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The Great Wall of China. The Taj Mahal. Petra. The Colosseum. Christ the Redeemer. Chichén Itzá. Machu Picchu.
Our immersive 360 video series about the new “Seven Wonders of the World” took viewers to these majestic sites, built on four continents. All of them are architectural marvels of enormous scale — and are among the most visited tourist attractions in the world.
One viewer, Katie Brazier, described how she had traveled to several places on the list.
I walked on parts of the Great Wall of China when I was 10, climbed Chichén Itza when I was 11 and went inside the Colosseum in Rome when I was 12. All the other wonders are on my travel #bucketlist.
We asked viewers to share other places they consider wonders of the world, and received more than 300 responses. Here are some of them, condensed and edited for clarity.
Clamor for Angkor Wat, Cambodia
Angkor Wat, aHindu and Buddhist temple complex in Siam Reap, Cambodia was mentioned in the most responses. It was built in the 12th century and spans 400 acres.
The temples of Angkor rise out of the beautiful jungles that surround them. Experiencing Angkor at sunrise or sunset is truly magical, but visiting anytime is an experience that shouldn’t be missed, and it is difficult to imagine it is not considered one of the 7 wonders of the world. — Lori King
The Angkor Wat temples, I’m sadly surprised, are missing here. Their lush setting adds to the magic of this place. Peace and the grandeur of the natural world coexisted for a brief moment in body and soul the early morning I witnessed the spectacle of sunrise behind these temples — this despite the massive crowd gathered to witness and perhaps reach the communion I personally felt. — Victor M. Gonzalez
Hands down Angkor Wat in its enormity — unparalleled details in its base reliefs — is an extraordinary structure. It deserves a place in the wonders list. — Ravi
Nominees for Other Wonders
Hagia Sophia in Istanbul. Its magnificent architecture has survived earthquakes and political storms to this day. To stand in it, one feels at the heart of nearly 1,000 years of the history of Western civilization. — Michael Pickard
The Buddhist cave temples at Ajanta, India, near Aurangabad, are absolutely breathtaking, enough so that I’ve been there twice. They were cut from the living rock by Buddhist monks and devotees. The silence in the cave temples (if it isn’t high tourism season), the incredible serenity of the faces of Buddha and other saints in the carved statues and wall paintings, the sheer volume and diverse styles of the architecture all make for an unforgettable and very humbling experience. — Nancy Lemmon
The Pyramid of the Sun at Teotihuacan should most definitely be considered a wonder of the world. Climbing up and then standing at the top of its peak, you realize how incredibly complex and advanced the pre-Columbian American civilizations were throughout history. It makes you want to learn about and explore more of the indigenous cultures all throughout the world. — Steven Filie
I have visited all of the seven modern wonders except for Christ the Redeemer. While spectacular, none of them had the effect on me that Lalibela [Ethiopia] had. It is the only place that I have ever visited where I actually did not believe my eyes — or that it was possible to do what they had done. The motivation to carve through all that bedrock to create the exquisite churches — and to then go into the churches and create all that detail. Truly a magnificent achievement! — Alma Adler
The most impressive, nonnatural wonder remains for me the Statue of Liberty: Liberty Enlightening the World. It isn’t only her massive size (taller than the only statue in the chosen modern wonders) and her location in New York Harbor (one of the world’s largest natural harbors). It is also her multiple symbolic meanings that resonate for me. As a great-granddaughter of immigrants, I understood the freedom and hope she represented for them. — Eileen Paroff
Missing the Pyramids and Calls for Natural Wonders
The Pyramids of Giza, the only ancient wonder still standing, were missed by many. Many responses focused on natural wonders, including Iguazu Falls, the redwoods of California, the Grand Canyon and Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe.
The pyramids in Egypt. Being there astounded me. T he structures were so intricate and preserved so well and the experience was mind-blowing. The hieroglyphics and the mummies and their culture in general is so interesting and the massive amount of work they did to build these pyramids should be recognized. — Pia Baldwin Edwards
I prefer natural wonders such as the Grand Canyon and at one time the Great Barrier Reef. Both of these are large and amazing, plus they offer opportunity to explore and connect with our planet. — Catherine Fillmore
Why should a wonder be a monument? The first that comes to my mind is an edelweiss I once saw on a snowy alpine slope. — Elfe Aquitain
I would consider Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe a wonder of the world. I visited in 2011, and it was honestly an experience I will never forget. You hear it before you see it; it’s so loud they recommend earplugs for some. But when it finally comes into view, you can’t look away. I was stunned at the sheer magnitude and force that something natural created, and looking back I still can remember not being able to fit it all into a picture. — Sophie Durham
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