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The New 7 Wonders of the World

The New Seven Wonders of the World were announced today. The following information has been copied from the 7 wonders website:

The Pyramid at Chichén Itzá (before 800 A.D.) Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico

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 Christ Redeemer (1931) Brazil

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.

The Great Wall of China

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.

Machu Picchu (1460-1470), Peru

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.

Petra, Jordan

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.

The Roman Colloseum, Italy

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.

The Taj Mahal, India

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.

I am surprised that Russia’s Kremlin didn’t make it. I think the palace and the Square are really pretty. And what about the Giza..it’s a shame that the only surviving monuments of the Ancient 7 Wonders is not in the “Official New 7 Wonders of the World” list. I don’t know if Giza of Egypt will still be regarded as a Wonder or not. That said, this list won’t change the beauty/history of any of the nominees who didn’t win. And I’m sure many of us will still go to see them. My interests are not really dictated by these “Official” lists.

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38 thoughts on “The New 7 Wonders of the World

  1. The picture actually is missing. It says “Hotlinking not permitted from toddadams(dot)net”.

    Good Taj Mahal made it. India is very happy.

  2. @ish,

    really? that’s weird…I can still view it without any problem. Anyway, I don’t want to mess with this thing anymore. I edited it like 7 times because the formatting kept getting screwed up.

  3. Hotlinking is linking a file/image, which is on someone else’s server, to your page. I’d suggest you to upload the file instead of linking them.

    Now, coming to the new 7 wonders, I am a little sick of this way of voting. Although I am happy that Taj Mahal made it and it will probably boost tourism, yet I do not consider these seven to be wonders in any way. They are amazingly beautiful and deserve attention and love, but whatever was done had some clear and transparent business motives.
    Apologies if I hurt anyone’s feelings. These are humble views. 🙂

  4. @ankur, I try to be. But the word is so cliched these days. Okay, I changed the picture again and hopefully it’s getting displayed now 😦

    @bipin, thank you for that tip on hotlinking 🙂 I changed the hotlink and hopefully it’s gotten fixed. Yeah, uploading it to flickr or something would be better, but it’s more time consuming.

    I know what you mean by this contest. I am totally sick of the way the voting was done too. They have reduced it to a beauty pageant level (Miss Universe, Miss World). They acknowledged the fact that they couldn’t stop people from voting multiple number of times. And India having a population of more than 1 billion, probably utilized her resources well and made sure that Taj Mahal was there. Just two days back I saw some song by AR Rahman urging Indians to vote for the Taj Mahal. I respect the composer, but I found the idea to be stupid and ridiculous. The selection shouldn’t have been open to the general public because this increases the vulnerability of the entire voting system. Like I said, the beauty of Giza/Kremlin won’t be any less just because they didn’t make it to the final seven.

  5. “..And what about the Giza..it’s a shame that the only surviving monuments of the Ancient 7 Wonders is not in the “Official New 7 Wonders of the World” list…”

    u r kidding right?? Pyramid of Giza is way above any competition any more. First of this list is very unoffocial, just voted by internet users…no authenticity in that…
    and next, Egyptians(rightly so) declined to be part of any such competition…., as far as I am concerned there is only one wonder…
    Pyramid of Gizza…rest is just unofficial,
    i can make another list and call it “NEWER seven wonders of the world”..
    I will make sure my bedroom is one amongst it

  6. @tismar,

    Yeah, shocking isn’t it?! It’s like a miss universe pageant…Giza shouldn’t have been made to even compete. There is a quote in that Yahoo! news page where it says that Egypt felt really humiliated because they were told that they would have a seat in the New 7 Wonders for sure and now they were made to compete.

    Who decides who should compete or not? I saw some moron’s pic in the website. Should do some more research on him.

  7. i didnt know giza competed, but if it did, it was lame,
    i think we all are talking abt new 7 wonders because media suddenly gave lot of importance to it, otherwise it is just a internet voting thing susceptible to mass rigging etc, …!!!
    plus no school books would change because of that…

  8. Adonis Manzella says:

    I think it is unfair not to have the pyramids
    of Egypt, Pascoa island statues and the Greek
    I would not include Cristo Redentor (is beautiful but comparatively new and not so hard to build) or Taj Mahal

  9. @adonis,

    Yes I agree with you about the Giza. It’s a shame not having it in the New 7 Wonders List. I have seen Taj Mahal, but haven’t seen the other Wonders…so probably I don’t know whether Taj deserves to be in the list or not.

  10. zura says:

    just amazed with those thing…i wonder if someday i could built something that amaizing like this…i’m still a student and i wanna be an architect …
    everybody pray 4 me daaaa….

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  12. Dear Ruhi,

    I am very sorry about the event that took place on January 7th 2008. I know you are not a goat from the screen name in the e-mail but I was extremely bored with a friend that was visiting my house. As you can see, he pranked you using my e-mail address while I was fixing us something to eat. This will not occur in the future.

    This is a nice website even though the Brazilian, Italian, and Indian pictures do not work.

    I hope you accept this appology and I assure you that something ‘different’ will happen to my friend soon.

    Sincerely, John

  13. THIS IS AKASH
    I think it is unfair not to have the pyramids
    of Egypt, Pascoa island statues and the Greek
    I would not include Cristo Redentor (is beautiful but comparatively new and not so hard to build) or TajMAHAL

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