Eighth Wonder of the World

Eighth Wonder of the World

Eighth Wonder of the World is a term sometimes used to describe things in comparison to the Seven Wonders of the World, the widely-known list of seven remarkable constructions of classical antiquity.

Things labeled as the Eighth Wonder of the World

Natural places

* Grand Canyon, in Arizona, in the United States [ [http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/7Wonders/ ABC Good Morning America "7 New Wonders" Page] ]
* Milford Sound, New Zealand; called so by Rudyard Kipling [ [http://www.nationalgeographic.com/photography/galleries/travelnewzealand/ National Geographic Photo Galleries] ]
* Natural Tunnel, in Virginia, so dubbed by William Jennings Bryan [ [http://www.dcr.virginia.gov/state_parks/nat.shtml Natural Tunnel State Park ] ]
* Pink and White Terraces near Rotorua, New Zealand, before they were destroyed by volcanic eruption in 1886 [ [http://www.anheizen.com/terraces/index.php?content=main.php Anheizen] ]
* Giant's Causeway in Northern Ireland [ [http://www.northantrim.com/giantscauseway.htm] ]

Pre-1900 human creations

* Machu Picchu, Peru [ [http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/getaways/052198/dest21.html "World still wonders about the origins of Machu Picchu"] by Michael Lollar, "The Commercial Appeal", May 21, 1998.]
* Banaue Rice Terraces, Philippines [ [http://www.tourism.gov.ph/wow/wonder_of_wonders.asp "Wander Our Wonders"] at WowPhilippines, official tourism website of the Philippines.] [ [http://www.philpost.com/0302pages/rice0302.html "Planting rice is never fun: Modern life threatens Ifugao rice terraces"] by Imelda Visaya Abano, "Philippine Post", February, 2002.] [ [http://www.filipinasoul.com/the-best-of-the-philippines-its-natural-wonders/ filipinasoul.com, ‘The Best’ of the Philippines - its natural wonders] ] [ [http://www.nscb.gov.ph/rucar/fnf_ifugao.htm nscb.gov.ph, FACTS & FIGURES, Ifugao province] ] [ [http://www.visitbanaue.com/main.php?cat=1&subcatid1=10&subcatid2=0, About Banaue > Tourist Attractions] ]
* The Terracotta Army of Xi'an, China [ [http://www.chinaculture.org/gb/en_artqa/2003-09/24/content_39719.htm "Eighth Wonder of the World: Terracotta Warriors"] , ChinaCulture.org, Ministry of Culture, China.] [ [http://qi-journal.com/Culture.asp?-token.SearchID=Terracotta%20Army%20Gets%20Dose%20of%20Modern%20Medicine "China's Terracotta Army Gets Dose of Modern Medicine"] , "Qi: The Journal of Traditional Eastern Health & Fitness".]
* Amber Room in the Catherine Palace near Saint Petersburg, Russia [ [http://www.powells.com/cgi-bin/biblio?inkey=7-0802714242-5 "The Amber Room: The Fate of the World's Greatest Lost Treasure"] by Catherine Scott-Clark and Adrian Levy; publisher's comments.]
* The monastery of San Lorenzo del Escorial, Spain [ [http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/05534c.htm "The Escorial"] , Catholic Encyclopedia.]
* The Hagia Sophia: Eastern Orthodox Church built in Istanbul [ [http://www.theepochtimes.com/news/6-7-16/43955.html "Turkish Delights"] by Phyllis Dolgin, "The Epoch Times", July 16, 2006..]
* The rock-hewn churches at Lalibela, Ethiopia [ [http://cnnstudentnews.cnn.com/2001/fyi/news/11/28/ethiopia/ "Ethiopia: Land of wonder and religious tradition"] by Rudi Bakhtiar, CNN Student News, November 28, 2001.]
* Sigiriya, Sri Lanka [ [http://www.tribuneindia.com/2003/20030810/spectrum/travel.htm "Pearl of the Indian Ocean"] by Priyanka Singh, "The Tribune", August 10, 2003.] [ [http://www.dailynews.lk/2004/01/01/fea15.html "Tourist miracles of Sri Lanka"] by Moin-ul-Haq, "Daily News", January 1, 2004.] [ [http://www.deccanherald.com/deccanherald/aug152004/sh4.asp "Breathtaking castle in the sky"] by C.P. Belliappa, "Deccan Herald", August 15, 2004.]
* Royal Palace in Amsterdam, The Netherlands [ [http://www.bma.amsterdam.nl/adam/uk/groot/paleis.html "Amsterdam Heritage: Town hall in the Dam Square (1648/65), now Royal Palace"] by Municipal Department for Preservation and Restoration of Historic Buildings and Sites of Amsterdam ]
* Great Wall of China, China [ [http://www.powerhousemuseum.com/greatwall/overview.php "The Great Wall of China: Dynasties, Dragons, and Warriors Exhibit Summary"] by [http://www.powerhousemuseum.com/ Powerhouse Museum] ]
* Angkor Wat, Cambodia [ [http://www.reisebilder.ch/kambodscha/angkorwat_e.htm "Angkor Wat, eighth wonder of the world"] by [http://www.reisebilder.ch R. Schär Bern] ]
* The moai statues of Easter Island, Chile [ [http://www.impactlab.com/2007/07/12/the-eight-wonder-of-the-world-easter-island impactlab.com] - The eight wonder of the world - Easter Island/]
* Chichen Itza: "El castillo" also called pyramyd of Kukulcan ubicated in the Peninsula of Yucatan, MexicoFact|date=July 2008

Post-1900 human creations

* Empire State Building, New York City [ [http://www.esbnyc.com/kids/index.cfm Empire State Building official site.] ] [ [http://journalism.nyu.edu/pubzone/ripples/feature_skaroff.html "Does Extra Security Make it Safe?"] by Rebecca Skaroff, "Ripples", New York University.]
* Palm Islands of Dubai [ [http://www.iea.org.uk/record.jsp?ID=338&type=news "The lessons of Dubai? Let’s build some more British isles"] by John Blundell, Institute of Economic Affairs, April 9, 2006.]
* Panama Canal [ [http://www.defenselink.mil/news/Nov2004/n11142004_2004111404.html "Rumsfeld Tours Strategic Panama Canal"] by Donna Miles, "American Forces Press Service", November 14, 2004.]
* Sydney Opera House in Australia; [ [http://www.euphonix.com/news/news2002/070302_sydney_opera_house.htm "Sound Future for Sydney Opera House"] , "Euphonix", July 3, 2002.] the story of its construction was recounted in the opera "The Eighth Wonder"
* Thames Barrier, London, England. [ [http://travel2.nytimes.com/top/features/travel/destinations/europe/unitedkingdom/england/london/sight_details.html?vid=1124996111997 "Thames Barrier Visitors' Centre"] , "The New York Times" Travel section.]
* Bahá'í terraces, on Mount Carmel, Haifa, Israel. [ [http://www.israel-mfa.gov.il/MFA/Israel%20beyond%20the%20conflict/The%20Eighth%20Wonder%20of%20the%20World%20-%20In%20Haifa Israel Magazine-on-Web: July 2001 - The "Eighth Wonder of the World" - In Haifa] ]
* Three Gorges Dam [ [http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2007/06/070612134358.htm NASA Satellites Watch As China Constructs Giant Dam ] ]
*Reliant Astrodome in Houston, Texas [Barks, Joseph V. " [http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_qa3726/is_200111/ai_n9011574 Powering the (new and improved) 'Eighth Wonder of the World'] ", Electrical Apparatus, November 2001. Retrieved 2007-01-16.]
*West Baden Springs Hotel [ [http://www.cookgroup.com/historic_landmarks/index5.html West Baden Springs Hotel ] ]

Pop culture

*King Kong was introduced as the "Eighth Wonder of the World" in the 1933 RKO Pictures movie of the same title [cite web | url=http://www.amazon.co.uk/King-Kong-Eighth-Wonder-World/dp/fun-facts/B0000558OS | title=King Kong | work=Amazon.com | accessdate=2007-02-15] , as well as the 2005 remake of King Kong.
*André the Giant, a professional wrestler, was referred to as the 8th Wonder of the World by World Wrestling Entertainment, [ [http://www.wwe.com/superstars/halloffame/andrethegiant/profile/ "André the Giant"] , World Wrestling Entertainment Hall of Fame.] [ [http://www.andrethegiant.com/ André the Giant official website.] ] .
*Jurassic Park was called the "Eighth Wonder of the World" by John Hammond [Operation Genesis]
*Aishwarya Rai as described in the 1998 film, "Jeans".

ee also

*Wonders of the World
*New Seven Wonders of the World


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