Tuesday, June 19, 2007

New Seven Wonders of the World

The voting for "the new Seven Wonders of the World" through the auspices of a Swiss-based website, New7Wonders.com is coming to an end soon. The foundation sponsoring the vote, headquartered in a museum in Zurich, thinks that a new list of Seven Wonders is important because only one of the fabled Seven Wonders of the Ancient World still exists today (that wonder being the Pyramids of Giza in Egypt, of course; they have been grandfathered in as an honorary New Seven Wonder.)

Among the twenty-one nominees are: the Statue of Liberty (see above), Stonehenge, the Sydney Opera House (Australia), the Acropolis in Athens, the Great Wall of China, the Colosseum in Rome, the Easter Island statues, the Taj Mahal (see below), the Kiyomizu Temple in Kyoto (Japan), Christ Redeemer in Rio De Janeiro (Brazil), the Kremlin and Red Square in Moscow, Alhambra in Spain, Neuschwanstein Castle in Germany, Angkor in Cambodia, Machu Picchu in Peru, the Pyramid at Chichen Itza in Mexico, the Hagia Sophia in Istanbul (Turkey), Petra in Jordan, Timbuktu, and the Eiffel Tower.

All 21 nominees can be viewed at the website above (where votes can be cast as well.) The announcement of the new Seven Wonders will be made in Lisbon, Portugal on July 7, 2007 at a gala which will hosted by Academy Award winner Ben Kingsley and will feature performances by Chaka Khan, Jose Carreras, Jennifer Lopez, and others.

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