the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World list. The worldwide popularity poll was organized by the private, non-profit New Open World Corporation (NOWC), with winners announced on July 7,2007 inLisbon,Portugal.
TheSwiss-based NOWC claims more than 100 million votes were cast through the
Internet or by telephone. Since nothing prevented fans, government or tourism agencies
from casting multiple votes, the poll is considered "decidedly unscientific".
The program drew a wide range of official reaction. Some countries touted their finalist
and tried to get more votes cast for it, while others downplayed or criticized the
contest.UNESCO has distanced itself from the undertaking.
2001 when Mr. Weber paid $700 for a site based in Canada. To be included on the new
list, the wonders had to be man made, completed before 2000, and in an "acceptable"
state of preservation. By November 24,2005, 177monumen ts were up for consideration.
On January 1,2006, the NOWC said the list had been narrowed to 21 sites, later
reduced to 20 following complaints from Egypt over the Pyramids' inclusion as a
candidate in competition with others.
The project assigned what it called "attributes" to each finalist, such as "perserverence" for the Great Wall of China, "passion" for the Taj Mahal, and "awe" for the Easter Island statues.
Organisers stated that their aim was to use part of the revenue from the contest between
the well-known monuments, from future votes, related merchandise, and use of the voters
database, to set up, or contribute to, various restoration projects in the world[ 11].
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