After a year of campaigning by locations across the globe, over 100,000,000 people voted, and the ballots were finally cast, to name the Seven New
Wonders of the World: The Great Wall of China, The City of Petra, The Christ The Redeemer Statue, Machu Picchu, Chichén Itzá, the Colosseum, and the
Taj Mahal. The Great Pyramid, the only surviving member of the Ancient Seven Wonders of the World, was originally up for vote as well, but it was
eventually decided that it would not need to compete to maintain its place. So, technically, there are Eight Wonders of the World now.
It is worth noting there are dissenting views on the results, mostly sour grapes. The most ridiculous amongst them, however, comes from the Vatican
itself, upset that there were no Cathedrals on the list, and that the organizers had an "anti-catholic bias." Presumably, Rio De Janeiro's
Christ the Redeemer statue
wasn't enough for them, nor was the fact that three
of the winners (the other two being Machu Picchu
came from Latin America, a primarily Catholic region of the Earth.
That the Great Wall of China
would win are no surprises, being as many people mistakenly believe them to already be one of the
Seven Ancient Wonders of the World
winning was a bit of a surprise, at least to me. Not to say it wasn't worthy, it just never
struck me as having the popularity of some of the other contenders. India's Taj Mahal
believed to be one of the most beautiful buildings on Earth, was a great choice.
I myself voted back in January, when the Pyramids were still on the ballot. My votes were:
Great Wall of China
Pyramids of Giza
Easter Island Statues
So I'm pretty pleased at the results.
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[edit on 7/9/2007 by thelibra]