China's Great Wall a top 'wonder'

July 7, 2007 at 8:08 PM
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LISBON, Portugal, July 7 (UPI) -- The Great Wall of China topped the new "Seven Wonders of the World" in voting by 100 million people worldwide, it was announced in Portugal.

Joining the Great Wall on the list announced in Lisbon Sunday were the Petra in Jordan; Christ the Redeemer statue in Brazil; Machu Picchu in Peru; Chichen Itza pyramid in Mexico; the Colosseum in Rome and the Taj Mahal in India; the Web site said.

The new "Seven Wonders" stand with the last of the original list of the seven most fantastic man-made structures still standing -- the Great Pyramids of Giza in Egypt, which were exempt from the competition. The other original wonders selected by Philon of Byzantium in 200 B.C. were the Lighthouse of Alexandria; the Temple of Artemis; the Statue of Zeus; the Colossus of Rhodes; the Hanging Gardens of Babylon; and the Mausoleum of Halicarnassus.

Actor Ben Kingsley, host of the grand ceremony, called the structures "seven symbols of unity that reflect and celebrate the cultural diversity of the world."

Among the losing contenders were the Acropolis of Greece; Easter Island of Chile; the Eiffel Tower in Paris; the Statue of Liberty in New York and Stonehenge in Britain.

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