Great Wall of China, Taj Mahal named among 'new' world wonders

  1. Sat Jul 7, 6:43 PM

    LISBON (AFP) - The Great Wall of China and the Taj Mahal in India were named Saturday as two of the seven "new" wonders of the world at a celebrity-studded televised ceremony in the Portuguese capital.
    The others were the Coliseum in Rome, the centuries-old pink-coloured ruins of Petra in Jordan, the statue of Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro, the Incan ruins of Machu Picchu in Peru, and the ancient Mayan city of Chichen Itza in Mexico.

    A private Swiss foundation launched the contest in January, allowing Internet and telephone voters to choose between 21 sites short-listed from 77 selected by a jury.

    It said it had gathered nearly 100 million votes by the end of polling at midnight Friday.

    Losing out among the frontrunners on the short-listed sites were the Acropolis in Greece, the Eiffel Tower in Paris, the statues on Easter Island, and Britain's Stonehenge.

    The privately-sponsored campaign was the brainchild of Swiss filmmaker and museum curator Bernard Weber, following the destruction of Afghanistan's giant Buddha statues at Bamiyan by the Taliban in 2001.

    However, the UN cultural body that designates world heritage sites has declined to support the event.

    "The list of the seven new wonders will be the result of a private initiative which cannot contribute in any significant or lasting way to the preservation of the elected sites," the Paris-based UNESCO said in a statement last month.

    The initiative seeks to recreate the popularity of the seven wonders of the world of antiquity. Only one of the seven, the Pyramids of Egypt, still stands today. The others were: the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, the Statue of Zeus at Olympia, the Temple of Artemis at Ephesus in Asia Minor, the Mausoleum of Halicarnassus, the Colossus of Rhodes, and the Pharos of Alexandria.

  2. The Seven New Wonders of the World

    • Great Wall of China

    • Taj Mahal

    • Colisseum

    • Ruins of Petra

    • Statue of Christ the Redeemer

    • Incan Ruins of Matchu Picchu

    • Ancient Mayan City of Chichen Itza
  3. man thats amazing....

    ive only seen one (taj mahal) but HOPEFULLY ill be able to see the rest sooooon!
  4. I read this and thought, "what was wrong with the 7 Wonders of the Ancient World?"

    Well, most of them were damaged or destroyed. Some were restored, and some don't exist anymore. The only existing original Wonder from that list is the Pyramid of Giza.

    The 7 Wonders of the Ancient World:
    (I've indicated what happened to each Wonder.)
    1. Great Pyramid of Giza
    2. Hanging Gardens of Babylon (destroyed in an earthquake)
    3. Temple of Artemis at Ephesus (Arson)
    4. Statue of Zeus at Olympia (Dismantled by Christian rulers to discourage paganism)
    5. Mausoleum of Maussollos at Halicarnassus (Damaged by an earthquake and eventually disassembled by European Crusaders)
    6. Colosseus at Rhodes (Earthquake)
    7. Lighthouse at Alexandria (Earthquake)
  5. Honorary Candidate
    • Pyramid of Giza
  6. To be included on the new list, the wonders had to be man-made, completed before 2000, and in an "acceptable" state of preservation.
  7. I got this information from
    I edited some of it to reflect the results of the vote.

    The Great Wall of China was built to link existing fortifications into a united defense system and better keep invading Mongol tribes out of China. It is the largest man-made monument ever to have been built and it is disputed that it is the only one visible from space. Many thousands of people must have given their lives to build this colossal construction.

    The Great Wall of China, incredible proof of
    - Perseverance & Persistence!

    This immense mausoleum was built on the orders of Shah Jahan, the fifth Muslim Mogul emperor, to honor the memory of his beloved late wife. Built out of white marble and standing in formally laid-out walled gardens, the Taj Mahal is regarded as the most perfect jewel of Muslim art in India. The emperor was consequently jailed and, it is said, could then only see the Taj Mahal out of his small cell window.

    The Taj Mahal,
    the greatest symbol of
    - Love & Passion!
  8. This great amphitheater in the centre of Rome was built to give favors to successful legionnaires and to celebrate the glory of the Roman Empire. Its design concept still stands to this very day, and virtually every modern sports stadium some 2,000 years later still bears the irresistible imprint of the Colosseum's original design. Today, through films and history books, we are even more aware of the cruel fights and games that took place in this arena, all for the joy of the spectators.

    The Colosseum, a symbol of
    - Joy & Suffering!

    On the edge of the Arabian Desert, Petra was the glittering capital of the Nabataean empire of King Aretas IV (9 B.C. to 40 A.D.). Masters of water technology, the Nabataeans provided their city with great tunnel constructions and water chambers. A theater, modelled on Greek-Roman prototypes, had space for an audience of 4,000. Today, the Palace Tombs of Petra, with the 42-meter-high Hellenistic temple facade on the El-Deir Monastery, are impressive examples of Middle Eastern culture.

    Petra, a great symbol of
    - Engineering & Protection!
  9. This statue of Jesus stands some 38 meters tall, atop the Corcovado mountain overlooking Rio de Janeiro. Designed by Brazilian Heitor da Silva Costa and created by French sculptor Paul Landowski, it is one of the world’s best-known monuments. The statue took five years to construct and was inaugurated on October 12, 1931. It has become a symbol of the city and of the warmth of the Brazilian people, who receive visitors with open arms.

    Christ Redeemer, it stands for
    - Welcoming & Openness!

    In the 15th century, the Incan Emperor Pachacútec built a city in the clouds on the mountain known as Machu Picchu ("old mountain"). This extraordinary settlement lies halfway up the Andes Plateau, deep in the Amazon jungle and above the Urubamba River. It was probably abandoned by the Incas because of a smallpox outbreak and, after the Spanish defeated the Incan Empire, the city remained 'lost' for over three centuries. It was rediscovered by Hiram Bingham in 1911.

    Machu Picchu, a symbol of
    - Community & Dedication!
  10. Chichén Itzá, the most famous Mayan temple city, served as the political and economic center of the Mayan civilization. Its various structures - the pyramid of Kukulkan, the Temple of Chac Mool, the Hall of the Thousand Pillars, and the Playing Field of the Prisoners – can still be seen today and are demonstrative of an extraordinary commitment to architectural space and composition. The pyramid itself was the last, and arguably the greatest, of all Mayan temples.

    Chichén Itzá, it symbolizes
    - Worship & Knowledge!
  11. Sadly, the Alhambra of Granada didn´t be chosen for to be the new wonder of the world :sad: I think that the Alhambre, the Kremlin or other monuments were better than the Christ of Rio de Janeiro for example.

  12. This is very cool! Thanks, Caitlin!:tup:
  13. Wow, the Colisseum is beautiful!

    I went to the Great Wall when I was in middle school. Too bad I was too young to appreciate it back then. :sad:
  14. I never got the reason for limiting it to seven. Obviously there are a lot more wonders than that, which in my opinion, is a good thing.
  15. I'm jealous, I believe DF has gone to 5/7 of those world wonders.. Now if only he can say he's been to those many places with meee!! ;)