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New Seven Wonders of the World
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For the list by USA Today/Good Morning America, see New Seven Wonders. For
other uses see Wonders of the World (disambiguation)
Location of the New Seven Wonders winners.
New Seven Wonders of the World is a contemporary attempt to create an alternative to

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.[1]

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".[2]

NOWC relied on private donations, the sale of merchandise such as shirts and cups, and
revenue from selling broadcasting rights.

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.[2][1]UNESCO has distanced itself from the undertaking.[3]

1 History
2 Winners
3 Reactions
3.2 Egypt
3.3 Brazil
3.4 Chile
3.5 Jordan
3.6 India
4 Other finalists
5 References
6 External links
[edit] History
The origin of the idea of "seven wonders of the world" dates back toHerodotus (484 BC
\u2013 425 BC) andCall imachus (305 BC \u2013 240 BC), who made lists which included the
Great Pyramid of Giza, Hanging Gardens of Babylon, Statue of Zeus at Olympia, Temple
of Artemisat Ephesus, Mausoleum of Maussollosat Halicarnassus, Colossus of Rhodes
and Lighthouse of Alexandria. Only the Great Pyramid of Giza is still standing. The other
six were destroyed by earthquake, fire or other reasons.[4]
The finalist candidates for the New Seven Wonders.
According to the NOWC milestones page,[5], Swiss-originatedQu\u00e9beco is businessman
Bernard Weber launched the project in September 1999. The project's web site started in

2001 when Mr. Weber paid $700 for a site based in Canada.[1] 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,[6] 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.

A midpoint tally reported a top 10 list which included all 7 winners, plus the Acropolis,
Easter Island, and the Eiffel Tower.[7]
Federico Mayor, a former UNESCO Director General, was the president of project's
expert panel as an individual.[8] NOWC is not connected withUNESCO.[9]

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[10], to set up, or contribute to, various restoration projects in the world[ 11].[12][2]

After the final announcement, however, NOWC said it didn\u2019t earn anything from the
exercise and barely recovered its investments.[1][11]
[edit] Winners
In alphabetical order:
Chichen Itza
Yucat\u00e1n, Mexico
Christ the Redeemer
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Rome, Italy
Great Wall of China
Machu Picchu
Cuzco, Per\u00fa
Taj Mahal
Agra, India

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