New seven wonders of the world

Only one of the original (read: ancient) Seven Wonders of the World is still standing, which is the Great Pyramid of Giza in Cairo, Egypt.

Now, a non-profit Swiss foundation called New7Wonders which specializes in the “preservation, restoration and promotion of monuments” have suggested making a new list for the modern version of the Seven Wonders.

In true reality-TV era style, the original list of several hundred candidates have been narrowed down to 21 finalists by experts. The final seven will be decided by who else but the whole world. Yes, you and me are entitled to vote. You can even vote more than once, of course by paying more money…

Well, I did vote, and these are my favorite seven:

  • Angkor Wat (Cambodia): the world’s largest religious structure. 900 years old.

  • Chichen Itza (Mexico): Mayan, about 1,000 years old.

  • Easter Island Statues or Moai: Polynesian, about 1,000 years old, 25m high stones;

  • Great Wall of China – and I don’t know why this did not make the Ancient Seven Wonders list; more than 6,000 km long, more than 2,000 years old.

  • Machu Picchu (Peru): Inca city located high up in the mountains, about 600 years old.

  • Great Pyramids of Giza (Egypt) – since this was on the original list of Ancient Seven Wonders, it should be a given that it makes the new list too; more than 2,500 years old.
  • Stonehenge (England) – more than 3,000 years old, each stone weighing around 50 tons.

How did I arrive at that list, and why did I leave out such luminaries as the Colosseum, Taj Mahal and Petra. Well, everybody has their own criteria and mine are:

  • it must be huge, and must have taken great effort in constructing them without modern technology
  • it must be old, at least several hundred years old. The older, the better. Hence, newer ones like the Eiffel Tower, Christ Redeemer and Sydney Opera House.
  • must be shrouded in mystery. Like: it’s been there for hundreds or thousands of years, but only discovered recently. Or, it’s still unclear who made it, or for what purpose, or how.
  • if possible, it must be connected with religion. So, temples would be my favourite. Even better if human sacrifices had been offered there.

The results will be announced on July 7, 2007, in Lisbon.

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