The Seven Wonders of the World or the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World are the man-made architectures which were built during the classical era. It is believed that these amazingly great structures were taken into account and a list of the best structures of the world famously known as the wonders of the world were compiled during the second century B. C. Though the ancient historians had started compiling the list of wonderful structures in the second century B. C. itself, the final list of the Seven Wonders of the World that we all know was defined in the middle ages. As we all know, the Seven Wonders of the World are:
- The Great Pyramid at Giza
- Hanging Gardens of Babylon
- Temple of Artemis at Ephesus
- Statue of Zeus at Olympia
- Tomb of Maussollo at Halicarnassus
- Colossus at Rhodes
- Lighthouse of Alexandria
While these are the ancient lists, there has been a new list of seven wonders which has taken into account structures which were not included in the first list for various reasons. The prominent reason being that most of these structures were built after the list was made and hence the new list includes the following structures:
- Great Wall of China
- Petra in Jordan
- The Colosseum in Rome, Italy
- The Chichen Itza in Yucatan, Mexico
- The Machu Picchu in Cuzco Region, Peru
- The Taj Mahal in Agra, UP, India
- Christ The Redeemer in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil.
While there’s no doubt that these are some of the exceptional man-made structures and are truly a treat to the eyes of the viewer, it is also true that there have much more structures that have come up which are equally mind-blowing. Hence, to draw your attention towards some of the finest structures built by humans in modern times, we have compiled a list of magnificent buildings that will make your jaw drop. Do have a look at them:
The Lotus Building in Wujin, China
Blooming out of an artificial lake at the center of Wujin, China, is the Lotus Building. The beautiful building takes its name and form from the blooming lotus flower. The architect’s idea was to create an amazing atmosphere, despite the weather or the season. The building is home to departments of the city’s planning bureau.
An incredible hotel in the Alps
This is still a concept, but we couldn’t pass it by. This hotel is planned to be built in the Alps. The building creator is Andrii Rozhko, and he was inspired by the dramatic mountain landscape. The hotel hugs a rugged cliffside and has a striking glass facade.
The Lotus Temple in the village of Bahapur, India
Another grand building in the shape of the lotus flower is the main worship house of the Baha’i Faith. Its doors are open to everyone, regardless of their religion. 9 doors lead to the central hall of the temple, which symbolizes the unity of all religions.
The Cubic Houses of Rotterdam, Netherlands
There is a group of 40 houses on Overblaak Street in Rotterdam. They give the impression that the whole world has turned upside-down. The houses were constructed by the architect Piet Blom, and all the walls and windows are angled at 45 degrees.
By the way, there are private apartments inside. We wonder what it’s like to live in one of them!
The Atomium in Brussels, Belgium
Those who see the building might think it is just a huge sculpture made of metal. However, it is a fully featured building. By following the tubes, one can move between the spheres and reach a science museum or a restaurant. The Atomium depicts 9 iron atoms in the shape of the body-centered cubic unit cell of an iron crystal.
City of Arts and Sciences in Valencia, Spain
This is one more outstanding example of modern architecture, and it is located right on the water in the middle of the park in Valencia. It looks really futuristic and reminds one of the skeleton of a fantastic beast. The complex consists of 5 buildings: a covered plaza, an IMAX cinema, a park, a science museum, and an oceanographic park.
Heydar Aliyev Center in Baku, Azerbaijan
Heydar Aliyev Center is probably the most curious and recognized building in Baku. The brilliant female architect Zaha Hadid, known for her love of “alien” shapes, designed the fluid form of the building. Inside there are exhibition halls and offices.
Emporia shopping mall in Malmo, Sweden
This shopping center is the biggest in Scandinavia. Double-bent glass encloses the diagonal slit that cuts through the building as if it is going to fall. Inside, visitors and shoppers can find colorful escalators, swings instead of sitting benches, and hanging gardens.
La Muralla Roja in Calpe, Spain
There is a housing project in the south of Spain where everyone would love to live. Its name can be translated as “red wall,” and the building makes clear references to the popular architecture of the Arab Mediterranean area. Inside the building, the red color switches to purple and blue.
ArtScience Museum in Singapore
This museum is one of the main attractions of Singapore. Its shape reminds one of cupped palms or a lotus flower. The 3 skyscrapers in the background with a ship on top of them are Marina Bay Sands, a luxurious hotel and another architectural masterpiece of Singapore.
Capital Gate in Abu Dhabi, UAE
At 520 ft and 35 stories, it is one of the tallest buildings in the city. Guinness World Records certified Capital Gate as “the world’s furthest leaning man-made tower.” The tower leans 18 degrees (for comparison, Pisa’s Tower leans only 4 degrees).
The second name of the skyscraper is The Leaning Tower of Abu Dhabi.
Markthal in Rotterdam, Netherlands
This Market Hall is the most beautiful in the world. Even the Queen of the Netherlands came to the opening ceremony. The market is located inside a residential building in the shape of an arch. The inside of the building is adorned with artwork by Arno Coenen: fruits, vegetables, fish, and flowers. That is why some call the market the Sistine Chapel of Rotterdam. The artwork can be seen here.
Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain
This is one of the world’s most spectacular buildings in the style of Deconstructivism. Architect Philip Johnson described it as “the greatest building of our time.” The museum has both permanent and temporary exhibitions. The permanent exhibition is devoted to the art of the 20th century. Don’t mix it up with the Guggenheim Museum in New York City!
The Kunsthaus Graz in Graz, Austria
Architecture from an unusual angle
Media artist, Victor Enrich from Barcelona creates incredible buildings, deconstructing and reconstructing existing architecture. Thanks to his imagination and the magic of computer-aided photographic manipulation, skyscrapers and other buildings appear to bend, twist, and turn inside out.
We are sure that the magnificent buildings have made you feel like these mind-boggling structures are no less than any of the Seven Wonders of the World. Do feel proud about the current generation that this generation too can come up with structures that are equal to and in many cases much better than the Seven Wonders of the World.
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