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The 7 New Wonders of the World
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If you don't know what I'm talking about then you probably don't take the time to take a look at the news every now and then. The New Seven Wonders of the World is a proposed alternative to the Seven Wonders of the World, organized by a Swiss corporation called New Open World Corporation (NOWC). In essence, you, the general public were allowed to vote on the next 7 Wonders of the world online since the beginning of 2007. The polls officially close on July 6, 2007.

The New7Wonders Foundation, which is the body behind the New7Wonders campaign, has the express aim of documenting, maintaining, restoring and reconstructing world heritage under the motto:


"OUR HERITAGE IS OUR FUTURE."


The final list was announced on July 7, 2007 in Lisbon, Portugal, in the Estádio da Luz, SL Benfica's stadium at 9:30pm (local time). Here are the following as announced:

The Great Wall of China (China)
Attributes: Perseverance, Persistence



The Great Wall of China was built to link existing fortifications into a united defense system and better keep invading Mongol tribes out of China. It is the largest man-made monument ever to have been built and it is disputed that it is the only one visible from space. Many thousands of people must have given their lives to build this colossal construction.

Petra (Jordan)
Attributes: Engineering, Protection



On the edge of the Arabian Desert, Petra was the glittering capital of the Nabataean empire of King Aretas IV (9 B.C. to 40 A.D.). Masters of water technology, the Nabataeans provided their city with great tunnel constructions and water chambers. A theater, modelled on Greek-Roman prototypes, had space for an audience of 4,000. Today, the Palace Tombs of Petra, with the 42-meter-high Hellenistic temple facade on the El-Deir Monastery, are impressive examples of Middle Eastern culture.

Christ the Redeemer (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Attributes: Welcoming, Openness


This statue of Jesus stands some 38 meters tall, atop the Corcovado mountain overlooking Rio de Janeiro. Designed by Brazilian Heitor da Silva Costa and created by French sculptor Paul Landowski, it is one of the world’s best-known monuments. The statue took five years to construct and was inaugurated on October 12, 1931. It has become a symbol of the city and of the warmth of the Brazilian people, who receive visitors with open arms.

Machu Picchu (Perú)
Attributes: Community, Dedication



In the 15th century, the Incan Emperor Pachacútec built a city in the clouds on the mountain known as Machu Picchu ("old mountain"). This extraordinary settlement lies halfway up the Andes Plateau, deep in the Amazon jungle and above the Urubamba River. It was probably abandoned by the Incas because of a smallpox outbreak and, after the Spanish defeated the Incan Empire, the city remained 'lost' for over three centuries. It was rediscovered by Hiram Bingham in 1911.

Chichén Itzá (Yucatán, Mexico)
Attributes: Worship, Knowledge



Chichén Itzá, the most famous Mayan temple city, served as the political and economic center of the Mayan civilization. Its various structures - the pyramid of Kukulkan, the Temple of Chac Mool, the Hall of the Thousand Pillars, and the Playing Field of the Prisoners – can still be seen today and are demonstrative of an extraordinary commitment to architectural space and composition. The pyramid itself was the last, and arguably the greatest, of all Mayan temples.

The Roman Colloseum (Rome, Italy)
Attributes: Joy, Suffering



This great amphitheater in the centre of Rome was built to give favors to successful legionnaires and to celebrate the glory of the Roman Empire. Its design concept still stands to this very day, and virtually every modern sports stadium some 2,000 years later still bears the irresistible imprint of the Colosseum's original design. Today, through films and history books, we are even more aware of the cruel fights and games that took place in this arena, all for the joy of the spectators.

Taj Mahal (Agra, India)
Attributes: Love, Passion



This immense mausoleum was built on the orders of Shah Jahan, the fifth Muslim Mogul emperor, to honor the memory of his beloved late wife. Built out of white marble and standing in formally laid-out walled gardens, the Taj Mahal is regarded as the most perfect jewel of Muslim art in India. The emperor was consequently jailed and, it is said, could then only see the Taj Mahal out of his small cell window.

Honorary Member
The Pyramids of Eygpt (Cairo, Egypt)
Attributes: Immortality, Eternity



The Pyramids of Giza, the oldest and only Ancient Wonder still standing, are testimony to perfection in art and design, never subsequently achieved. They were built by planners and engineers purely to serve their earthy rulers - who were also their gods. Philosophy did not exist at this time, and creation was not subject to any questioning. The pyramids are the purest of constructions, built for eternity.



After careful consideration, the New7Wonders Foundation designates the Pyramids of Giza—the only remaining of the 7 Ancient Wonders of the World—as an Honorary New7Wonders Candidate.

Therefore, you cannot vote for the Pyramids of Giza as part of the New7Wonders campaign.

This decision has also taken into account the views of the Supreme Council of Antiquities of Egypt and the Egyptian Ministry of Culture. The Pyramids are a shared world culture and heritage site and deserve their special status as the only Honorary Candidate of the New7Wonders of the World campaign.


Other Finalists Include:

The Acropolis, Greece
Alhambra, Spain
Angkor, Cambodia
Statues of Easter Island, Chile
Eiffel Tower, France
Hagia Sophia, Turkey
Kiyomizu Temple, Japan
Kremlin/St. Basil, Russia
Neuschwanstein Castle, Germany
Statue of Liberty, USA
Stonehenge, United Kingdom
Sydney Opera House, Australia
Timbuktu, Mali

Well that's that, so what are your thoughts?

http://www.new7wonders.com/

Some say that this list is entirely biased and only reflect the opinion of those with access to the internet.
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this must be about man built wonders, not natural wonders...
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^Ah yeah, the next vote will be on the natural wonders of the world.
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Wow! I love these wonders.

The Machu Picchu is so beautiful! So amazing! ^.^

I'm glad these are the new seven wonders! Those place are like the top tourist attractions in the world! Yup, they aren't natural, but they are great! Man-built! Awesome! =D
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you know how random this is? they are cool pics though well that is.
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I already started getting a little irritated by "welcoming/openness" as qualifying attributes for a world wonder, but the "joy/suffering" for the Collosseum is just wrong. How about calling them "S/M"?
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They’re cool, but they don’t live up to the originals. My Colossus at Rhodes could kick that tiny Jesus statue across the ground. The pyramids and the sphinx were already a wonder.

Anyway I want to kill whoever ruined this for me! It would be look if I made a reality of his/her sexual fantasy and ruined it. This was my fantasy! *Sigh* The original seven wonders just seem so much less cool, now that they can just be replaced!

I’m grumpy about all of this.
Posted 7/8/07
mmm... petra is not that good in my OPINION...and also that statue in brazil it's good but not the best..
I guess Angkor Wat of Cambodia and Uluru(the red rock) of Australia should replace the two.
Posted 7/8/07
I dont think Uluru qualifies on the list since its not man made. Might be on the next vote for the 7 natural wonders of the world. But I think Angkor shouldve made the list instead of the statue in Brazil. Its a cool statue, but not that impressive in my opinion. Especially when you compare it to the pyramids or the great wall and how much effort and man power were put into those projects.

I dont think i completely agree with the colosseum, i think there are a few more impressive places in europe but at least the eiffel tower didnt make the list.
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Hey.. how come im not on the list?! xD
Posted 7/8/07
I like the new wonders haha. (: But I personally <3~ the old ones better.
..but thats prolly because I did a report on the 7 Wonders &&; the Great Pyramids of Giza haha! =]
Posted 7/8/07
Hmpf i think only Machu Picchu is a world wonder...
All the others where just created by slaves
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Posted 7/9/07
interesting thanx for the info and the nice pictures ... i think the petra building was in indiana jones or mortal combat ...
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Posted 7/9/07
ok, my vote goes for:

Machu Picchu (Perú)
mainly because i'm itching to climb that mountain!
Posted 7/9/07
I'm into architecture. I don't freaking understand statues being on the list however. Especially the Christ statue. It impresses me zero.
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