The New 7 Wonders

While it sounds like some sort of gimic ("Come see the all new seven wonders of the world") Bernard Weber has started a competition to find the new seven wonders of the world. For those who don't know, the old seven wonders comprised of (via Wikipedia):
































































WonderDateBuilderDestroyedCause
Great Pyramid of Giza2550 BCEgyptiansstill standingstill standing
Hanging Gardens of Babylon600 BCBabyloniansafter 1st century BCearthquake
Temple of Artemis at Ephesus550 BCLydians, Greeks356 BCfire
Statue of Zeus at Olympia435 BCGreeks5th-6th centuries ADfire
Mausoleum of Maussollos at Halicarnassus351 BCCarians, Greeksby 1494 ADearthquake
Colossus of Rhodes292-280 BCHellenistic Greece224 BCearthquake
Lighthouse of Alexandria3rd century BCHellenistic Egypt1303-1480 ADearthquake


Wikipedia does note that:

Antipater's original list replaced the Lighthouse of Alexandria with the Walls of Babylon. It wasn't until the 6th century AD that the list above was used. Of these wonders, the only one that has survived to the present day is the Great Pyramid of Giza. The existence of the Hanging Gardens has not been definitively proven.


The New Seven Wonders of the World site is trying to identify the top seven new wonders by public vote from a shortlist of 21:


  • The Acropolis

  • Hagia Sophia

  • The Kremlin/St. Basil's

  • The Colosseum

  • Neu-schwanstein Castle

  • The Eiffel Tower

  • Stonehenge

  • The Alhambra

  • The Great Wall of China

  • Kiyomizu Temple

  • The Sydney Opera House

  • Angkor

  • The Taj Mahal

  • Timbuktu

  • Petra

  • The Pyramids of Giza

  • The Statue of Christ Redeemer

  • The Easter Island Statues

  • Machu Picchu

  • Chichen Itzá

  • The Statue of Liberty



That is a tough list to pick from. Obviously I'm biased and I'd like Britain's entry of Stonehenge to win. Obviously you have to include the only survivor of the original list, the Pyramids of Egypt. On the other hand, I'm disappointed something like the Panama Canal or the Hoover Dam didn't make the list. The Great Wall of China is a must, the Hagia Sophia sounds good, I like Machu Picchu, Angkor for pure size if nothing else and I think the final spot has to go to The Acropolis for its recognition alone.

On a related note, Kottke pointed me in the direction of a video from a guy who believes he can show how Stonehenge was built, using simple techniques which would have required a much smaller workforce than is generally imagined.

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