Wednesday, October 25, 2006

The Se7en Wonders of the New World.

The History of the world as we know it, always named or "designated" 7 wonders. We all learned and studies those Marvels of Man in school, and today, 2,200 years later, only one of those wonders still remain: The Pyramids of Giza.
My co-worker sent me an email, with an interesting link to the "New7Wonders Foundation" website. They are choosing seven new Wonders for the New World. Apparently, we can participate and vote.

“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. The official N7W 21 finalist candidates were announced by the panel's President, Prof. Federico Mayor, on January 1, 2006 in Zurich.
The final round of voting for the New 7 Wonders will continue throughout 2006 and half of 2007. Then, on July 7, 2007 -07.07.07, 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.
... be a part of the making of history!”

Here are the nominees: [in blue font, are my choices of 7 wonders]
1. The Acropolis of Athens (450 - 330 B.C.) Athens, Greece
2. Alhambra (12th century) Granada, Spain
3. Angkor (12th century) Cambodia
4. The Pyramid at Chichén Itzá (before 800 A.D.) Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico
5. Christ Redeemer (1931) Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
6. The Roman Colosseum (70 - 82 A.D.) Rome, Italy
7. Statues of Easter Island (10th - 16th Century) Easter Island, Chile
8. The Eiffel Tower (1887 - 89) Paris, France
9. The Great Wall of China (220 B.C and 1368 - 1644 A.D.) China
10. The Hagia Sophia (532 - 537 A.D.) Istanbul, Turkey
11. Kiyomizu Temple (749 - 1855) Kyoto, Japan
12. The Kremlin and Red Square (1156 - 1850) Moscow, Russia
13. Machu Picchu (1460-1470), Peru
14. Neuschwanstein Castle (1869 -1884) Füssen, Germany
15. Petra (9 B.C. - 40 A.D.), Jordan
16. The Pyramids of Giza (2600 - 2500 B.C), Egypt
17. The Statue of Liberty (1886) New York City, U.S.A.
18. Stonehenge (3000 B.C. - 1600 B.C.) Amesbury, United Kingdom
19. Sydney Opera House (1954 - 73) Sydney, Australia
20. The Taj Mahal (1630 A.D.) Agra, India
21. Timbuktu (12th century) Mali

What really baffles me though, is how did The Statue of Liberty, The Christ Redeemer of Rio, The Eiffel Tower, and the Opera of Sydney, make it up there on the list? But hey… I wasn’t consulted.

Which of those Landmarks do you vote for, as your 7even Wonders?
And if you had to add one new Wonder to the list, which Monument would you choose to represent you?
The 7 Wonders of the “ancient” world are:
The Great Pyramid of Giza
The Hanging Gardens of Babylon
The Statue of Zeus at Olympia
The Temple of Artemis at Ephesus
The Mausoleum at Halicarnassus
The Colossus of Rhodes
The Lighthouse of Alexandria


At 10:08 AM, Blogger laila said...

z, weirdly enough (or not), my choices match yours 100%

yeah it seems they really were almost missing the deadline that they had to include eiffel tower and the opera house!

At 11:46 AM, Blogger Maya@NYC said...

how come Solidere didn't make it to the wonders! :)
1. Giza
2. Petra
3. wall of china
4. peru
5. Roman colosseum
6. taj mahal
7. Kiyomizu temple
interesting ... determining what makes something a wonder...
(the pyramids shouldn't count though: they were built by aliens!)

At 4:52 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

INtroducing the world of the seven wonders:

1. Renault 5
2. Rayban
3. Gemayze
4. Monnot
5. Arguileh
6. Dubai
7. missed calls

by the way, Dubai made it to the finals lately,
and the world i am refering to is of course, lebnan el habil...
my lebanon is somewhere in jroud el jroud,
where no man has ever reached
to ruin...

At 5:07 AM, Blogger Red said...

1. The Acropolis, Greece
2. The Alhambra, Spain
3. The Pyramid at Chichen Itza, Mexico
4. Christ The Redeemer, Brazil (Sorry, man. I really love this statue!)
5. Easter Island, Chile
6. Machu Picchu, Peru
7. The Taj Mahal, India

And if I could choose another... I'd put the Duomo of Milan on that list. Or the entire city of Venice.

At 5:35 AM, Blogger Lirun said...

i would go for the sydney opera house hahah

but i am biassed..


my first choice is the tunnels of david.. shilo springs.. but they never made it


At 12:12 PM, Blogger Ibn Bint Jbeil said...

Unrelated, completely, to your current post:

You've heard of Ibn Bint Jbeil? Well now there's Bint Bint Jbeil! Yes, my daughter, although still in the womb, now has a blog. It's freaky, yes, but before you acccuse us of extreme virtual cyberparenting, it's just my wife and my writings and pictures about the baby, who's about to come. Check her out:

At 4:17 PM, Blogger Coco said...

1. Angkor (12th century) Cambodia
2. Statues of Easter Island (10th - 16th Century) Easter Island, Chile
3. Machu Picchu (1460-1470), Peru
4. Petra (9 B.C. - 40 A.D.), Jordan
5. The Pyramids of Giza (2600 - 2500 B.C), Egypt
6. Stonehenge (3000 B.C. - 1600 B.C.) Amesbury, United Kingdom
7. Timbuktu (12th century) Mali

I kinda agree with Mee's new addition to the list, especially the "missed calls". Or on a more serious note, Lebanon by itself is a wonder of the new world. What other country of this size with so many religions, ideologies and leaders survives all the wars that Lebanon survived so far, from the beginning of time?

At 4:46 PM, Anonymous nado said...

_z, u have to prepare a program 4 me to visit all these places and then I'll decide which ONes must be the 7 wonders..
I'm ready anytime u want! ;)
LOL (w 3a 7esbak HA)

At 10:40 AM, Blogger _z. said...

walaw chloe, lech weird. great minds think alike don't they?

maya, I used to believe that too!

mee, indeed very interesting choices you have up there. I have to disagree with your choice of Dubai. I always wonder how ppl are enchanted with that city. Dubai and its palm tree Island bullshit, are nothing but an urban catastrophe, and probably an environmental one too.

Red_ YES the city of venice, that's an excellent choice to add to the list. how could they not think to add it there. I like the Christ Statue of Rio a lot too... it bears a lot of meanings... overlooking the rich and the favellas at the same time... opening his arms to embrace the green, the blue, and the dirty that make Rio... but it is definately not a wonder... It is a beautiful statue in a beautiful location, with a lot of meaning... but that's it for me.

Really Lirun? the opera house? hmmm. It is a nice architectural monument... but not a wonder. I don't know for me a wonder has to be something that bears a mystical, meaning... not just... an object.

congratulations Ibn Bint Jbeil. and welcome to your little Bint Ibn Bint Jbeil.

coco the missed call can not be a wonder. it can be in lebanon only. other cultures don't even know what it is. But yeah, Lebanon is definately a wonder. I wonder why?

nado_ pack your bags!

At 1:27 PM, Blogger * (asterisk) said...

The Roman Colosseum (70 - 82 A.D.) Rome, Italy
Statues of Easter Island (10th - 16th Century) Easter Island, Chile
Christ Redeemer (1931) Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
The Pyramids of Giza (2600 - 2500 B.C), Egypt
Machu Picchu (1460-1470), Peru
The Great Wall of China (220 B.C and 1368 - 1644 A.D.) China
The Acropolis of Athens (450 - 330 B.C.) Athens, Greece

I'm not very imaginative re coming up with an extra one, I'm afraid. My original choice was a bit shite, so I'm gonna go with Venice, although as an icon the Empire State Building would be high on my list too. I'm also not entirely sure about the Giza pyramids, since it's already on the other list. Seems unfair for it to be a contender on this one too!

At 5:18 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

z ya z.
when i counted the world of the 7 wonders i refered to lebnan el habil..and definitly what is done nowadays in dubai is outrageous and stupid.
they think they are making history, in my opinion they are FAKING history..
wa iktada el tawdi7.

At 6:10 PM, Blogger arch.memory said...

Cool post, thanks! Though it reminds me of all the places in the world I have yet to see (I'm glad to say I'll be scratching another of the nominees off my list this November!). So, until I've seen them all, I will have to vote amongst those I have seen:
I agree with Red, Alhambra in Granada is a must (if you haven't seen it, try to do so!) and the whole city of Venice. Then Petra (Jordan) and the Pyramids (Egypt), and maybe the Coloseo (Rome). But I have to say, though, the Acropolis was completely unimpressive, especially compared to Baalbeck (which I would nominate). And Tante Liberty? Puh-lease! Gimme a break!

At 1:24 AM, Blogger gitanes legeres said...

_z, great post. i started reading 2 night sago. just finished now(busy life for a gitane!!) but really very nice. i havent been to most of the nominated places, it's a pity, again no time. i wonder if i'll ever be able to vote before jan!!

At 12:19 AM, Blogger _z. said...

Yes *(asterisk) venice sure should have been on the list. but again, the empire state building... not so sure.

mee, tawdi7 makboul tab3an.

Ash... euhh, I have a confession..ehem.. I've never been to baalbek!

gitanes, if it is any consolation, I've only been to Petra. And it definately is a wonder.


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