New World Wonders

Centuries after the Greeks listed seven, people from across the world are now voting to decide on their own new set of world wonders, The Washington Post reported on Tuesday, March 13

New World Wonders

"It's the people of the world who are making this list," said Tia Viering, spokeswoman for the global voting's organizers, the New7Wonders Foundation.

The initiative was launched in 2001 by Swiss Canadian adventurer and filmmaker Bernard Weber, who formed the foundation organizing the poll in Zurich.

Everyone with a phone or a computer is able to choose seven of the 21 finalists selected by a panel of experts from almost 200 existing monuments.

The only requirement for the contest is that the new wonder be built before 2000.

Like the previous Seven Wonders of the World, the monuments must be man-made.

So far, more than 4 million people worldwide have cast 28 million votes.

As of January 31, the top seven vote-getters were Jordan's ancient city of Petra, Egypt's pyramids, the Great Wall of China, the Taj Mahal, the Easter Island statues, the Colosseum in Rome and the Inca city of Machu Picchu in Peru.

Other major contenders include the Eiffel Tower in Paris, Saint Basil's Cathedral in Moscow and the Acropolis in Athens.


The only one of the ancient Greek-listed wonders still standing are the Pyramids of Giza.

The seven winners will be announced on 07/07/07.

The Seven Wonders of the Ancient World is a widely-known list featuring seven remarkable constructions of classical antiquity based on guide-books popular among Hellenic sight-seers.

The only one of the ancient wonders that is still standing is the Pyramids of Giza in Egypt.


Surprisingly, organizers say that people's choices for the new wonders are not actually so wondrous.

People voting for the new list have cast some eccentric choices like the German chocolate cake.

Another blogger on the foundation's site voted for the creation of the state of Israel.

"I have been laying on my lawn for the last three weeks straight without moving," one of the visitors of the Google Earth blog wrote.

"I hope that Google satellites will take pictures of me and everyone will vote it to be one of the Seven Wonders of the World."

Other less odd choices included the 120-year-old US Statue of Liberty and the newly-built Sydney Opera House.

Infuriated by putting the pyramids in the same list with far less eligible candidates, Egyptian officials have demanded that the 4,500-year-old pyramids be removed from the competition because they are in a category of their own.

The pyramids "don't need a vote to be among the world's wonders," insisted Dr. Zahi Hawass, head of Egypt's Supreme Council of Antiquities.

But the organizers said that can not be done because the campaign is purely about people's choice.

Nevertheless, they agree that it is the combination of people's diverse choices that makes the competition so bizarre.

"A wonder is something that moves you and makes you wonder why they built it and how they built it," Viering told The Post.

"It is comparing apples and oranges, and that's why it is a subjective thing."

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