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New 7 Wonders vs. Ancient 7 Wonders

Posted on: February 1, 2008

New 7 Wonders vs. Ancient 7 Wonders

July 9, 2007—The 105-foot-tall (38-meter-tall) “Christ the Redeemer” statue in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, was among the “new seven wonders of the world” announced July 7 following a global poll to decide a new list of human-made marvels.

The winners were voted for by Internet and phone, American Idol style. The other six new wonders are the Colosseum in Rome, India’s Taj Mahal, the Great Wall of China, Jordan’s ancient city of Petra, the Inca ruins of Machu Picchu in Peru, and the ancient Maya city of Chichén Itzá in Mexico.

The contest was organized by the New7Wonders Foundation—the brainchild of Swiss filmmaker and museum curator Bernard Weber—in order to “protect humankind’s heritage across the globe.” The foundation says the poll attracted almost a hundred million votes.

Yet the competition has proved controversial, drawing criticism from the United Nations’ cultural organization UNESCO, which administers the World Heritage sites program (pictures of the newest World Heritage sites).

New 7 Wonders vs. Ancient 7 Wonders
This newly elected world wonder was built along China’s northern border over many centuries to keep out invading Mongol tribes.

Constructed between the fifth century B.C. and the 16th century, the Great Wall is the world’s longest human-made structure, stretching some 4,000 miles (6,400 kilometers). The best known section was built around 200 B.C. by the first emperor of China, Qin Shi Huang Di.

The only finalist from Europe to make it into the top seven—the Colosseum in Rome, Italy—once held up to 50,000 spectators who came to watch gory games involving gladiators, wild animals, and prisoners.

Construction began around A.D. 70 under Emperor Vespasian. Modern sports stadiums still resemble the Colosseum’s famous design.

European sites that didn’t make the cut include Stonehenge in the United Kingdom, the Acropolis in Athens, Greece, and the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France.

New 7 Wonders vs. Ancient 7 Wonders

Perched on the edge of the Arabian Desert, Petra was the capital of the Nabataean kingdom of King Aretas IV (9 B.C. to A.D. 40).

Petra is famous for its many stone structures such as a 138-foot-tall (42-meter-tall) temple carved with classical facades into rose-colored rock. The ancient city also included tunnels, water chambers, and an amphitheater, which held 4,000 people.

The desert site wasn’t known to the West until Swiss explorer Johann Ludwig Burckhardt came across it in 1812.

Jordan has taken the New7Wonders competition seriously. Petra is an important attraction in a country where tourism has recently suffered due to troubles in the Middle East region, particularly in neighboring Iraq.

One of three successful candidates from Latin America, Machu Picchu is a 15th-century mountain settlement in the Amazon region of Peru.

The ruined city is among the best known remnants of the Inca civilization, which flourished in the Andes region of western South America. The city is thought to have been abandoned following an outbreak of deadly smallpox, a disease introduced in the 1500s by invading Spanish forces.

Hundreds of people gathered at the remote, 7,970-foot-high (2,430-meter- high) site on Saturday to celebrate Machu Picchu’s new “seven wonders” status.

Chichén Itzá is possibly the most famous temple city of the Mayas, a pre-Columbian civilization that lived in present day Central America. It was the political and religious center of Maya civilization during the period from A.D. 750 to 1200.

At the city’s heart lies the Temple of Kukulkan (pictured)—which rises to a height of 79 feet (24 meters). Each of its four sides has 91 steps—one step for each day of the year, with the 365th day represented by the platform on the top.

The New7Wonders competition was launched in 1999, and the voting process beginning in 2005. Nearly 200 nominations that came in from around the world were narrowed down to 21.

New 7 Wonders vs. Ancient 7 Wonders
The Taj Mahal, in Agra, India, is the spectacular mausoleum built by Muslim Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan to honor the memory of his beloved late wife, Mumtaz Mahal.

Construction began in 1632 and took about 15 years to complete. The opulent, domed mausoleum, which stands in formal walled gardens, is generally regarded as finest example of Mughal art and architecture. It includes four minarets, each more than 13 stories tall.

New 7 Wonders vs. Ancient 7 Wonders
The Egyptian pharaoh Khufu built the Great Pyramid in about 2560 B.C. to serve as his tomb. The pyramid is the oldest structure on the original list of the seven wonders of the ancient world, which was compiled by Greek scholars about 2,200 years ago. It is also the only remaining survivor from the original list.

The Great Pyramid is the largest of three Pyramids at Giza, bordering modern-day Cairo. Although weathering has caused the structure to stand a few feet shorter today, the pyramid was about 480 feet (145 meters) high when it was first built. It is thought to have been the planet’s tallest human-made structure for more than four millennia.

Initially the Giza Pyramids were top contenders in the Internet and phone ballot to make a new list of world wonders. But leading Egyptian officials were outraged by the contest, saying the pyramids shouldn’t be put to a vote.

“This contest will not detract from the value of the Pyramids, which is the only real wonder of the world,” Egypt’s antiquities chief Zahi Hawass told the AFP news agency.

New 7 Wonders vs. Ancient 7 Wonders
In contrast to the pyramids, the colossus was the shortest lived of the seven wonders of the ancient world. Completed in 282 B.C. after taking 12 years to build, the Colossus of Rhodes was felled by an earthquake that snapped the statue off at the knees a mere 56 years later.

The towering figure—made of stone and iron with an outer skin of bronze—represented the Greek sun god Helios, the island’s patron god. It looked out from Mandráki Harbor on the Mediterranean island of Ródos (Rhodes), although it is no longer believed to have straddled the harbor entrance as often shown in illustrations.

New 7 Wonders vs. Ancient 7 Wonders
The lighthouse was the only ancient wonder that had a practical use, serving as a beacon for ships in the dangerous waters off the Egyptian port city of Alexandria, now called El Iskandarîya.

Constructed on the small island of Pharos between 285 and 247 B.C., the building was the world’s tallest for many centuries. Its estimated height was 384 feet (117 meters)—equivalent to a modern 40-story building—though some people believe it was significantly taller.

The lighthouse was operated using fire at night and polished bronze mirrors that reflected the sun during the day. It’s said the light could be seen for more than 35 miles (50 kilometers) out to sea.

New 7 Wonders vs. Ancient 7 Wonders
The massive gold statue of the king of the Greek gods was built in honor of the original Olympic games, which began in the ancient city of Olympia.

The statue, completed by the classical sculptor Phidias around 432 B.C., sat on a jewel-encrusted wooden throne inside a temple overlooking the city. The 40-foot-tall (12-meter-tall) figure held a scepter in one hand and a small statue of the goddess of victory, Nike, in the other—both made from ivory and precious metals.

The temple was closed when the Olympics were banned as a pagan practice in A.D. 391, after Christianity became the official religion of the Roman Empire.

New 7 Wonders vs. Ancient 7 Wonders
The hanging gardens are said to have stood on the banks of the Euphrates River in modern-day Iraq, although there’s some doubt as to whether they ever really existed.

The Babylonian king Nebuchadnezzar II supposedly created the terraced gardens around 600 B.C. at his royal palace in the Mesopotamian desert. It is said the gardens were made to please the king’s wife, who missed the lush greenery of her homeland in the Medes, in what is now northern Iran.

Archaeologists have yet to agree on the likely site of the hanging gardens, but findings in the region that could be its remains include the foundations of a palace and a nearby vaulted building with an irrigation well.

New 7 Wonders vs. Ancient 7 Wonders
The famous tomb at Halicarnassus— now the city of Bodrum—was built between 370 and 350 B.C. for King Mausolus of Caria, a region in the southwest of modern Turkey. Legend says that the king’s grieving wife Artemisia II had the tomb constructed as a memorial to their love.

Mausolus was a satrap, or governor, in the Persian Empire, and his fabled tomb is the source of the word “mausoleum.” The structure measured 120 feet (40 meters) long and 140 feet (45 meters) tall.

The tomb was most admired for its architectural beauty and splendor. The central burial chamber was decorated in gold, while the exterior was adorned with ornate stone friezes and sculptures created by four Greek artists.

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34 Responses to "New 7 Wonders vs. Ancient 7 Wonders"

is there not anything in england that is a wonder like stone henge that should be a 7 wonder because no-one knows really when or why it was built…there are many stories that they were used to calculate the stars and the planets but what is the real reason for stone henge i think it should be a 7 wonders because of them reason and not like we can go back in time and find out why they built it and how would all of them people being able to carry the stones to the right place but how did they know where to put them in the first place so it should be one of the 7 wonders of the world as some of these like…the great wall of china as we know why that wa built …beacause it was built to keep there emermies out so stone henge should be put on to the new 7 wonders of the world as it is mysterious.

yes u r right the stone hedge should of been in there

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i figured that all of the wonders all made by men! nothing is naturaly made! i mean a wonder is suppose to be strange and hardly created! for example, i think that the Jeita caves of Lebanon is a wonder of nature.

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where is stone henge

Kind of makes you wonder if there is still room to build new wonders today.

there are many such things in the world which we think should be under seven wonders of the world but the place is only for SEVEN….i think the ancient wonders were marvelous than those of new🙂

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There is no picture of Manchu Pichu.

Stonehenge is simply a pile of rocks, not a wonder.

A better new wonder for the UK would be the Millenium Dome, St. Paul’s Cathedral, or the Houses of Parliament.

I think the Empire State Building or the Twin Towers should have made the cut.

Obviously the Statue of Liberty would have been a good one too.

its really a wonder wonders huh!wat indian tajmahal is seeem like as ?
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its great bto know about seven ancient wonders and the most fascinating of these all is the hanging garden of babylon ……….ooooooooooh i wish thr z a prince who build these gardan for me……

There is obviously a lot to know about this. There are some good points here. 🙂

so very beatiful. the 7 wonders is very archithic.

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very kooll the picturess are inspiering😄

hi this very nice all collection
these are all is very nice wonder

The Hagia Sophia sadly missing from all this….nice pics tho, thanks…

i think we forgot about the nazka lines too

very nice & most wonderful………….

Really nice collection with the pictures,here is a wonderful description about wonderful wonders of the world.

ya i liked it very much……… it s wonderful

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