Monday, December 17, 2007

New Seven Wonders of the World

New Seven Wonders of the World

The Magical digit '7'

Seven happens to be a magical digit for man and the earth as well, seven continents, seven seas, seven colors, seven musical notes, and the ancient concept of Seven Wonders of the World.

7th July 07 (7-7-07) was also a rare date all of sevens and was apt to coin 7 existing wonders for the world to wonder!

The 7 Wonders Society a non-profit organization promoted by Bernard Weber coined 7-7-7 for selecting the wonders, and the method he chose was unique, through voting via internet. The response from the public was tremendous; more than one hundred million people cast their vote (neglecting differences of region, religion or race), a phenomenon quite unheard of in the history of the world,

The results include worldwide online, SMS and telephone voting. The results were also miraculous, winners were from different continents while Latin America (3, Macchu Pichu, Chichen Itza and Christ the Redeemer) and Africa (2, Petra and Pyramid of Giza) and Asia (2, Great Wall of China and Taj Mahal of India) as expected topped the list (Africa has Pyramids the extra and superb wonder) Europe had to be content with just one the Colossium of Italy.

We congratulate Mr. Weber’s efforts to create awareness among public regarding the cultural heritages they have inherited, and the organization duly deserve the dramatic success it received. Mr. Weber has rightly said “if we want to save anything, we first need to truly appreciate it”. His campaign has been successful in getting people appreciating the monuments, preservation will follow.

New Seven Wonders of the World

(All the New 7 Wonders are equal and are presented as a group without any ranking.)

The Pyramid at Chichén Itzá (before 800 A.D.) Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico new seven wonders of the world
The Chichen Itza monuments are the creation of the Maya Civilization that existed in this are during 600 AD. The whole monuments are located in the northern center of the Yucatan Peninsula and managed by National Institute of Anthropology and History Mexico (INAH) Read the full article here

Christ Redeemer (1931) Rio de Janeiro, Brazil new seven wonders of the world
The statue has a height of 39.6 meters and a total weigh 700 tons. The work started on 1926 it took just five years and monument was declared open on 31st October, 1931. Read the full article here

The Roman Colosseum (70 - 82 A.D.) Rome, Italy new seven wonders of the world
The Colosseum is the biggest structure built in the Roman Empire. The size of Colosseum was such (165feet in height and 200 feet in length) that it could easily accommodate 50,000 spectators Read the full article here

The Great Wall of China (220 B.C and 1368 - 1644 A.D.) China new seven wonders of the world
This great structure has been granted the World Heritage status by UNESCO in 1987 and it remains as a hot destination for tourists’ world wide (since opening up of the economy China has started to emerge as a tourist destination) and this great wall remains as one of the most photographed structures in the world. Read the full article here

Machu Picchu (1460-1470), Peru - new seven wonders of the world
The site is 7000 feet above sea-level and consists of temples, giant walls, pathways, gardens, ramps and remnants of buildings and halls all built on the terraces made on mountain slopes. Read the full article here

Petra (9 B.C. - 40 A.D.), Jordan - new seven wonders of the world
This city is at present uninhabited but has the remnants of all amenities its dwellers enjoyed; all made of carved and finished granites and sandstones. The Petra city was located in the ancient trade routes between Gaza, Bosra and Damascus. Read the full article here

The Taj Mahal (1630 A.D.) Agra, India - New seven wonders of the world
The Taj is an architectural marvel formed of the fusion between Indian, Persian, Turkish and the Islamic styles. Its construction started on 1632 took 16 long years when it was finally completed in 1648! Read the full article here

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