The New Seven Wonders of the World was compiled by popular vote over a six-year period by a non-profit group headed by Swiss adventurer Bernard Weber.In 1999, Weber started gathering suggestions from internet users around the world.The list of over 200 nominations has been narrowed down to 70, then to 21, and finally to 7.The group reported over 100 million votes, received over the Internet and mobile messages, making this, if true, the largest poll. Ever conducted.
As of 7/7/07, a recent list has been released in terms of origin and scope, and each of the structures on it can be seen in person.
This ancient capital was built around 9 BC. During the reign of King Aretas IV, its prosperity continued during the Roman Empire. It can now be seen in its pink stone ruins and carved façade.
Great Wall of China
This 4,160-mile wall was built to protect China from invading Huns, Mongols, and other tribes, and to unify fortifications into a single defense system. The barrier began in the 7th century BC, took hundreds of years to build, and ranks as the tallest man-made structure in the world – and appears to be the only one that can be seen from space.
Statue of Christ the Savior(Brazil)
The statue is 125 feet high at the summit of Corcovado Mountain over Rio, and it took five years to build the statue. It was constructed by the sculptor Paul Landowski in France, shipped to Brazil in pieces, and then transported to the mountain by train, where it was reassembled.
This “city in the clouds” was built at 8,000 feet above sea level in the 15th century by the Inca Emperor Pachacutec. Abandoned by the Incas, the city remained unknown until an explorer rediscovered it in 1911.
Pyramid of Chichen Itza(Mexico)
The center of the Mayan civilization in its day, Chichen Itza is still visible in many structures, including the Kukulkan pyramid.
The Roman Colosseum(Italy)
This massive 50,000-seat stadium in the center of Rome was built more than 2,000 years ago and continues to influence the design of sports stadiums around the world.
This white marble structure was built in 1630 by a sad emperor, Shah Jahan, in honor of his deceased wife, and combines geometric, Persian and Islamic styles of architecture.
Seven New WondersInfoplease StaffUpdated by an Infoplease Editor