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    The Pyramid at ChichnItz (before 800 A.D.) Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico

    Chichen Itza once served as the political and economic center of Mayan civilization. The city housed

    masterpieces like the Temple of ChacMool, the Hall of the Thousand Pillars, the Playing Field of the

    Prisoners and the pyramid of Kukulkan, which was the last Mayan temple.

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    Christ Redeemer (1931) Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

    The 125-foot statue (including pedestal) is an art deco style design by Heitor da Silva Costa,carved by French sculptor Paul Landowski. The statue took five years to construct with the

    pedestal and chapel being ready to accommodate 150 people as of October 1931.

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    The Roman Colosseum (70 82 A.D.) Rome, Italy

    The Roman Colosseum, also spelled, Coliseum, was constructed as an amphitheater. Thearchitect of the masonry and cut stone tiers of arches and half-columns of Doric, Ionic, and

    Corinthian orders is unknown. The Colosseum could hold 50,000 spectators and had 80

    entrances. The base of the building covers six acres and is roughly the height of a 12-15

    story building.

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    The Great Wall of China (220 B.C and 1368 1644 A.D.) China

    Parts of the Great Wall date to more than 2500 years ago. Originally constructed to protecttheir territories from invasion, Emperor Qin Shi-huang ordered General MengTian to extend

    and connect the walls after 220 BC to dissuade the Huns. The Wall once served as a united

    defense system, but its functionality and purpose changed over time. No one can deny,

    however, its greatness. Thousands of people dedicated their lives to building and defendingthe historic wall.

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    Machu Picchu (1460-1470), Peru

    Machu Picchu or Old Peak and Hoaynawhich, New Peak, overlooks the Urabumba RiverCanyon. About 43 miles from Cuzco, capital of the Incan Civilization, is the home of

    legends. In July 1911 Martain Bingham, with a topographer, biographer, and geology

    engineers found Machu Picchu. To this day the stones are fit together so tightly youd have a

    hard time getting even a thin knife between them.

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    Petra (9 B.C. 40 A.D.), Jordan

    The rosy red mountains and mausoleums are one of the greatest wonders. No doubt Jordansgreatest tourist attraction is a vast, unique city, carved into a sheer rock face. The Nabataens,

    an industrious Arab people settled there more than two millennia ago. Enter the city through a

    long narrow gorge flanked by high cliffs. The tomb of the king extols the engineering genius

    of the ancient people.

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    TheTajMahal (1630 A.D.) Agra, India

    The TajMahal of Agra, on the banks of the River Yamuna, conjures up appreciation for itsbeauty. The construction was a result of love. Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan dedicated the

    monument in memory of his wife MumtazMahal. Its said he fell in love with her at first

    sight. Translated Crown Palace, the wonder is of pure white marble, with exquisite

    ornamentation, gemstones, and beautiful surroundings.