Pictures from 7 of the 7 New Wonders of the World -
7 Wonders of the World
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Chichen Itza, Mexico.  Levi, Bob and I visited here on our trip to Central
America in 2008.  Chichen Itza are Mayan ruins near Cancun, Mexico,
on the Yucatan Peninsula, built in about 800 AD.  It served as the
political and economic center of the Mayan Civilization.
Petra, Jordan.  Levi and I visited Jordan in 2008.  Petra, on the
edge of the Arabian Desert, was the glittering capital of the
Nabataean empire of King Aretas.  Masters of water
technology, the Nabataeans provided the city with great tunnel
constructions and water chambers.  It was built from 9 B.C. to
40 A.D.
Christ the Redeemer Statue, Rio De Janeiro, Brazil.  Visited Rio and the statue
in September 2009 on a trip with Levi to South America!  This is my final Wonder
of the World!  The statue stands 38 meters tall and was built in 1931.  It is one of
the world's best known monuments and symbol of the city of Rio.
Great Wall of China, China.  I went here with Yak's dad, Dr. G, on a big trip with many of
his students in 2004.  It was built in 220 BC and 1368-1644 AD.  It was built to link
existing fortifications into a united defense system to better keep invading Mongol
tribes out of China.  It is the largest man-made monument to have ever been built.
Machu Picchu, Peru.  April, Beth and I visited Peru in 2005.  Machu
Picchu was build in the 15th Century by the Incan Emporer Pachacutec.  
This extraordinary settlement lies halfway up the Andes Plateau, deep in
the Amazon jungle and above the Urubamba River.  Eventually
abandoned only to be rediscovered in 1911.
Colosseum, Rome, Italy.  Visited Rome with my family (mom is in the picture) in 2004.  
The Colosseum was built between 70-82 AD to celebrate the glory of Rome and to
please the spectators of Rome with cruel fights and games.  Virtually every modern
sports stadium today bears the irresistible imprint of the Colosseum's original design.
The Taj Mahal, Agra, New Delhi, India.  Bob and I visited the Taj in 2007 on our tour of some southeast asian
countries.  It was a mausoleum built by Shah Jahan, the fifth Muslim Mogul emperor, in 1630 AD, to honor the
memory of his beloved late wife.  Built of white marble.  It is said he was consequently jailed and could only see
the Taj from his jail cell window.