Where are the “Seven Wonders of the World”?
All three of Giza’s famed pyramids and their elaborate burial complexes were built during a frenetic period of construction, from roughly 2550 to 2490 B.C. The pyramids were built by Pharaohs Khufu (tallest), Khafre (background), and Menkaure (front).
Photograph by James Stanfield, National Geographic
• Great Pyramid at Giza
• Hanging Gardens of Babylon
• Colossus of Rhodes
• Lighthouse of Alexandria
• Temple of Artemis at Ephesus
• Mausoleum at Halicarnassus
• Statue of Zeus at Olympia
Photograph of the Great Barrier Reef by David Doubilet, National Geographic
• Great Barrier Reef
• Mount Everest
• Victoria Falls
• Paracutin volcano
• the Auroras
• the harbor of Rio de Janeiro
• Grand Canyon
Illustration by Eurotunnel Le Shuttle
Ocean vents like this one in the South Pacific are one of the likely places that life first developed on Earth.
Photograph courtesy Submarine ROF 2006, NOAA Vents Program. CC BY 2.0
This golden view of Saturn is in “natural color”—the wavelengths that human eyes could see it if there were actually any humans on NASA’s Cassini spacecraft, which snapped this image in 2013. Curious about that blue hexagon up top? Read this post to learn more.
Photograph by NASA/JPL-Caltech/SSI/Cornell
The Taj Mahal, a mausoleum of white marble, was built in Agra, India, between 1631 and 1648 in memory of emperor Shah Jahan’s favorite wife. Designated by UNESCO as a world heritage site, the Taj Mahal is admired across the world as a masterpiece of Indian art.
Photograph by Kyle Merriman, My Shot
California’s Golden Gate Bridge connects the city of San Francisco with the Marin Headlands.
Photograph by J. Baylor Roberts, National Geographic
What do you think about this new list of wonders? What would you add to the list? Tell us!