new Seven Wonders of the World have been selected after a global poll. The
winners were announced Saturday. Sabina Castelfranco reports from Rome.
About 100 million votes were cast by the Internet and cell-phone text
messages to choose the new Seven Wonders of the World.
Academy Award-winning British actor Ben Kingsley announced the winners at a
glitzy international show at Portugal's largest venue, the Estadio da Luz in
"The Colosseum in Rome," he said.
The only site in Europe selected was the Colosseum. The others were: The
Great Wall of China, India's Taj Mahal, Jordan's ancient city of Petra, the
Incan ruins of Machu Picchu in Peru, Brazil's Statue of Christ Redeemer, and
Mexico's Chichen Itza pyramid.
The seven winners beat out 14 other nominated landmarks, including the Eiffel
Tower in Paris, Easter Island in the Pacific, the Statue of Liberty in New York
City, the Acropolis in Athens, Russia's Kremlin and Australia's Sydney Opera
Thousands enjoyed the show in Lisbon, which included break-dancing and
singing by tenor Jose Carreras and pop star Jennifer Lopez. Others celebrated in
the countries home to the sites chosen.
In India, this young man said he was proud he was born in the city of the Taj
Mahal. He said he was proud it was selected as one of the Seven Wonders of the
In Mexico, Yucatan State Governor Yvonne Ortega celebrated the selection of
the Chichen Itza pyramid.
Ortega said, "the Mayans brought luck to us, the people from Yucatan, but now
we must take advantage of this with a great economic development for the
The campaign to name the new wonders was launched in 1999 with almost 200
nominations coming in from around the world. The list of candidates was narrowed
to 21 by the start of 2006. Organizers also went on a world tour, visiting each
The original list of wonders were concentrated in the Mediterranean and
Middle East. The only surviving structures from the original seven wonders of
the ancient world are The Great Pyramids of Giza.
The New 7 Wonders organization was established by Swiss-Canadian adventurer
Bernard Weber. It aims to promote cultural diversity by supporting, preserving
and restoring monuments. It relies on private donations and revenue from selling