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How Romantic! The New 8 Wonders of the World...

     hanging gardens of babylon
(The Ancient Hanging Gardens of Babylon)

Surely, you've heard of the seven wonders of the world, right? But did you know that only one of the original ancient "seven wonders" still exists? (The Pyramids at Giza, Egypt).

Well, in 1999, Swiss adventurer Bernard Weber launched a campaign to name 7 Modern Wonders of the World. Almost 200 nominations came in, and the list was narrowed to the 21 most-voted by the start of 2006.

The finalists were then voted on in a global poll. About 100 million votes were cast by the Internet and cellphone text messages, said New7Wonders, the nonprofit organization that conducted the poll. Weber's Switzerland-based foundation aims to promote cultural diversity by supporting, preserving and restoring monuments.

And the winners are:

  1. The Great Wall of China
  2. Rome's Colosseum
  3. India's Taj Mahal
  4. Jordan's Petra
  5. Peru's Machu Picchu
  6. Brazil's Statue of Christ Redeemer
  7. Mexico's Chichen Itza pyramid

Oops! The Giza pyramids were left off the list! Egyptian officials were highly insulted by this, so they were assured by the foundation of retaining their status in addition to the new seven. So, that makes 8...

Some of the nominated landmarks which lost out included: the Eiffel Tower, Easter Island in the Pacific, the Statue of Liberty, the Acropolis, Russia's Kremlin and Australia's Sydney Opera House, Cambodia's Angkor, Spain's Alhambra, Turkey's Hagia Sophia, Japan's Kiyomizu Temple, Russia's Kremlin and St. Basil's Cathedral, Germany's Neuschwanstein Castle, Britain's Stonehenge and Mali's Timbuktu.

The traditional seven wonders were concentrated in the Mediterranean and Middle East. That list was derived from lists of marvels compiled by ancient Greek observers. Besides the Giza pyramids, they included: The Hanging Gardens of Babylon, the Statue of Zeus at Olympia, the Temple of Artemis at Ephesus, the Mausoleum of Halicarnassus, the Colossus of Rhodes and the Pharos lighthouse off Alexandria. They have all vanished.

Take a peek at the new 8 wonders (they are wonderful)!

1. The Great Wall of China
     The Great Wall of China


2. Rome's Colosseum
     Rome's Colosseum


3. India's Taj Mahal
     India's Taj Mahal


4. Jordan's Petra
     Jordan's Petra


5. Peru's Machu Picchu
     Peru's Machu Picchu


6. Brazil's Statue of Christ Redeemer
     Brazil's Statue of Christ Redeemer


7. Mexico's Chichen Itza pyramid
     Mexico's Chichen Itza pyramid


8. Pyramids at Giza
     Pyramids at Giza

Wouldn't it be great to see them all in your lifetime?

 

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