Feb
07
2007

Should they stay or should they go? Pyramids are in World Wonders controversy

Stay or go: With a new list being compiled of the Seven Wonders of the World, should the Pyramids of Giza have to compete again? It's the only remaining original world wonder still in existance.
Stay or go: With a new list being compiled of the Seven Wonders of the World, should the Pyramids of Giza have to compete again? It's the only remaining original world wonder still in existance.
An effort is underway to identify the new Seven Wonders of the World. But the folks in Egypt aren’t happy about that.

You see, the Ancient Pyramids of Giza are the only remaining original wonders of the world that are still standing. They’re now included in the new poll of the new wonders of the world. But the Egyptians think they shouldn’t have to re-earn a spot on the new list.

I have to admit I’m very skeptical about this process. It’s an Internet vote open to anyone. You can participate by going to www.new7wonders.com. Voting runs until July 7.

To refresh your memory, the original Seven Wonders of the World included the pyramids, the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, the Colossus of Rhodes, the Lighthouse of Alexandria, the Temple of Zeus, the Temple of Artemis and the Mausoleum of Halicarnassus.

The new contenders for the World Wonder status are the Acropolis, Greece; Hagia Sophia, Turkey; the Colosseum, Italy; Neushwanstein Castle, Germany; Stonehenge, England; Alhambra, Spain; Kioumizu Temple, Japan; Sydney Opera House, Australia; Taj Mahal, India; Statute of Christ, Brazil; Machu Picchu, Peru; Statue of Liberty, USA; Effiel Tower, France; Great Wall of China; the Kremlin, Russia; Angkor, Cambodia; Petra, Jordan; Easter Island statues, Chile; and Chichen Itza, Mexico.

I have to admit I’m not familiar with all the places on this list. And some seem kind of out of place to me. Here are the seven I’d place my votes for:

Easter Island statues, Machu Picchu, Stonehenge, the Acropolis, Great Wall of China, Chichen Itza and of course, the Giza Pyramids. I guess those the are the things that really make me wonder “How did they do that?”

Which seven would/will you vote for? Should the pyramids get a free pass onto the new list? Share your thoughts here about this new effort.

Your Comments, Thoughts, Questions, Ideas

Anonymous (jaby)'s picture
Anonymous (jaby) says:

the pyrameds were the tallest sturctures for over a millenium, these amasing pyrameds requiered so long to make, and were don so well, these should be remembered as some of the greatest acatectual works on earth

posted on Wed, 02/07/2007 - 6:26pm
Gene's picture
Gene says:

The original seven wonders were basically just one guy's opinion (Antipater of Sidon) of top-rated tourist destinations. Nothing "official" about it. Many other lists have been created over the centuries.

posted on Thu, 02/08/2007 - 10:20am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

I think that a wonder is something that we do not know how the people made it or how it got there. The easter island is one and the pyramids are one another one is stonehenge. Not the statue of liberty or the sydney opera house. these are new and not a mystery.

posted on Fri, 03/23/2007 - 8:02am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

They should stay

posted on Tue, 04/10/2007 - 12:38pm
El-Kadi's picture
El-Kadi says:

I was quite amused by a comment mad earlier by "gene" regarding The originator of the ancient seven wonders of the world list. She said: "....Nothing "official" about it...". Following this strange logic about what was official and not official 2000 years ago we must drop from our history and cultural heritage so many "Unofficial" people. Buddha, Plato, Aristotle, confucius, Jesus, Mohamed, Moses and so many others I guess..

What a logic...I say....

posted on Tue, 09/04/2007 - 3:30am
Gene's picture
Gene says:

I'm afraid I don't follow your logic. The original Seven Wonders of the World, were, as I stated, one person's opinion of top travel destinations. Being included on the list means nothing more than this guy thought something was cool. Over the centuries, people mistook this list of travel tips as being some sort of definitive, authoritative list of "best" sites, when it was nothing of the sort. All of the hubbub over the "new" list stems from this misunderstanding of the original list's roots.

This has nothing to do with how old the list was. A list written in June that was being misunderstood or misrepresented in July would be equally "unofficial."

How this relates to great philosophers and religious leaders, I cannot understand. These men did speak with great authority, on issues of tremendous importance, often elaborating and extending centuries worth of earlier thought.

So, in sum:

Seven Wonders of the World: one guy's opinion on a trivial matter

Buddha, Plato, Aristotle, Confucius, Jesus, Mohamed, Moses, etc.: men of great moral and intellectual authority, working within philosophical systems of great weight, and expounding on the very meaning of human life.

Nope, not seeing an equivalence...

posted on Tue, 09/04/2007 - 5:59pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

the Ancient Pyramids of Giza are not gust the only remaining original wonders of the world that are still standing. They’re. are americal still stand not as a bulding no but as abrowf about what a humanity oneis was.

posted on Tue, 11/13/2007 - 5:56am
pyramidlover's picture
pyramidlover says:

I think that the original pyramids are awesome and should not have to re-earn their position on the 7 wonders of the world list! Would people of today ever have to be forced to create such a wonderous monument? I think not! These are one-of-a-kind amazing rocks put together.

posted on Tue, 08/25/2009 - 4:42pm

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