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Modern Seven Wonders of the World

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.

Taj Mahal

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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

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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.

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K Kristie

Mar 6th, 2009

Wonderful info with equally wonderful pics presented.

wonderful article! I read everything with a smile! Thanks for this!

Dee Gold

Mar 6th, 2009

glad I saw this article

Rana Sinha

Mar 6th, 2009

Pretty good list.
But surprisingly all the buildings are old, there’s nothing modern here. I’d put Angkor Wat in place of the O Cristo Redentor among the old stuff.

Ruby Hawk

Mar 6th, 2009

My favorite is the “old mountain” in the Andes. It is so lonely, isolated, and beautiful.

Jo Oliver

Mar 7th, 2009

What a great look at these wonders. Thank you for the info about each place. The Great Wall of China is so astounding to me.

Patricia from Boston

Mar 7th, 2009

Well, the way the voting was done is a bit of a joke. I have been to all the “modern wonders” plus even more wondrous places. I agree with #4 poster Rana that the Christ statue in Rio is absurd. What exactly is “wondrous” about a mid 20th century statue with city views? Angkor Wat should have been way up on the list, but Cambodians lack phones and Internet and many of them were murdered by the Khmer Rouge and can’t vote, unlike the millions of Brazilians being bombarded by the Rio tourism advertising campaign. Also, has anyone realize that Petra was built somewhere around 10 BC, only about 200 years after the Lighthouse of Alexandria–one of the wonders of the ANCIENT world. Shouldn’t Petra (a place I love and everyone should visit) be one of the wonders of the Ancient world–which in my humble opinion would have far greater stature–that which it deserves.

Anyway, nice post Joe. I just wish there were a place where you could contest the “winners” and suggest a replacement :-)

Joe Dorish

Mar 7th, 2009

Thanks for the comments Patricia! Of these seven Wonders I’ve only been to Corcovado so I did not vote but I have friends who have been to all these places and like you they were surprised by some of the final results. Something like 14 million votes were cast for Petra which is almost double the population of Jordan I believe.

Angkor Wat was one of the 13 finalists that did not make the final list. It is in my next article on all the runner-ups. “Modern” is a relative word to whoever ran this competition I guess :) 100 million votes is the largest poll ever conducted and I believe the guy who ran this focused on getting as many people to vote regardless.

nobert soloria bermosa

Mar 8th, 2009


Daisy Peasblossom

Apr 7th, 2009

The statue was a bit odd. I was not even aware a recent poll had been taken. Nice article. I’ve never been to any of these places, so I welcome the chance to “armchair travel”.


Aug 31st, 2009

this helps a lot for 6th grade Social Studies home work glad I ran in to it. But I was looking for something from Englad, the big stones that are in a circle.


Oct 14th, 2009

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Oct 14th, 2009

I agree with meh

mr anderson

Nov 4th, 2009

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john rey

Jan 3rd, 2010

its not the seven modern wonders of the world; its ancient……..lol


Jan 9th, 2010

very wonderful

shani anvar

Feb 28th, 2010

very useful!!!!!!!!


Sep 26th, 2010

very nice.

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