More than 2,100 years
after the original Seven Wonders of the World were established in
ancient Greece, the New Seven Wonders of the world were unveiled
Saturday at the Benfica Stadium in Lisbon before a crowd of about
A project that was initiated by
Swiss entrepreneur Bernard Weber in 1999, the New Seven Wonders
were chosen in online and phone-in voting by more than 100 million
voters from more than 200 countries. Voting began Jan. 1, 2006,
according to Weber's New7Wonders Foundation.
Chosen from 20
international sites, the New Seven Wonders are:
Redeemer statue, Rio de Janeiro
The Great Wall,
The Taj Mahal,
The new list was selected from a
list of 20 sites, which had been determined by a New7Wonders panel,
whittled down from an original 77 sites, also established by public
voting that concluded on Dec. 24, 2005.
Of the final 20, sites that did
not make it on the New Seven Wonders list include the Statue of
Liberty in New York, the Eiffel Tower in Paris, the Acropolis in
Greece, the statues of Easter Island in Chile, the Sydney Opera
House and Stonehenge in England.
At the ceremony, Weber announced
his foundation's next campaign will be the New Seven Wonders of
manmade Wonders of the Worlds are:
The Temple of
Gardens of Babylon (near
present-day Al Hillah in Iraq)
The Colossus of
at Halicarnassus, Turkey)
at Alexandria, Egypt
The Pyramids at
The Statue of
The Pyramids at
Giza in Egypt, the only remaining site from the original list, were
given an honorary New Seven Wonders candidacy.
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