In school, we all learned about the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Six of these have long since vanished, the only one still remaining being the Pyramids of Giza in Egypt. Then again, since the known world at the time only comprised Greece and the Middle East, these wonders can hardly be said to be a fair choice. Such ancient wonders as Stonehenge ( Amesbury, UK ) and Petra ( Jordan) were not known to the compilers of the list.
A new poll is being conducted to name the Seven Wonders of the World and the results will be announced on July 7th, 2007 ( 7/7/07, get it?). A list of 21 candidates has been selected and they are as follows
Great Wall of China
Pyramids of Giza
Statue of Liberty
Sydney Opera House
You can get more information about them and cast your vote by going to the following site
It is a tough choice. Most of us have not seen more than a few of them and our knowledge is limited to pictures or b0oks which don’t convey the full grandeur of the scene. I myself have seen only seven of them in person. Besides , the criteria that one uses to make one’s choice are purely subjective. Does one take into account Antiquity or Beauty or Size and Difficulty of Constuction? What about Historical Importance? And , if it is all of these things, what weight does one assign to each of these criteria ?
In my own case, I would eliminate The Sydney Opera House, the Statue of Christ the Redeemer, the Statue of Liberty, Neuschwanstein Castle and the Eiffel Tower because they had the advantage of modern technology when they were built and their beauty/size/ appeal does not counterweigh this advantage. I would not consider Chichen Itza or Macchu Pichu or Stonehenge because they are less impressive than the Pyramids of Egypt. And I don’t know enough about the Easter Island Statues or Timbuktu or Angkor Wat to vote for them.
Of the remaining, my choice , in no particular order, would be
The Pyramids at Giza The Great Wall of China Petra( Jordan) The Acropolis ( Athens, Greece) The Colosseum( Rome, Italy) Taj Mahal( India)and The Alhambra ( Spain)
It occurs to me that I have seen 4 of these 7 with my own eyes which points up the fact sights experienced in person are so much more impressive than when seen in a book or a slide. These are my choices. What are yours? Be sure to vote before July; make your vote count.