New Seven Wonders Announced

The voting finally ended and the New Seven Wonders of the World is announced (which overloaded the new7wonders.com website).

And the winners are:

  1. Great Wall – China
  2. Petra – Jordan
  3. Christ the Redeemer – Brazil
  4. Machu Picchu – Peru
  5. Chichen Itza – Mexico
  6. Colosseum – Italy
  7. Taj Mahal – India

And retaining its status as one of the original seven wonders, The Pyramids of Giza in Egypt.

The campaign to pick the seven new wonders was begun in 1999 by Swiss adventurer Bernard Weber. His Switzerland-based foundation, called New7Wonders, received almost 200 nominations from around the world. The list of candidates was narrowed down to 21 by early last year. Voting took place over the past six years, but gathered pace only in recent months.

Weber aims to encourage cultural diversity by supporting, preserving and restoring monuments, and inspire people to value their heritage.

His foundation said it would use 50 percent of net revenue from the project to fund restoration efforts worldwide. One of them is a mission to rebuild the giant Bamiyan Buddha statue in Afghanistan, blown up in 2000 by the Taliban regime.

Weber said he was starting a new campaign Sunday to choose the new seven natural wonders of the world.

“If you want to save something, you first have to truly appreciate it,” he told the crowd.

Source: International Herald Tribune

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Article by Nina Fuentes

Nina doesn't aim to travel to every country in the world -- she just wants to travel to the places that means the most to her. She started traveling in 2006, and hopes to travel for as long as she can. Her travel blog, Just Wandering won the Best Travel Blog in the 2010 Philippine Blog Awards and in the 2011 Nuffnang Asia Pacific Blog Awards.

This Article Has 9 Comments
  1. i wish the Banaue Rice Terraces can be restored so we can nominate it again in the future… oh well

  2. Kyameel says:

    I first learned of the Petra and Machu Picchu in the Tintin books. Who said you won’t learn anything from comics? XD

  3. nina says:

    Kyameel: Tintin! Yes! lol That’s where I learned most of my world history XD

  4. dyanie says:

    hi nina! πŸ˜‰

    i though “The Pyramids of Giza in Egypt” retained its status? bakit wala siya sa list ng new wonders?

  5. nina says:

    Yup, it was retained. So it’s New 7 Wonders + 1 of the original seven wonders πŸ™‚

  6. davidd says:

    I’m not sure how I feel about the foundation’s goal to fund “restoration efforts” on historic sites. I’ve been to The Great Wall… okay, to one small part of The Great Wall… and it quickly became apparent that this “historic site” was essentially all brand new construction. From certain vantage points, original sections of the wall were visible… as piles of rocks.

    Historic sites should be maintained, of course. Even maintenance, however, can be problematic. When I visited Washington, D.C. several years ago, most of the monuments were covered in scaffolding and blue plastic tarpaulins. A “study” was underway on how best to “preserve and restore” the Lincoln Memorial. The study was scheduled to take ten years. The entire monument was originally constructed in less than five! The place is destined to be an eternal construction site, in the name of “maintenance.”

    The rambling Moorish castle in Sagunto, Spain, is a similar situation. Parts of it are being “restored” and made “safer” by the liberal application of concrete. The crumbling old ruined sections are quite picturesque; the “restored” sections, complete with metal guardrails, look like cement apartment buildings. It’s sad. I’m glad to have seen it before the “restoration” progresses any further.

    If a historic site is rebuilt, is it still the same historic site? Or is it a replica? If an ancient site is reconstructed using modern methods and materials, and made “family-friendly” with guardrails and air-conditioning and electric lighting, is it still an ancient site, or is it a theme-park imitation?

    I’ll take crumbling ruins and an interpretive sign over a multi-million dollar restoration, thank you kindly.

  7. Christine says:

    Hey Tintin further fueled by desire to travel the world! πŸ™‚

    I voted for Machu Pichu so I’m happy to see it there. I’m not quite happy with the entire list though, like I can name at least 3 other places more deserving of the spot over the Colliseum.

  8. Kyameel says:

    I think Tintin fueled so many childhood fantasies of traveling. Ooh! Yey! Fellow Tintin fans!!! πŸ˜€

  9. Why does Kiyomizu-dera of Japan not even included in the list of winners? Sounds Odd, huhuhu, I really wanted that place to win and be included in the new seven wonders of the world…

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