by Joe Dorish on 06/03/09 at 6:25 am
Do you agree these are the Modern Seven Wonders of the World?
The privately owned New7Wonders Foundation conducted a worldwide poll asking people to vote for the new or modern Seven Wonders of the World. The only restriction was that each Wonder had to be man made. The poll ended in 2007 and the winners were announced on July 7, 2007.
A few notes about the polling. Reportedly over 100 million votes were cast by phone or on the internet which makes this poll the largest ever conducted. No limits were placed to prevent multiple voting so people could vote more than once. (Much like the “voting” in American Idol. Idol would brag that more people voted for its contestants than voted in the Presidential elections but one person can vote multiple times in Idol’s vote so the claim was really bogus.) Many countries like Brazil, Jordan, India and Peru ran ad campaigns to get people to vote for their own Wonders. So how serious you want to take this list is up to you but here are the Modern Seven Wonders of the World presented in no particular order since vote totals for each individual site were not announced.
Located in Agra, India, the Taj Mahal took 21 years to complete and was finished in 1653. The Taj Mahal was built as a mausoleum for emperor Shah Jahan’s 3rd wife who died giving birth to their 14th child. It is arguably the most recognized building in the world today and is visited annually by some 4 million people.
The Great Wall of China
The Great Wall of China stretches over 4,000 miles and was built beginning in the 5th century BC and added to and maintained until the 16th century to keep China’s northern border safe from attacks. Despite erroneous reports the Great Wall cannot be seen from the moon but some 1 million plus people visit the Wall annually here on planet earth.