Of the Seven Ancient Wonders of the world, only one remains: the Pyramids of Giza. Through neglect and general slack maintenance, the other six have ceased to be (and it's debated whether the Hanging Gardens of Babylon ever really were in the first place). An update is needed. If celestial beings were to arrive and ask for a quick tour of our seven greatest achievements, it doesn't look too good to say that we've kind of mislaid most of them, hence since 2011 I have been travelling around the world, visiting man-made monuments, to determine what the actual and existing Seven Wonders of the World are.
Every location I visit, I research in advance. I want to understand the history, the feats of engineering, the manpower (and cost to life) and the - sometimes entirely insane - motives behind building such epic structures. I want to understand the story behind each, so that I know exactly what I'm seeing, rather than wander around with a slightly glazed expression admiring really large piles of bricks. I want to know who built each place, and when, and how, and why. I want to understand, and I want to appreciate, to the very best of my ability.
- For my full list of candidate World Wonders, check out The Full Wonder List, or click on the tab on the green bar above.
- For the list of the original Seven Wonders, plus my motives for this mission, please see The Ancient Wonders and Motives For A New Selection.
- What are my criteria in determining a Wonder? Please see my Criteria Of A Wonder.
- For a further definition of what I feel qualifies as a World Wonder, please see The Bagan Question.
- For my current Top Seven, plus all the rest, take a look at The Leaderboard, or again, click on the tab above. The Reviews tab will take you to a succinct list of all the formally visited and reviewed Wonders.
- For a brief overview of my travels, check out the wildly-titled Travel Overview.
- For everything else, check out the Archives or the various tags on the side bars (the formatting on the Archives page seems to have gone a little awry, I'm afraid, and I'm not technical enough to fix it).
- For the very start of this blog, visit here.
- For the beginning of the Asian travels, please visit Off and Away.
- The beginning of the American and European travels commence at Part 2 Begins.
- And for the most recent stuff, visit here. Little grey arrows (I designed them myself, as you may be able to tell) are at the side of each entry to go forward or back.