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Tuesday, September 25, 2007

The New Seven Wonders of the World

Following a global poll organized by Swiss filmmaker Bernard Weber, a new list of the top seven man-made marvels was recently published. Weber's aim was to help protect these examples of human achievement, but he drew criticism from the United Nations' cultural organization, UNESCO, which claims the list is nothing but hype and doesn't help preservation efforts.

The Great Pyramid of Giza - the only structure on the original Seven Wonders list that is still in existence - was not included on Weber's list. The other six on the original list were (1) the Colossus of Rhodes in Greece, (2) the Lighthouse of Alexandra in Egypt, (3) the Statue of Zeus at Olympia in Greece, (4) the Hanging Gardens of Babylon in Iraq, (5) the Mausoleum of Halicarnassus in Turkey, and (6) the Temple of Artemis in Turkey.

Below is Weber's new list:

1. Christ the Redeemer statue in Brazil
2. The Great Wall of China
3. The Colosseum in Rome
4. Petra in Jordan
5. Machu Picchu in Peru
6. Chichen Itza in Mexico
7. The Taj Mahal in India

(Source: National Geographic)

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