Quigley's assignment was to write an essay about one of the Seven Wonders of the World and why it was special for him. This made think. Could I even name all seen wonders? After thinking about for awhile, I realized I could only remember about four of them. So I went to my friend, Google, and looked them up. And what I found out shocked me.
I've talked about awe and the value it brings to our lives. Awe makes us feel inspired. It can make us feel small, while at the same time making us feel connected to everything in the universe. Awe is, well, awesome. The Seven Wonders of the World may inspire awe, even just by looking at photos. And feeling a sense of awe is a pretty great way to begin the weekend!
The Seven Wonders of the World have changed through the centuries, so here is the list of what is considered to be the modern list of wonders. Honestly, I didn't know the list had even been updated...that's how out-of-date I am!
1. The Channel Tunnel - The 50 km tunnel (31.06 miles) running under the English Channel, connecting England to France.
2. CN Tower - The 533 meter high, needle-like tower (1748.69 feet) in downtown Toronto, Canada. When it was built, in 1976, it was the tallest building in he world.
3. The Empire State Building in New York City - This 102-story building was the tallest building in the world from the time it was built, in 1931, until 197o.
4. Golden Gate Bridge - The San Francisco iconic bridge was the world's longest suspension bridge for nearly 30 years, starting in 1937.56.
5. Itaipu Dam - Located on the border between Brazil and Paraguay, it is the second-largest in the world for energy generation.
6. Netherlands North Sea Protection Works - A massive series of dams, levees, locks, and barriers that protect low-lying Netherlands from the sea.
7. Panama Canal - Completed in 1917, this massive engineering project connects the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. A new, larger canal was opened in 2016.
Then, there are these: The Seven Natural Wonders of the World
1. Grand Canyon
2. Great Barrier Reef
3. The harbor at Rio de Janeiro
4. Mt. Everest
5. Northern Lights
6. Paricutin Volcano
7. Victoria Falls
Personally, I like the original, or ancient, Seven Wonders of the World which include: The Colossus of Rhodes, the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, and the Great Pyramid of Giza...the oldest of the original Seven Wonders of the World with construction that ended in 2560 B.C. It is also the only one of the original seven that is still standing.
How many of the modern Seven Wonders have you seen? I've visited a few and have traveled through the "Chunnel." I didn't know, then, that it's considered a Wonder of the Modern World. If I had, I might have paid more attention!
I wish you all a great weekend and invite you all back here on Monday. See you then!