Monday, July 9, 2007

Wondering about the new Wonders

And the results are in...over 100 million people worldwide voted recently to update the Seven Wonders of the World. The new inductees into this unique category are...

Brazil's Statue of Christ Redeemer, Peru's Machu Picchu, and Mexico's Chichen Itza pyramid were chosen alongside the Great Wall of China, Jordan's Petra, the Colosseum in Rome and India's Taj Mahal.

The pyramids of Giza retain their status as wonders of the world outside this list.

What was more notable was the absence of...Hagia Sophia mosque, Istanbul, the Kremlin and St. Basil's, Moscow, the Acropolis, Athens, Stonehenge, London. I'm outraged at the St. Basil's/Kremlin omission, but I understand it, because Russia makes visiting extremely difficult. You will pay dearly in $$$ and patience to behold what I think EVERYONE should see once in his life. But zillions of people visit Athens, Istanbul and certainly London...there's a distinctly third-world feel about the list, almost a whiff of political correctness about it, a deliberate rejection of European sites. Besides, I think the Taj Mahal is just terrible, a monument to schmaltz.

Am I the only one who perceives this, or is my Europhilia showing?


jodmeister said...

I would have definitely voted for Petra. Wow, gorgeous and how many civiliations can claim they chisled their city out of stone.

I do agree if the Coliseum in Rome was voted, then the Acropolis and Stonehenge should have been nominated.

Then again, why don't they expand the list to the 20 wonders of the world. Then, then again, they would complain about that, too.

moville said...

I agree with you, let's expand the list to 20. that would encompass more wonders, and encourage more people to get out to see them.

german said...

i think it came down to population centers and some countries need for attention. how could the monuments on easter island be left off???? i doubt a class or two of college engineers could build one much less a series of them