Most of us are familiar with the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, but what are the New 7 Wonders of the World? They are actually older than the ancient ones and are determined by popular vote. A Swiss foundation initiated the process in 2007 by announcing a competition for people to choose the world’s greatest sites. Over 90 million people cast their vote in the contest, with the final list revealing the Pyramids of Giza as the only wonder still standing.
There have been many lists of the seven wonders of the ancient world. One of the most famous lists, the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, was made over 2000 years ago by Hellenic travelers. Today, most of the seven wonders have been destroyed, but a few remain, including the Great Pyramid of Giza. The New7Wonders Foundation has been working on a list of the modern wonders, and the votes are based on the public’s favorites. In the end, a shortlist of the world’s seven wonders has been created, with the Pyramids of Giza listed as honorary candidate but not included as a true world wonder.
The concept of the seven ancient wonders has inspired humankind for many centuries. Although many of these structures were destroyed by human hands, the Great Pyramid of Giza is one of the oldest still standing. Other ancient wonders, such as the Temple of Artemis, were deliberately destroyed by a mob led by the Christian bishop St. John Chrysostom. Other examples of ancient wonders include the Statue of Zeus, Hanging Gardens, and Lighthouse of Alexandria. All of these structures, as well as the Mausoleum of Maussollos, are now in the British Museum in London.
The Taj Mahal is among the most popular UNESCO sites. The Taj Mahal is a masterpiece of architecture that attracts between seven and eight million visitors each year. Another UNESCO site in India is Qutub Minar. The Great Pyramid of Giza, the only ancient wonder still standing, was added as an honorary candidate to the list of New World Wonders. The list is intended to reflect the world’s rich heritage.