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In August 2007 the New 7 Wonders of the World were announced after a popularity poll in which over 100 million votes were cast. How many of these ultimate travel destinations have you visited?
Chichen Itza was a large city populated by the Maya civilization as early as 900 AD. One one of the most visited archaeological sites in Mexico, Chichen Itza receives an estimated 1.2 million tourists every year.
Kukulcán pyramid, pictured above, is a popular attraction, especially on the day of the spring equinox when an influx of visitors arrive to see the light-and-shadow effect in which the feathered serpent god can supposedly be seen to crawl down the side of the pyramid.
Built by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his third wife, the Taj Mahal is an iconic white marble monument in India. It was in 1631, when the Emperor was left grief-stricken after his wife died during the birth of their 14th child.
Covering an area of over 1000 acres and with a tomb at its centre, the historic structure became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1983.
Christ the Redeemer
This statue of Jesus Christ stands 39.6 metres tall on the peak of Corcovado mountain, overlooking Rio de Janeiro. As a project funded by donations, the statue design was chosen as a symbol of peace and exists as a powerful representation of Brazilian Christianity.
Take the train or a taxi up to the foot of the figure to get a stunning view of the city.
The Colosseum is the largest amphitheatre ever built in the Roman Empire. Capable of seating 50,000 spectators, the venue was used for gladiatorial contests and other public spectacles.
Entry is free for EU citizens over 65 years of age and there is a museum dedicated to Eros, the god of love located on the upper floor. Also worth a visit are the network of passageways beneath the Colosseum, once used to transport wild animals and gladiators to the arena.
Great Wall of China
Spanning an incredible 8,850 km The Great Wall of China is a series of fortifications made of stone, brick, earth, wood, and other materials. The wall has served to protect the Chinese Empire against intrusions and has allowed border controls such as the imposition of duties on goods transported along the Silk Road.
As a popular tourist attraction and walking route, there are plenty of organised tours to choose from.
This 15th-century Inca site is located far above sea level in Peru. The city is believed to have been built as an estate for the Inca emperor Pachacuti. Because the site was never known to the Spanish during their conquest, it is highly significant as a relatively intact cultural site.
Restoration has been carried out and continues to this day in order to give tourists a better idea of what the structures originally looked like.
Petra is a historical city in Jordan. It lies on the slope of Mount Hor in a basin among mountains and has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1985. Poet John William Burgonn describes the site as 'a rose-red city half as old as time'.
Open daily, the Petra Visitor Center lies just outside the archaeological site and is the point of entry for tourists. A range of ticket types are available depending on the length of your stay and the number of visits you wish to make into Petra.