The New Seven Wonders of the World were announced today in Lisbon, Portugal. (Today’s date being, appropriately enough, 7/7/07). The New7Wonders were selected by worldwide popular vote from 21 candidates chosen from the top 77 different nominees. Here is the list unranked, as they are all considered equal:
The New 7 Wonders of the World
- Chichen Itza – Mexico
- The Great Wall of China – China
- Machu Picchu – Peru
- Petra – Jordan
- The Roman Colosseum – Italy
- The Statue of Christ Redeemer – Brazil
- The Taj Mahal – India
And here are the remaining candidates that were not selected:
- The Acropolis – Greece
- The Alhambra – Spain
- Angkor – Cambodia
- The Easter Island Statues – Chile
- The Eiffel Tower – France
- Hagia Sophia – Turkey
- Kiyomizu Temple – Japan
- The Kremlin – St. Basil’s
- Neuschwanstein Castle – Germany
- The Statue of Liberty – U.S.A.
- Stonehenge – United Kingdom
- The Sydney Opera House – Australia
- Timbuktu – Mali
The Great Pyramids of Giza
- The Great Pyramids of Giza – Egypt
- The Great Pyramids of Giza were part of the final 21 candidates for the New7Wonders but were removed from competition out of respect for Egypt. They are the only remaining structures from the original list of Seven Wonders of the World. Thus, they will be listed together with the New7Wonders as the Eight Wonders of the World.
So, have you ever visited any of these sites? Which are your favorites?
Note: The New7Wonders Project is sponsored by The New7Wonders Foundation. The N7W Foundation was created in 2001 by Swiss adventurer Bernard Weber, with a mission to protect humankind’s heritage across the globe. Fifty percent of all net revenue raised by the New7Wonders Project is to be used to fund restoration efforts of important monuments around the world.
Additional Note: Here is the original list of Seven Wonders of the World:
- The Colossus of Rhodes
- The Great Pyramids of Giza
- The Hanging Gardens of Babylon
- The Mausoleum of Halicarnassus
- The Pharos Lighthouse off Alexandria
- The Statue of Zeus at Olympia
- The Temple of Artemis at Ephesus
This traditional list was derived from various lists compiled by ancient Greek observers. The Pyramids of Giza are the only surviving structures from the original list. The rest no longer exist.