A Crazy Bicycle Trip Across the 7 World Wonders: All Roads Lead to RomeBy Venere.com, PRNE
Sunday, July 31, 2011
ROME, August 1, 2011 -
Summer is here and at Venere.com, we’ve got our minds thinking about holiday getaways. How about a trip to each of the New Seven Wonders of the World? To make things even more interesting, how about taking that trip by bicycle? We have everything already planned out, including how much water you would need to drink and how many total calories you would burn. We’ve also listed some facts about each world wonder on the map and included some extra facts on the list below. So grab your bicycle and get ready to ride!
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This ancient city was once home to the Nabataeans, an ancient nomadic people. The most notable of the buildings are the Treasury and the Monastery (pictured). All of Petra was built into a rock face, which is where it gets its name (Petra means “rock” in Greek).
Taj Mahal, India
Built between 1631 and 1654, the Taj Mahal was dedicated to eternal love.
Great Wall, China
About 70% of the wall is made of rammed earth and adobe; the other 30% is made of brick.
Chichen Itzá, Mexico
The design of the Temple of Kukulkan, built in the year 1000, is one of four cardinal points with 91 steps each, which makes up a total of 364 (for 365 days in the year).
Machu Picchu, Peru
The city was made up of an urban section with a residential area, a religious section, and an agricultural section with terraced farmland. About 750 people lived in the city and it is believed that the entire population was wiped out by small pox.
Christ the Redeemer, Brazil
Set on a mountain overlooking the city of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, is a 1,133,980.925-kilogram statue of Jesus Christ holding His arms open to the world. The statue was completely funded by donations from the people of the local Catholic Church and was built to show the love of Christ for all. Since its completion in 1931, the statue has become the symbol of Rio de Janeiro.
According to one speculation, 100,000 prisoners were brought back to Rome as slaves after the Jewish war and pressed into service building the Colosseum. An estimated 9,600,000 stones were used in its construction.
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