The New 7 Wonders

The commonly known Seven Ancient Wonders of the World were all man-made monuments, selected by Philon of Byzantium in 200 B.C. Today, only the Pyramids of Giza in Egypt remain. His selection of wonders was essentially a travel guide for fellow Athenians, and the stunning sites were all located around the Mediterranean basin, the then-known world.
The monuments he chose, to be remembered in perpetuity, were:

The Lighthouse of Alexandria
The Temple of Artemis
The Statue of Zeus
The Colossus of Rhodes
The Hanging Gardens of Babylon
The Mausoleum of Halicarnassus
The Pyramids of Egypt
All had been built between 2,500 B.C. and 200 B.C.

Now, just as Pierre de Coubertin revived the Olympic Games in 1896 with his modern version of the competition, New7Wonders founder Bernard Weber is seeking to revive the concept of the 7 Wonders of the World with this ambitious global campaign, the New 7 Wonders of the World. The key difference is that, this time around, they will not be chosen by one man, but rather by millions of people all over the world.

One question most people would probably ask is, why are there seven wonders of the world and not eight or 13? "Seven is a very practical number because it seems to be exactly the number of things the average person can remember, challenging the brain. "While eight is too many, seven is the ideal number. If we achieve the goal of creating seven symbols of unity, we would be able to create a global memory because everybody on the globe will remember the seven wonders of the world," says Weber.The new wonders that are selected will be the people’s choices, and they will be drawn from the earliest time that humankind walked upon the earth up through the year 2000. It is, therefore, possible that the only survivor of the original 7 Wonders of the World, the Pyramids at Giza, could be chosen for a second time, taking them well into a third millenium of fame!

The "New7Wonders Foundation" calls on all citizens of the world to support it. At the end of 2005, the N7W panel chose 21 candidates from the top 77 nominees that had earned the most votes, and these 21 are now in the final stage of the competition. I wonder how many of us here aware that the Petronas Twin Towers was included in the list of the 77 nominees. It is something to be proud of for all of us even though it was not shortlisted as one of the top 21.

The final round of voting for the New 7 Wondersi still on. The most awaited moment is just around the corner. It is now less than 12 days remaining for anyone of to cast your vote and be part of the history yet to be written on July 7. Yes, The N7W website offers you the opportunity to participate in the first-ever global vote to elect the New 7 Wonders of the World. This vote will culminate with a live, worldwide, telecast on July 7, 2007 - 07.07.07 to announce the New 7 Wonders of the World. The dream of the N7W initiators will become a reality as the globe joins together to celebrate the New 7 Wonders of the World, as chosen by the world's population using modern communications technology. This website offers you the opportunity to participate in the first-ever global vote to elect the New 7 Wonders of the World. This vote will culminate with a live, worldwide, telecast on July 7, 2007 - 07.07.07 to announce the New 7 Wonders of the World.

Which monument or place is gonna be in the list of the new 7 wonders of the world? Can Taj Mahal climb up the ladders from the 20th position? Is it possible for The Eiffel Tower take a step further to stand tall in the nearest future? How long more do we have to wait for the suspense to end? It is just 11 days and 16 hours and the clock is ticking! The New 7 Wonders of the World will be announced during the Official Declaration ceremony in Lisbon, Portugal on Saturday, July 7, 2007 - 07.07.07.

2 comments to "The New 7 Wonders"

  • Hello, i just surfed in searching for interesting blogs on new seven wonders of the world, you have a cool blog. Do keep up the good work. i live far from where you are and its nice to be able to see what people from across the world thinks.

    Warm Regards from the Other Side of the Moon.

    On a related note perhaps you might find the following links interesting. we're reviewing the best among the competing 21 participants for the new 7 wonders competition. i'll like to hear your take on the subject via comments. i'll be back soon...

    The Kremlin and the Red Square
    Angkor Wat
    Eiffel Tower
    Hagia Sophia

    ps. if you have your own favourites list or if you'd like us to write about other wonders pls do mention about it in the comments.


    Kerala, India

  • Bibby,

    Thanks for your comments and for the links you have provided. Looks very intersting and contains lotsa brief and useful informations about beautiful monuments and world wonders.

    And.. my favourite would be the world's best knowm tomb and marble monument of love, The Taj Mahal. I have been there before and it is really an amazing wonder that have ever built before. I hope it will make it to be on the list of the New 7 Wonders of the world.