Saturday, July 7, 2007

031.02 Seven Wonders of the World: The New Bunch

100 million votes later and the list of the new Seven Wonders of the World was revealed today.

And the "winners" in no particular order are:

Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janerio

Machu Picchu [slow loading site, but fabulous pix]

Petra, Jordan [must admit this one eluded me--had to read up on it!]

The Chichen Itza pyramid in Yucatan, Mexico.

My personal favorite (hence my choice for picture) is the Great Wall...I am especially fascinated by the thought that it is the only man-made structure the astronauts can see from space! My only claim to fame of any of these magnificent structures is that I have been to a "cousin" of Chichen Itza.... the pyramids right outside of Mexico impressive and SO scary when I was climbing back down!!
The Egyptian pyramids ware the only remaining structures from the ancient Seven Wonders of the world and were not included in this poll. They are what they are on their own---a continuing wonder.
No "U.S." representative...the only one mentioned in the early news stories...the Statue of Liberty was way at the bottom of the list...and does that really count because it was a gift from France? I'm not concerned...we have have contributed in our own way to the world...and besides, remember we have only existed a mere 231 years...a baby amongst some of these other civilizations and their structures!
Betcha got a favorite?


LKP said...

Funny that the Petra city should show up in your blog --- I bought a Smithsonian mag. while in DC and the cover story is on Petra! I'll bring in with me in the am!

Library Girl said...

I'm with you on the Great Wall! Something I want to see at some point in my lifetime! I saw an article on this in Sunday's paper. Interesting to come on the blog and find it in electronic form, too. =)