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The New Seven Wonders of the World

New Seven Wonders 07-07-07 in LisbonWhat would a new list of the world's architectural wonders look like?

Check out the video of the winners, below, as well as more information on the top contenders ...

The New Seven Wonders

As every school child knows, the traditional Seven Wonders of the Ancient World was a list compiled more than 2,000 years ago by Greek philospher Philon of Byzantium, who acted as one of the world's first travel guides.

Philon's seven ancient "must sees" included the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, the Colossus at Rhodes, the Lighthouse of Alexandria, the Statue of Zeus at Olympia, the Temple of Artemis at Ephesus, the Mausoleum at Halicarnassus, and the Great Pyramid at Giza.

Why a New Seven Wonders of the World?

Today, only the Great Pyramid of Giza survives as one of the original great wonders, a fact which has prompted a new list of the world's outstanding architectural treasures.

The idea is not without controversy, as some historians perceive it as an effort to dim the time-honored importance of the traditional Seven Ancient Wonders. However, leading architects are strongly in favor of the drive which they claim will help renew interest in efforts to preserve still-existing wonders for future generations.

Online voting took place at the New 7 Wonders Foundation where 90 million votes were cast over several months among the final 21 nominees to define the New Seven Wonders of the World for centuries to come.

New Seven Wonders of the World contenders

Taj Mahal, India Taj Mahal
Great Wall of China Great Wall of China
Petra, Jordan Petra, Jordan
Christ Redeemer statue, Rio de Janeiro Christ Redeemer, Rio
Machu Picchu, Peru Machu Picchu
Colosseum, Rome Coliseum, Rome
Chichen Itza, Yucatan, Mexico Chichen-Itza, Mexico
Great Pyramid at Giza, Egypt - (honorary) Timbuktu
More Seven Wonders Contenders  
Acropolis, Greece Acropolis, Greece
Alhambra Palace, Granada, Spain Alhambra Palace, Spain
Angkor Wat, Cambodia Angkor Wat, Cambodia
Easter Island statues, Chile Easter Island statues
Eiffel Tower, Paris Eiffel Tower, Paris
Hagia Sophia mosque, Istanbul, Turkey Hagia Sofia
Kiyomizu Temple, Kyoto, Japan Kiyomizu Temple
Kremlin & Red Square, Moscow, Russia Kremlin, Moscow
Neuschwanstein Castle, Fussen, Germany Neuschwanstein Castle
Statue of Liberty, New York City Statue of Liberty
Stonehenge, UK Stonehenge
Sydney Opera House, Sydney, Australia Sydney Opera House
Timbuktu, Mali Timbuktu

Related Web pages:

New 7 Wonders - Official Site

New Seven Wonders of the World - Wikipedia

7 wonders race: Myths that make Taj Mahal a legend


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