By Ilona Kauremszky

Q: I’ve been reading your column and see you have written about the New Seven Wonders competition. Could you please publish the findings when you find out? I posted my vote as you suggested and am curious to see how well I did. Thanks a bunch.

A: In this latest global poll of the Seven World Wonders, the long anticipated findings were released last Saturday. Incidentally among them the Great Pyramid of Giza retains its official status, making the number eight not seven wonders. The new competitors were drawn from around the world and include some of the most important tourism icons, including several which have significant visitor numbers or delicately balanced ecosystems.

The newest Seven Wonders are: Chichén Itzá in Mexico; Christ Redeemer in Brazil; The Great Wall of China; Machu Picchu in Peru; Petra in Jordan; The Roman Coliseum in Italy; and The Taj Mahal in India.

On a historic note, the original list of Wonders was concentrated in the Mediterranean region. Six of them no longer exist. The Ancient Seven Wonders List was penned back in the times of Herodotus. The historian along with the scholar Callimachus of Cyrene at the Museum of Alexandria made early lists of "seven wonders." Tragically, their writings have not survived except as references.

Years later around 140 B.C., the list of seven wonders appeared in a poem compiled by Antipater of Sidon. The Ancient Wonders were the statue of Zeus at Olympus; The Great Pyramid of Giza; Hanging Gardens of Babylon; Temple of Artemis at Ephesus; Colossus of Rhodes; Lighthouse of Alexandria; and the Mausoleum of Maussollos at Halicarnassus.


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