to Athens has seen the Acropolis and the Parthenon. As one of the buildings that is most often mistaken for being a world wonder, it is easy to see why. The Acropolis is an ancient Citadel built in Athens in the 5th century BCE. Despite being largely in ruins, the Acropolis is still a major historical site and one of Greece’s most popular attractions.
Moai – Easter Island
The Moai are large statue heads built by the Nui People between the 13th and 15th centuries. In addition to their peculiar look, most of the intrigue surrounding the Moai derives from the fact that nobody really knows how the Nui were able to move and carve the stones given their means and resources.
Stonehenge – England
Stonehenge is likely Britain’s most famous monument. The stone circle dates back to prehistoric times and is shrouded in mystery. Though Stonehenge is believed by some to have been a burial ground, nobody truly knows how who built it, and why.
Angkor Wat – Cambodia
Angkor Wat is one of the most impressive religious structures in the world. Built by King Suryavarman in the 13th century, it is the biggest religious monument in the entire world and is the country’s prime attraction.
Hagia Sophia – Turkey
Built in the 6th century in Constantinople, the Hagia Sophia represented the wealth and power of the Byzantine Empire. It later became a mosque after the Ottoman conquest and to this day remains one of Turkey’s main attractions. The Hagia Sophia and its majestic dome stand opposite the great Blue Mosque of Istanbul, offering travelers 2 amazing wonders in one visit.