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New Seven Wonders of the World


The Taj Mahal, India The Great Wall of China Petra, Jordon Christ Redeemer, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Machu Picchu, Peru Chichen Itza, Mexico ... – PowerPoint PPT presentation

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Title: New Seven Wonders of the World

New Seven Wonders of the World
  • 07/07/07

Adapted from AOL Travel and the New 7 Wonders of
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The Selection
  • The selection process started in 2001, and left
    no corner of the world unsearched. In 2005, a
    committee selected 21 finalists from among the 77
    nominees of note. More than 100 million votes
    were tallied and the winners announced on July 7.
    And here are the New Seven Wonders.

And the Winners Are ...
  • The voting closed July 6 on Geneva-based
    NewOpenWorld Foundation's contest to choose the
    New Seven Wonders, as only one of the Seven
    Wonders of the Ancient World remains standing,
    Egypt's Pyramids of Giza.

The Taj Mahal, India
  • A giant, gleaming white marble construct fronted
    by a broad fountain and surrounded by gardens,
    this famous domed edifice looks like a fairy-tale
    sultan's palace. In reality, it's a mausoleum
    dating back to 1630.??A Muslim Shah built it to
    commemorate his wife's passing, its beauty
    conceived to reflect hers. It is considered to be
    both the foremost example of Mughal (Indian
    Muslim) architecture and a symbol of love.

The Great Wall of China
  • The largest monument ever constructed by human
    hands, the Great Wall spans 4,000 miles along
    what used to be the Inner Mongolian border. It
    was built to keep invading Mongols out of ancient
    China. ??Construction began in the 5th century
    B.C. At one point, it was the only man-made
    monument that could be seen from space.

Petra, Jordon
  • Antiquities scholars and archaeologists often
    debate over how far back Petra's roots reach.
    Indubitably, it was the capital of the
    Aramaic-speaking Nabataeans around the dawn of
    the Christian era.??Arguably, its roots may go
    back several hundred centuries further, to Old
    Testament times. Though deserted for millennia,
    this site is finally getting a visitor center,
    and may be open for tours soon.

Christ Redeemer, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • This statue is 125 feet tall, and its placement
    at the top of Corcovado Mountain makes it even
    more imposing. Designed in the 1920s by French
    sculptor Paul Landowski, it was built over a
    period of five years by a team of Brazilian
    experts led by Heitor da Silva Costa. It was
    inaugurated in 1931.

Machu Picchu, Peru
  • The Inca's mythical, mystical "city in the
    clouds" is in the Andes highlands, poised above
    the Urubamba Valley. It was built toward the end
    of the pre-Columbian period, probably around
    1450. It was swiftly abandoned thereafter,
    probably due to disease outbreaks. ??The city was
    never repopulated, and it remained undiscovered
    by Westerners until 1911.

Chichen Itza, Mexico
  • According to legend, Chichen Itza was the work of
    Quetzalcoatl (Feathered Serpent), a
    warrior-priest of the Toltects. During the spring
    and fall equinoxes, the sun and moon align
    perfectly for half an hour, creating the
    silhouetted shadow of a sacred snake slithering
    down the side of the pyramid.

The Roman Colosseum, Italy
  • Gladiators. Dramas. Spectacles. The ancient
    Romans truly knew how to stage live theater. The
    massive open-air amphitheater could accommodate
    tens of thousands of spectators with graduated
    in-the-round seating that allowed for
    unobstructed views of the center stage.
  • The same basic design is used for today's
    amphitheaters, though the entertainment is
    considerably less bloody.

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