Did you know that only one of the original seven wonders still remain today? The pyramids of Giza still stand, while the other six have been destroyed over time by various events; war, fire, natural disasters…The Hanging Gardens of Babylon, the statue of Zeus at Olympia, the Temple of Artemis at Ephesus, The Mausoleum at Halicarnassus (Turkey), The Colossus of Rhodes and The Lighthouse of Alexandria (Egypt); all are gone.
A new list has been compiled by award-winning travel writer Aaron Millar, featuring seven new awe-inspiring ‘wonders’ for 2017. Here they are, as described by The Express Tribune…
Sagrada Familia, Barcelona
At first glance, Gaudi’s Sagrada Família will leave anyone stunned. The construction of the grand cathedral commenced in 1882 and to this day remains incomplete. The grandeur of the plant-like columns, a roof shaped like leaves and amphibians that stand watch on the doors are all part of Gaudi’s nature-inspired design. The Sagrada Família is truly an architectural masterpiece.
Large Hadron Collider, Switzerland
The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) is the biggest and most complicated machine to have ever been built and took a staggering 100,000-person-years of work to complete. Inside the elaborate machine, sub-atomic particles are fired at 99.999999 per cent of the speed of light through tunnels colder than outer space and collide in an explosion 100,000 times hotter than the centre of the sun. The Large Hadron Collider is truly one of the most advanced wonders of modern times.
The great Wildebeest migration, Kenya and Tanzania
Possibly the most astonishing wildlife event on the planet, the annual wildebeest migration across the Serengeti and Maasai is one to add to your list. Wildebeest in excess of 1.5 million make the 1,000-mile circular journey each year to chase storm clouds in search of fresh grass to pasture. Dozens of miles are filled with herds as dust clouds form with the thunder of their hooves.
The Amazon Rainforest
The Amazon Rainforest is home to 10 per cent of all species known to man, making it the most important ecosystem on Earth. Not only does it produce 20 per cent of the world’s oxygen but also stores one fifth of the planet’s fresh water. The value as a living forest is more of a wonder than the facts and figures that accompany it.
Aurora Borealis, Arctic Circle
While the stars leave us in awe, the Aurora Borealis, or Northern Lights, have filled us with mystery in recent time. Vast curtains of colour shifting from green to blue fill the sky like dancing waves. The spectacular light show is caused by particles from the sun colliding with gases from the Earth’s atmosphere. Witnessing a light show is definitely a must for any bucket list.
Rio de Janeiro Carnival, Brazil
Welcome to the biggest party on the planet. Brazil’s Rio de Janeiro Carnival marks five days of non-stop dancing, drinking and drumming where huge parades and Samba dancers take over the streets. The wild atmosphere is colourful and infectious to say the least. At the carnival is where you will truly feel the joy of being alive.
Bristlecone Pines, California
Bristlecone Pines are found in the higher mountains of California, Nevada and are the oldest known living non-clonal organism on Earth. At over 5,000 years old, they predate the Great Pyramids, the birth of Christ and the invention of the Alphabet.
(source - The Express Tribune)