Today, July 7th 2007 the results from an official poll organized by the New7Wonders organization were publicized, and the new Seven Wonders of the Modern World named. Why? You ask. Well look at the new ones, and right after that I’ll explain why we needed them.
The New Seven Wonders of the Modern World:
1. The Great Wall of China. This is the largest man made monument ever to have been built and is visible from space.
2. Petra, Jordan. On the edge of the Desert, Petra, was the glittering capital of the Nabataean empire of King Aretas IV.
3. Christ Redeemer Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Here you will find a giant (or massive, take your pick) statue of some guy named Jesus – standing only 38 meters tall, atop the Corcovado mountain overlooking Rio de Janeiro.
4. Machu Picchu in Peru. This is an Ancient Inca City built by the Incan Emperor Pachacútec halfway up the Andes Plateau, and deep in the Amazon jungle.
5. Pyramid at Chichén Itzá in Mexico. This is the most famous Mayan temple city which served as the political and economic center of the Mayan civilization.
6. The Roman Colosseum in Italy. This great amphitheater in the centre of Rome celebrated the glory of the Roman Empire.
7. The Taj Mahal in India. You may not know that the Taj Mahal is actually a giant mausoleum, built by the fifth Muslim Mogul emperor, to honor the memory of his beloved late wife.
So here are the previous (or original) seven wonders of the world:
1. Great Pyramid of Giza in Egypt. The great pyramid was built as the tomb of Fourth dynasty Egyptian pharaoh Khufu, and while not aging well, is still standing.
2. The Hanging Gardens of Babylon. This multi-levelled garden which reached 75 feet high was destroyed by an earthquake.
3. Temple of Artemis at Ephesus. It took only 120 years to build this temple dedicated to the Greek goddess Artemis, but has since been destroyed by arson.
4. The statue of Zeus at Olympia Greece. This 40 feet tall statue was destroyed either by fire or by earthquake.
5. Mausoleum of Maussollos at Halicarnassus. This Mausoleum stood a mere 135 feet tall, but was dismantled by European Crusaders
6. Colossus of Rhodes. This giant statue of the Greek god Helios was destroyed by an earthquake.
7. Lighthouse of Alexandria which stood around 400 feet tall, and the tallest man-made structure on earth for many centuries was destroyed by an earthquake.
So there you go. There was a need for new wonders of the world because the old ones are gone.
Wondering aloud if Andre the Giant is the old 8th wonder of the world, when who or what is the unofficial 8th wonder of the modern world?!?