The New 7 World Wonders development was an attempt to modernize the wonders of the world through an unscientific poll led by Canadian-Swiss Bernard Weber. This project relied on private funding and multiple votes were cast via telephone and internet, in truth permitting it to be biased and uncontrolled. However, the New 7 World Wonders Foundation partnered up with the United Nations to encourage global participation and interaction in promotion of their Millennium Goals set to be met by 2015.
“The New7Wonders campaigns aim to contribute to the process of uplifting the well being and mutual respect of citizens around the world, through encouraging interaction, expression of opinion and direct participation by voting and polling on popular themes and global issues which are understandable to everyone.” ~United Nations
In effect, a call to observe the world’s beauty circled the planet and 100 million votes were cast.
Below is a list of the 7 New World Wonders, the number seven in particular due to its historical representation of perfection and plenty.
Chichen Itza –Yucatan, Mexico
Completed in 600 AD
A pre-Columbian archaeological site built by the Mayan Civilization over 1500 years ago and positioned according to sacred geography. The Mayans were an independent civilization living in various city-states and they placed their temple-cities based on the position of a range of celestial objects in the sky. A source point of illumination, visitors to this sacred site can feel its powerful energy that continues to resonate.
Christ the Redeemer—Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Completed in 1931 AD
One of the biggest statues in the world, standing 38 metres tall, and taking nine years to complete this famous wonder was built to express Christ’s love for all. Observable night and day from most Rio’s neighbourhoods, it serves as a symbolic reminder of acceptance regardless of difference as well as love and tolerance.
Completed in 80 AD
Holding a mass crowd of 50,000 spectators, this ancient amphitheatre held a range of deadly battles including gladiatorial contests and public exhibitions as well as some lighter dramatic performances. Now serving as an iconic structure of imperial Rome, it also demonstrates the advanced architecture and sophisticated engineering of that period. It`s clever design allowed for the masses to depart in a mere 5 minutes in no less than 80 access points. This immense masterpiece is one of the top tourist attractions in Rome.
Great Wall of China—People’s Republic of China
Completed 1644 AD
One of mankind`s most extensive structures, the Great Wall of China was built over 2000 years by more than a million peasants, soldiers, and prisoners combined. It was constructed in order to protect the agricultural lands from attack as well as to keep the nation`s citizens from escaping the empire. Built over 7 meters high and 5 meters wide, this colossal masterpiece stretches over 6700km. Not surprisingly did it adequately serve its purpose. In 1987 UNESCO declared it as a World Heritage Site. It never ceases to fascinate its visitors.
Machu Picchu—Cuzco Region, Peru
Built 1400 AD
Known as the lost city of the Incas, Machu Picchu rests 7500 feet above sea level in the Andean Mountain range. It’s a supreme example of genius architecture as well as a distinct witness to the ancient Inca civilization. Massive stones were towed great distances and were cut to perfectly fit one another, a capability and advanced precision to be marvelled at from such a long time ago (1450 A.D). A self-sustaining city of about 1000 people, their sophistication remains undisputed.
Petra—Ma’an Governorate, Jordan
Built 700 B.C.
An abandoned necropolis, this sacred site is not only visually stunning but archaeologically brilliant. Carved from coloured sandstone cliffs in Southern Jordan, the temples and tombs radiate colours of red, pink and orange. Inhabited from before the time of Christ, the Nabataean culture built this `lost city of stone` and crafted an ingenious waterway system to provide their sustenance in the midst of desert.
Taj Mahal—Agra India
Completed in 1648 AD
Built entirely of white marble, this stunning monument radiates pink in the morning, glows white in the day and shines golden under the moonlight. It was produced over a period of 22 years, employed 20,000 workers, and 1000 elephants for transport. Upon its completion, the emperor ordered that the workers hands be chopped so that the architectural beauty could not be duplicated. Today the Taj Mahal is worth 100 million U.S.
**The only remaining of the Ancient 7 World Wonders, the Pyramids of Giza were taken off the voting list and named an honorary candidate.