|AND THE FINALISTS ARE&|
Only seven wonders were picked as the winners, but there were 14 other finalists. Here the other sights well worth visiting.
1. The Acropolis of Athens, Greece
The temples located here, especially the Parthenon, are recognized as some of the best symbols of ancient Greek civilization in the world.
2. Alhambra, Granada, Spain
This 9th-century castle is renowned for its stunning frescoes and is considered one of the finest examples of Moorish architecture in the world.
3. Angkor Wat, Cambodia
One of the most important monuments in Southeast Asia, Angkor Wat is one of the largest sacred temples in the
world. It is known for its intricate ornamentation and well-
4. Statues of Easter Island, Chile
Discovered on Easter Sunday, 1722, the origin of the collection of 82-foot-high stone sculptures still remains a mystery to archaeologists and historians, although it’s believed to be of Polynesian ancestry.
5. The Eiffel Tower, Paris, France
Visited by millions of people every year, it’s one of the most popular tourist attractions not only in France, but in Europe.
It was the tallest man-made structure until the Empire
State Building was built.
6. The Hagia Sophia, Istanbul, Turkey
Built during 532-537 A.D., this monument is a museum that attracts both Christians and Muslims. Architecturally, the massive dome has been used as a model for mosques
found throughout the world.
7. Kiyomizu Temple, Kyoto, Japan
Dating back to 794 A.D., the palaces and temples of Kyoto were the residences of Japan’s emperors and shoguns for more than 1,000 years and are considered one of Asia’s
most cherished cultural sites.
8. The Kremlin and Red Square, Moscow, Russia
Built as a residence for Ivan I, the Kremlin was the official residence of the Czars until the 1917 Russian Revolution. Today, it houses the president’s office.
9. Neuschwanstein Castle, Schwangau, Germany
Various architectural styles make this castle appear as if
out of a fairytale. Its beauty is enhanced by the
surrounding mountains and lakes.
10. The Pyramids of Giza, Egypt
These are the only remnants of the original Seven Ancient Wonders of the World. The sight has attracted visitors from around the world who marvel at its engineering and beauty.
11. The Statue of Liberty, New York City, New York
Given to the U.S. by the French government, the Statue of Liberty has long since been symbolic of America’s belief in freedom and independence.
12. Stonehenge, Amesbury, United Kingdom
Like many wonders on the list, the origins of this creation
are not known. Each stone weighs around 50 tons and
therefore it’s considered an engineering and architectural marvel.
13. Sydney Opera House, Sydney, Australia
Many associate Australia with the famous architecture of the Sydney Opera House. The “sails” are instantly recognizable the world over, as is the music heard inside.
14. Timbuktu, Mali
In the 12th century, Timbuktu was at the crossroads of the four most important caravan paths supplying the Arab world. Today it remains a popular tourist destination in Africa.