7 new wonders

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There are seven wonders of the ancient world. 1. Pyramids of Egypt 2. Pharos of Alexandria | 3. Hanging Gardens of Babylon 4.The Temple of Artemis 5. Statue of Zeus 6. Mausoleum at Halicarnassus 7.The Colossus of Rhodes

The problem is only one of these is presently still gracing us with its wonder. The rest were demoted to the less than wonderful category of nonexistence.

Well, there are some folks who would like to make a new list of seven. Seven Still Existing Wonders of the World, or some such title. The nice thing is that instead of a secret cabal of elite wondermakers, they are inviting the people of the world to select which objects of human construction are the most wonder filled.

Apparently, however, there is still a bureaucracy of wonder as we have been given a narrowed list of 21 sites to wonder choose.

I just voted.

You have just become part of history in the making of the New7Wonders of the World

You have voted for these candidates

Christ Redeemer

Great Wall

Hagia Sophia

Kiyomizu Temple

Pyramids of Giza

Statue of Liberty


My criteria was simple. Which wonders did I find particularly interesting and filled me with a curious wonder. This might mean I was struck by the meaning, the history, or the architectural genius, or any mix of the three. Complexity or size wasn’t a factor. For instance I think the Taj Mahal is much more grand and complex than the Christ Redeemer statue above Rio. Only I think an absurdly rich guy building a fancy tomb for his wife much less wonder compelling than a Jesus with open arms above a rather morally complex city. The former was a lot of money being thrown out. The latter is a deliciously pyschological and cultural puzzle, which has many varied meanings and symbolism wrapped up in an otherwise simple statue.

I’ve wondered about that statue. So, it’s one of my wonders. I’ve wondered about the rest as well, and find them, in different ways, wonderful.

Have a go at voting for your own choice of world wonders.

2 Responses to “7 new wonders”

  1. sonja Says:

    Hey … I forgot to say, thanks for this. I went and voted. Now, what did I vote for?

    I think it was these:

    Hagia Sophia
    The Alhambra
    Easter Island Statues
    Stone Henge
    Machu Picchu

  2. Patrick Says:

    Great choices!

    The Easter Island statues and Petra were on my short list.