Historically, the seven wonders of the world were sites known to the Ancient Greeks as the most notable locations in the world, the likes of which included the Great Pyramid of Giza, Temple of Artemis at Ephesus and the Lighthouse of Alexandria.
However, with the passage of time, other awe-inspiring places like Stonehenge, the Colosseum, the Great Wall of China and the Taj Mahal have made it to the list.
While all the structures are indeed wondrous in their own right, following are the choicest from the lot captured by Google Maps’ Street View.
Located in Agra, India, this monument of love needs no introduction. It is amongst UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites and according to legend the sign of eternal love of an Indian Mughal Emperor for his favorite queen.
Another one of UNESCO’s world heritage sites, the Galapagos Islands are situated in the Pacific Ocean and are a group of 19 islands surrounding a marine reserve. It has been called a unique "living museum and showcase of evolution" because of its location at the union of three ocean currents and the resultant marine species that habitat it.
Built in the early 12th century, Angkor Wat was first a Hindu, then subsequently a Buddhist temple complex in Cambodia. It is the largest religious monument in the world. It has become a symbol of Cambodia and appears on its national flag.
Venice is a beautiful and intriguing city in northeastern Italy comprised of group of 118 small islands separated by canals and linked by bridges. It is renowned for the beauty of its setting, its architecture and its artworks.
Wieliczka Salt Mine
The Wieliczka Salt Mine, located in the town of Wieliczka in southern Poland, was built in the 13th century.
The mine's attractions include dozens of statues, three chapels and an entire cathedral that has been carved out of the rock salt by the miners. About 1.2 million people visit the Wieliczka Salt Mine annually.
Mount Fuji located on Honshu Island, is the highest mountain in Japan at 3,776.24 meters. The great mountain lying about 60 miles south-west of Tokyo, can be seen from there on a clear day. It is one of Japan's "Three Holy Mountains." Its importance as a special place of scenic beauty got the mountains a spot on the World Heritage List as a Cultural Site on June 22, 2013.
The Grand Canyon is a steep-sided canyon carved by 2 billion years of the Earth's geological transitions and the passage of the Colorado River in Arizona.
It is 277 miles long, up to 18 miles wide and attains a depth of over a mile.
In 1893 it was afforded federal protection as a forest reserve and later a national monument. In 1919 the Grand Canyon got national park status. Today, the Grand Canyon National Park receives close to 5 million visitors each year.