Wednesday, February 25, 2015

The 7 man made Wonders of the World - the greatest real estate ever built!

Where can we find the greatest real estate ever built? That’s easy; it’s the 7 Man-Made Wonders of the World, of course. But when we talk about the Wonders of the World it tends to get confusing, because there are many lists, including the 7 Ancient Wonders of the World, the 7 Natural Wonders of the World, and even New 7 Wonders of the World. But when it comes to the 7 most awe inspiring man-made architectural marvels in world, we’ve got them covered here. So whether you have one or all of them on your bucket list, you’re a history buff, or you just appreciate the most amazing real estate ever built, we hope you enjoy this journey across the world! 

Chichen Itza
Yukatan, Mexico
In the southeastern region of Yukatan in Mexico lies Chichen Itza, the cornerstone of the great Mayan civilization and now one of the most visited sites in the world. The mighty Mayan empire ruled between 600-900 AD and displayed incredible advanced techniques in science, math, astrology, and building, as evidenced by Chichen Itza with its paved roads, dozens of stone buildings, and diverse architectural styles spanning 5 square kilometers.

Christ the Redeemer
Rio De Janiero Brazil
Watching over South America’s beach-lined city of Samba and soccer sits the iconic Christ the Redeemer statue, the subject of some of the most breathtaking photographic images ever taken. This statue of Christ stands high up on top of Mount Corcovado in the Tijuca Forest National Park in Brazil, the largest national park in the center of a city in the world. Built between 1922 and 1931 with 635 tons of materials, including an outer façade in soapstone, this 130 foot high statue is the largest in the word and offers breathtaking views of Rio, Copacabana and Ipanema beaches, and even the famous soccer stadium where Pele played, Mericana.

The Colosseum
Rome, Italy
The Colosseum is a testament to the mighty Roman Empire, the ruins of an open-air amphitheater that hosted up to 80,000 spectators watching gladiators fight to the death during its high point. It’s the largest the Romans ever built, beginning in 72 AD and completed in 80 AD. In addition to gladiatorial fights, the Colosseum thrilled the citizens of Rome with grand events such as mock sea battles, animal hunts, executions, re-enactments of famous battles and drama's based on classical mythology. These days, crowds of tourists wait in long lines and fight to get in to glimpse the great architectural spectacle.

The Great Wall of China
Perhaps the most impressive feat of building based on sheer scale, the Great Wall of China extends 3,460 kilometers – with an additional 2,860 of branches – across the northern frontier of China. It was originally built around 2,500 years ago by two separate Dynasties as a defensive abutment against invaders. Although it’s crumbling and damaged in some parts the wall is still remarkably intact, standing from 30-100 feet wide and anywhere from 10 to 80 feet tall. It crosses desserts, forests, and mountain ranges and is the only man made structure visible from outer space.

Machu Picchu
Nestled in the rugged mountain ranges of the Urubamba Valley in the Andes Mountains in Peru, just 70km north of the charming and festive high-elevation town of Cusco, Machu Picchu is the stronghold that was the heart of the ancient Inca civilization. It sits on a narrow and sheer plateau over 8,000 feet above sea level. It’s widely believed that the Inca Empire built Machu Picchu around the 15th century, including advanced irrigations and water catching mechanisms, precise stonework, and scores of buildings. The Inca civilization mysteriously disappeared, whether from famine, war, or disease it’s not known, but the jungle swallowed up the city for centuries. It was rediscovered in 1911 by an Austrian explorer, Hiram Bingham, and so is called “The Lost City.” If a tourist wants to earn the once-in-a-lifetime views from Machu Picchu, they can hike up the unforgiving Inca Trail from Cusco for a 4-day journey to the summit.

Petra is entire ancient city literally carved into the red sandstone mountains of Hor in the arid desert of Jordan. The city was one of the finest in the world as far back as 106 AD, where it served as a stopping point for traders and spice merchants coming and going throughout the Middle East and capital of the Nabataean empire. Due to it’s red hue and ancient origins, Petra is called ''A rose red city half as old as time.” But the thriving civilization was wiped out of existence by floods and buried by sandstorms, and replaced by maritime trading routes. So Petra sat beneath the earth for centuries and lost to the world, only a very small amount of buildings used as shelter by the nomadic Bedouin tribes. But in 1812 a Swiss explorer, Johann Ludwig Burckhardt, stumbled upon Petra during an archeological dig, one of the greatest finds in history.  Even two hundred years later Petra is still less than half excavated, with stunning 150 foot high ornate buildings like the Treasury –featured in the Indian Jones movie – one of the most stunning spectacles in the world.

Taj Mahal
Agra, India
Called “The greatest love story ever built,” the Taj Mahal was built as a mausoleum by the emperor Shah Jahan to his beautiful wife Mumtaz Mahal, who died during childbirth. Construction started in 1632 as the heartbroken Emperor wanted to build a structure as a tribute to the beauty of his departed bride. It took 20,000 laborers, artisans, and engineers from India, Persia, and Rajasthan and other countries in the region. The result, completed in 1653, is the world’s most stunning structure, with 28 kinds of precious and semi-precious stones used to bejewel the carved marble edifice. Unfortunately the story has a tragic ending; the Emperor Mumtza Mahal wanted to build an equally impressive mausoleum, all in black to match the white Taj Mahal, across the river and connected by a bridge. But his son, who feared his love-struck father was going to spend his whole family fortune on such frivolities, had him imprisoned and assumed power. Mumtaz Mahal spent the rest of his days locked in a cell in a nearby tower, though he did have a view of the Taj Mahal, his late wife’s burial place, to keep him company.

Honorable mention and the 8th Wonder of the World:

The Great Pyramid of Egypt
Gza, Cairo, Egypt 

Largely assumed to be a Wonder of the World, the pyramids outside Cairo go back thousands of years and are a marvel of architecture, consisting of 2,300,000 blocks of solid stone weighing anywhere from 2-30 tons all the way up to 70 tons! The Pyramids didn't make the list of 7 man made Wonders of the World because it was already included on the list of 7 Natural Wonders of the World, so it's widely include with an honorable mention on this list.


Look for our upcoming blog where we name our own 7 Architectural Wonders of the World in honor of the real estate profession!

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