The New Seven Wonders

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It turns out that the folks at ABC are not the only ones looking to update the Seven Wonders of the World. A group based in Switzerland has been working since 2001 to come up with a fresh list. The New 7 Wonders Foundation was created by adventurer Bernard Weber with the aim to protect human artifacts across the globe. The project has captured imaginations, with more than 20 million votes already logged as the project enters its final phase. The organizers say it’s the world’s largest global voting campaign ever.

Weber asked for nominations from around the world, and the original 200 were put up for a vote. An expert panel then looked over the top 77 vote-getters, and whittled the pool down to 21. Now the Foundation is in the midst of a world tour to visit each of the sites, and you can go to the project’s Web site and vote for the final 7, to be announced next July.

The original Seven Wonders of the Ancient World were all man-made monuments, selected by Philon of Byzantium in 200 B.C. His selection was essentially a travel guide for fellow Athenians, and the sites were all located around the Mediterranean basin, the then-known world. The monuments he chose were:

The Lighthouse of Alexandria
The Temple of Artemis
The Statue of Zeus
The Colossus of Rhodes
The Hanging Gardens of Babylon
The Mausoleum of Halicarnassus
The Pyramids of Egypt

All were built between 2,500 B.C. and 200 B.C. Today, only the Pyramids at Giza remain. The new wonders will be the people’s choices and they will be drawn from the earliest time that humans walked upon the earth up through the year 2000. Fifty percent of all net revenue raised by the New 7 Wonders Project is to be used to fund restoration efforts worldwide.

More info:
The top 77 wonders
The 21 finalists
Register your vote online.