The Seven Wonders of the World for Kids

Updated March 18, 2017

The Seven Wonders of the World generally refers to seven remarkable manmade ancient structures. But only the Great Pyramid of Giza in Egypt has survived to this day, making the list difficult for kids to relate to. In 2007, a new list was comprised from over 100 million votes by the New7Wonders Foundation. All of the structures on the new list are still standing as of 2011 and are fascinating for kids.

Christ the Redeemer

This is a 120-foot tall, 98-foot wide and 635-ton statue of Jesus Christ at the top of the 2,300-feet high Corcovado Mountain in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Jesus stands with his arms outstretched and head bent forward. Christ the Redeemer was built from 1922 to 1931. The statue is comparable to the Colossus of Rhodes from the seven wonders of the ancient world, a 107-foot tall statue of Greek God Helios built by the ancient Greeks.

Machu Picchu

The Inca people started building Machu Picchu as a half city, half fortress. Also known as "The Lost City of the Incas," this ancient city can be found in the Andes Mountains in Peru. The buildings include the Temple of the Sun and the Room of the Three Windows. The Incas left Machu Picchu in the 16th century when the Spanish invaded.

Chichen Itza

Located in Yucat√°n, Mexico, this site was a political centre for the Mayan civilisation around 600AD. The Kukulkan Pyramid, or "El Castillo" to the locals, is in the centre of the Chichen Itza and is surrounded by a variety of stone architecture.

Taj Mahal

The structure was built in Agra, India, between 1632 and 1654, by more than 20,000 workers. Mughal emperor Shah Jahan had the mausoleum built for his wife Mumtaz Mahal, who had died. The sarcophagi of Mahal and Jahan are kept inside the Taj Mahal.

Colosseum of Rome

Construction of the Colosseum began around 70AD and finished in 80AD, though alterations have been made since this date. Used for such events as gladiatorial contests and royal speeches, the Colosseum could hold 50,000 people. Situated in Rome, the huge structure is made largely of travertine limestone held together with iron clamps.


Petra is an ancient city in Jordan inhabited before 500BC by the Nabataeans. The whole city, made up of 800 structures, was carved out of rock. Buildings included a shrine, palace, temple and the most famous structure in Petra, "Khazneh el-Farun," the royal treasury.

The Great Wall of China

The Great Wall of China is 4,000 miles long and made of rocks, masonry and packed earth. Begun over 2,000 years ago by the first emperor of China, Qin Shi Huangdi, the wall was designed to protect the Chinese people from the Hsiung Nu tribes, also known as the "Huns."

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Based in the U.K., Martin Cole has been writing since 2009. His articles have been published in "The Evening Chronicle," "The Journal" and "The Sunday Sun." He holds a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from Northumbria University.