Monday, July 9, 2007

The New Seven Wonders Of The World

The new Seven Wonders of the World - were chosen by a worldwide poll and ultimately revealed in Lisbon on 07/07/07 as part of a huge "event". It was a star-studded ceremony featuring a fanfare of musical performances and a parade of world dignitaries. All came together for one night to highlight the world's cultural gems and shared heritage. Hmmm.. part of this new globalism no doubt.. and most likely a bid to spark some more tourism to these places. But anyway .. here they are.. and I have what I think are some some good links if you want to "cyber" visit. I have already been to visit Chichén Itzá and The Roman Colloseum and they were amazing (so was Stonehenge which is not on this list).

Chichén Itzá, Mexico
Christ Redeemer, Brazil
The Great Wall, China
Machu Picchu, Peru
Petra, Jordan
The Roman Colloseum, Italy
The Taj Mahal, India

Those places are great.. but I like the traditional ancient seven wonders of the world were concentrated in the Mediterranean and Middle East. That list was derived from lists of marvels compiled by ancient Greek observers, the best known being Antipater of Sidon, a writer in the 2nd century B.C.

Thanks go to msalansky on flickr for this map

The Pyramid of Giza (still existing)

The Hanging Gardens of Babylon,
The Statue of Zeus at Olympia
The Temple of Artemis at Ephesus
The Mausoleum of Halicarnassus
The Colossus of Rhodes
The Pharos lighthouse off Alexandria have all vanished.

More here about the seven wonders of the ancient world and here as well.