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July
16

Amazing wonders around the world

I’d heard about Stonehenge all my life, and viewed pictures of it from seemingly every angle, but seeing the monument in person was something else entirely. My reaction was utter awe; I had to be dragged away, and I’m pretty sure my family still has pictures of me standing with my mouth agape.

Seeking out the big, wonderful, awe-inspiring and amazing seems to be hard-wired into us. The list that made up the traditional Seven Wonders of the World was something of an early-day travel guide. Since six of them don’t exist anymore, it’s no wonder that a worldwide vote was held a few years ago to name seven new ones.

In a new Bing Travel slide show, we bring you some of the planet’s most amazing wonders — sites such as the Great Wall of China, Brazil’s Christ the Redeemer statue, the Acropolis in Greece and the Statue of Liberty in New York City. The 24 images include all of the sites voted to the New 7 Wonders lineup, along with many other sites that make us marvel.

I’ve been lucky enough to visit eight of the gems in this slide show, but my favorite might be the ancient city of Samarkand in Uzbekistan, a veritable treasure trove of history and breathtakingly artistic architecture.

Which sites in this gallery have you been to, and which do you hope to visit? And what other amazing places around the world do you think should have been included on this list? Share your thoughts with fellow travelers in the comments section.

Comments

  • Mhkura very wonderful information

  • I have no extra information. you show everything. Beautiful collection of wonders.

  • I've seen stonehenge and I can't say I was as impressed as you. Would love to see the other wonders though!

  • Superb. Will visit Stonehenge this year! :)

  • So informative picturul geniuses....awesome !

  • Perpericon, the ancient thracian city

  • You should add the temple of Bacchus in Baalbeck, Lebanon

  • The only possible candidate for your list that I can think of is the Forbidden City in Beijing.  There are still rooms in that complex that are so sacred they are never opened.

  • Burj Khalifa and Palm Island in Dubai.

  • The astrodome needs to be on there. yes it was built in the past 50 years, but for a while it was called the "8th wonder of the world", and is still an awesome structure.

  • I can think of a few places I've seen that I would rank ahead of certain parts of the list.  That said, the list is great, but I might include the Ummayad Mosque in Damascus, St. Peter's Cathedral in Rome, the Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem, Notre Dame in Paris, and Teotihuacan in Mexico.

  • Missing on this list is the Batalha Monastery in Portugal. It is absolutely breath-taking !

  • how about the Grand Canyon???     Mt. Rushmore???   Devil's Tower????

  • 1,000 years before the English were "arranging furniture" in Stonehenge, Irish architects, engineers and astronomers had constructed Newgrange. Stonehenge doesn't "do" anything. Newgrange, 5,000 years after it was built still "works" in its pinpoint tracking of the sun.

  • Has anyone considered the Lalibela in Ethiopia? I think it should be on the list.

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