The Seven Wonders of the World
Changing Face Of Travel…
Sometimes it’s worth looking backwards to understand how we can go forwards. Without the internet (or our great tripsology community), how did people actually select their holiday destination? How did you find out where was a hit and where was a miss? The answer lies within The Seven Ancient Wonders of the World.
The Seven Ancient Wonders of the World is historically a listing of seven sites known to the Ancient Greeks as the most remarkable creations in their known world:
- The Colossus of Rhodes
- The Great Pyramid of Giza
- The Hanging Gardens of Babylon
- The Lighthouse of Alexandria
- The Mausoleum at Halicarnassus
- The Statue of Zeus at Olympia
- The Temple of Artemis at Ephesus
On 7th July 2007, a ‘new’ set of The Seven Wonders of the World was announced, based on nominations from over 100 million online voters from around the world. This popularity poll was organised by the New7Wonders Foundation based in Zurich, Switzerland, and the seven winners were:
- Chichen Itza, Mexico – Mayan City
- Christ Redeemer, Brazil – Large Statue
- The Great Wall, China
- Machu Picchu, Peru
- Petra, Jordan – Ancient City
- The Roman Colosseum, Italy
- The Taj Mahal, India
The approach for selecting the New Seven Wonders of the World was based on the original Seven Ancient Wonders of the World, which were put together by Philon of Byzantium in 200 B.C. Each man-made site on Philon’s list was located in the Mediterranean Sea basin, and his list served as an ancient ‘travel guide’ for his fellow Athenians. His selections were based upon guide-books which were popular among Hellenic sight-seers.
Unfortunately, The Great Pyramid of Giza is the only wonder of the ancient world remaining today. However, little did Philon know that, centuries later, tripsology would recreate his travel guide concept for the modern age, launching an innovative social media platform where adventurous travellers can advise and help fellow wanderlust seekers. We’ve taken it a bit further than Philon, however, allowing adventurous and like-minded travellers to share holiday tips and travel adventures with the world!
Inspire other tripsologists with your journey around the world, how many of the Seven Wonders of the World have you seen? Create a trip and let us know on www.tripsology.com