Jul
08
2007

New Seven Wonders of the World voted in by the world

Great Wall of China, one of the world's New Seven Wonders.: Public domain photograph, c. 1907.
Great Wall of China, one of the world's New Seven Wonders.: Public domain photograph, c. 1907.
More than 100 million citizens of planet Earth have voted in a new list of Seven Wonders of the World.

Winners include the Great Wall of China, Brazil’s Christ the Redeemer statue, Machu Picchu in Peru, Chichen Itza in Mexico, India’s Taj Mahal, the Roman Colosseum in Italy, and Jordan’s Petra.

The Great Pyramid at Giza: The sole surviving member of the original Seven Wonders of the World list. Wikipedia Creative Commons photo by Nina Aldin Thune.
The Great Pyramid at Giza: The sole surviving member of the original Seven Wonders of the World list. Wikipedia Creative Commons photo by Nina Aldin Thune.
Surprisingly, Egypt’s Great Pyramid of Giza, the only existing member of the original Seven Wonders of the World list, didn’t make the cut this time around. Thor wrote about this controversy in an earlier posting found here. Other losers included the Statues of Easter Island, the Acropolis in Greece, New York’s Statue of Liberty, England’s Stonehenge, the Eiffel Tower in Paris, and Japan’s Kiyomizu Temple.

The New Seven Wonders were announced during an Official Declaration ceremony held in Lisbon, Spain on July 7, 2007, hosted by actors Ben Kingsley and Hillary Swank.

Bernard Weber, a Swiss filmmaker came up with the idea for new wonders list in 2001, after the Taliban in Afghanistan had toppled the huge Buddha statues at Bamiyan. Part of the funds garnered by the dedication ceremony will go to rebuilding those giant sculptures.

Not everyone shares Weber’s enthusiasm, however. Christian Manhart, press officer for UNESCO, the UN body for cultural oversight, complained that the list should have included more.

“All of these wonders obviously deserve a place on the list, but what disturbs us is that the list is limited to just seven," he said. “Seven were adequate in antiquity because the antique world was much smaller than today.”

The original Seven Wonders of the Ancient World were all located in an area surrounding the Mediterranean Sea. That list was comprised around 200 BC.

Egypt’s head of antiquities, Zahi Hawass was unimpressed by neither the new list, nor by it’s failure to include the Great Pyramids of Giza.

"This contest will not detract from the value of the pyramids, which is the only real wonder of the world," he said. "This competition has no value because it is not the masses who write history."

LINKS

New Seven Wonders website
Related Story in The Australian

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Thor's picture
Thor says:

All in all, I can't complain too much about the final list, outside of the fact that Egyptian pyramids didn't make the latest cut. My definition of a "world wonder" is if I look at something and scratch my head wondering how they ever could have made that. By that measure, the seven new selections seem to measure up well.. When I strike it rich on Powerball, I'll be making the rounds ot check out each of these new wonders!

posted on Mon, 07/09/2007 - 2:18pm
Elkadio's picture
Elkadio says:

I watched with wonder how the modern world and some of its business people still making mockery of the ordinary people of poor nations and their heritage with no shame or guilt, exactly as they and their predecessors have done for hundreds of years.

We now live in an age when business people NOT having enough of selling everything they could think of to any one they could fool, to begin selling "alternative" history to the ordinary people and poor nations of the world. All in return for the temporary promise of glory and more tourists to those nations.

I also watched carefully the dignified silence of the scientific community and the people who know and understand the real value of the heritage of the planet.

The researchers, who studied monuments like the great pyramid of Giza for years and others, know far better than to speak or comment on such absurdity and mockery of mankind conducted with great media coverage.

In the beginning, those people had the audacity of including the Great Pyramid of Giza in a "popular" Internet voting while claiming to protect the heritage of the world too.

I guess the English would call them "cheeky fellows".

Almost as if after years of trying and failing to "unlock" the secrets of the great Pyramid, they decided to acquire "lessor" complicated wonders they can explain and brag about.

I guess this is one way for covering up one's ignorance.

Some of the silent observers also know better than to defend such great monuments as the great Pyramid of Giza. I guess defending such a monument would by almost like defending the Sun, the Moon or the Orion belt.

Perhaps one day this organisation who conducted such a media spectacle and possibly others, could make a competition to choose a new Sun or Moon to replace the existing ones claiming that the ancients didn't know that other stars and moons exist.

I hope you don't think that I am defending the great pyramid of Giza; not at all and far from it.

I certainly don't believe that the great pyramid of Giza is in need of such defending or protection what so ever, as it has stood the test of time, weather, invaders, destroyers, envious people for thousands and thousands of years, while majestically and silently keeping its "great" wonder and secrets intact for thousands of years passed and more yet to come.

I am not even belittling the magnificence of the so called "new seven wonders of the world" either, for they are truly magnificent and deserve to be named "among the other 800 sites" as heritage by a world recognised "non-for-profit" authority on the subject, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

It is only my fear that such brutal commercialisation coupled with massive greed could one day actually damage the reputation of those seven great monuments merely by being included in such a widely publicised business scheme which "Sadly" was supported by those nation's governments.

Those "naive" governments need to see the bigger picture and realise that one day they may face other demands by the same organisation to merely stay on the list, for I guess that this voting will be repeated again and again now that the organisers had the taste for some of the "glory" and "wealth" they were seeking... I hope those governments understand my meaning!!

The Egyptian Government on the other hand, (lead by Egypt's Chief of Antiquity Dr Zahi Hawwas and The Culture Minster Mr Farouk Hosni) kept its dignified composure against such commercial brutality and possible financial demands from the organisers to join the game.

You wouldn't imagine one day that we vote for new leaders to replace the old ones such as Napoleon and Alexander merely because they are not with us today.. would you? But I guess, this wouldn't escape these business people imagination one day...

The Great Pyramid of Giza unlike the other six ancient wonders cannot be challenged or damaged for certain, simply because it is there to be seen, challenging the world for thousands of years to find out how it was built and by whom and why. I guess this is why it was called the greatest of all the Wonders of the World, ancient and modern.

In fact the irony of this business fiasco, is that all the newly voted Seven Wonders of the World, have all along and for a very long time been known, respected and called wonders of the world too. What is "new" and a real "wonder" if you think about it is the "packaging" and re-selling of these monuments by those "clever" business people.

The announcement of the new Seven Wonders of the World must have also left other nations saddened and disturbed about their own heritage and wonders, "temporary" losing faith about their history and uncertain about the future of their monuments and contribution to world heritage.

In fact I wonder about the role the UNESCO is playing in this saga. They seem to get it all wrong in their brief comment on this commercial fiasco. They think that by declaring these new Seven Wonders of the World that tourist will be pouring on then by the millions to see them and that may damage them.

Wow..... How could such an organisation responsible for our heritage think this way?

But what can one say when everything in the world now is upside down and we live in the time when business leaders not only marshal armies to force business deals with other nations, They are now changing history itself to suite their business goals.

Having said this, I am certain that great nations like Greece, France England, the USA and others will not lose faith about their own heritage, wonders and contribution, no matter what lists are being compiled and sold to the people of this planet. For only "greatness" survive and the people will always find the truth for themselves.

One would hate to think that the organisers by facilitating the "scorning" of the heritage of such great nations, that their citizens would refrain one day from visiting those new seven wonders of the world!!! which would be among other consequences, a financial disaster for those developing nations and their monuments.

Surly a wondrous time for humanity and some of us are watching with great amusement and amazement..not to mention the upcoming new seven wonders of the world "for a few dollars more!"

posted on Wed, 07/11/2007 - 6:02am
Ferdinand's picture
Ferdinand says:

Bro, you must be the only "intelligent" guardian of earth's wonders left on planet Earth - give it a rest, the old list is already over two thousand years old - they didn't know better! And the money will be given to a very worthy cause (and I'm not even the religious type).

posted on Thu, 09/27/2007 - 1:08pm
Corey Donovan's picture

Ultimately, the public didn't do a bad job with this list, considering how commercial the whole exercise was.

On a side-note, a co-worker of mine here in Minnetonka posted this list:

7 Wonders of the Tech World

posted on Wed, 07/11/2007 - 11:38am
RICH BOY $'s picture
RICH BOY $ says:

I SHOULD BE AN ANCIENT WONDER OF THE WORLD!

posted on Wed, 07/11/2007 - 12:40pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

@Rich Boy: Your that old?

I like the 7 wonders of the tech world list.

posted on Wed, 07/11/2007 - 3:27pm
JGordon's picture
JGordon says:

You know, I was actually kind of surprised that RICH BOY $ wasn't on the list. I think we all have pretty much had enough of the pyramids, but seeing RICH BOY $ still kind of takes the breath away.

posted on Thu, 07/12/2007 - 11:19am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

I am Egyptian and i live in Egypt. Personally i think it's disgraceful to even THINK about "voting" to include the Great Pyramid of Giza in the Seven Wonders (oh...im sry...the "New" "Hip" seven wonders ) . We are all aware of it's greatness and not in need for some "popularity" contest to define it's value in comparison to other wonders..

posted on Wed, 07/25/2007 - 5:19am
Midnite's picture
Midnite says:

It rox!
i do need more info on the old wonders

posted on Mon, 03/31/2008 - 6:13pm
Mack's picture
Mack says:

Thanks for sharing this informative post. Egypt is a beautiful place. Egypt is Gifted With 7 Wonders- St. Catherine’s Monastery,Islamic Cairo, Nile River, Alexandria, Abu Simbel, Karnak and Luxor. I really admire Nile River, Alexandria, Karnak and Luxor.Don't fail to visit christian monastery,egypt pyramids, architecture,greek orthodox church,islamic cairo,khufu,nile river,old cairo,overnight cruise, river nile,sinai peninsula. For more detail refer Wonders Of Egypt

posted on Fri, 07/03/2009 - 2:55am
Komodo Island's picture

For me, look at the history, uniqueness and value of nature, Komodo Island is eligible to become one of the New 7 Wonders of the World.

posted on Wed, 02/09/2011 - 11:18pm
Anonymousbob's picture
Anonymousbob says:

Beautiful statue but christ the redeemer should not be a wonder of the world. It was built in the 1900s with modern equipment. All the other wonders are thousands of years old and built with old tools. Thats like putting the pyramids on the same list with a las vegas hotel. One takes 40 years and thousands of slaves to build the other can be put up in a few weeks with cranes. The feats required to build them aren't even close to the same level. Look at the other wonders. They are all huge, old and done on massive scales. This is a modern statue.

posted on Sat, 01/05/2013 - 2:10am

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