The only remaining wonder is the pyramids of Giza.  The time has come to vote for some new wonders.

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MOVE over, Hanging Gardens of Babylon, the Mausoleum at Halicarnasus and the Colossus of Rhodes.

You will soon officially be off the list of wonders of the world.

With the Pyramids of Giza the only survivor of the original Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, there is a world-wide move afoot to replace the others – now all lost to history – with six new ones.

In fact, depending on public opinion, even the pyramids might not make the new cut.

The earlier marvels inspired by religion, mythology and art were constructed from between 2700BC and about 270BC and were believed to have been instigated by the ancient Romans and Greeks as a type of early travel guide.

"The renowned ancient wonders belong to antiquity," says Swiss-born author, aviator and film producer Bernard Weber, who mooted the New Seven Wonders idea in 2000.

"There has never been any true public consensus of opinion on the last 2000 years of human achievement.

"The beginning of the new millennium is a poignant historical moment for determining the new Seven Wonders of the World."

Hence the New7Wonders Foundation (N7W) was established in 2001 with its mission "to protect humankind’s heritage across the globe".

From an initial 77 nominees, the list has been pared down to 21.

So far 19 million people around the world have been casting their votes either on-location at the various contending sites, or online by visiting http://www.new7wonders.com

High on the list is the Great Wall of China, which was built to keep invading Mongols out of China.

Helen Wong of Helen Wong’s Tours, who has been taking visitors to the Great Wall since 1975, says: "The Great Wall to me is far more than just a landmark.

"This magnificent labour-intensive construction was built as a major defence system and has been the largest and most impressive use of materials and manpower in history.

"It’s been voted the ‘No 1 must-see’ attraction for the tens of thousands of visitors I have sent to China."

Mark Haynes, regional marketing manager for VisitBritain Australasia insists that the stone monument of Stonehenge should make the list.

He argues: "Stonehenge is a world-famous prehistoric monument and highlights Britain’s incredible wealth of heritage and historical mystery.

"It was built over 5000 years ago as a ceremonial centre and with some of the stone lintels weighing over 50 tonnes and carried from the Preseli Mountains in Wales, it is indeed a work of construction to be marvelled at."

Richard Leonard, of South American specialists Tucan Travel, has visited Machu Picchu, the Lost City of the Incas, 15 times.

He feels what makes this mountain-top complex so special is "the sense of absolute tranquillity and connection to what the Incas termed the three levels of life – the air, land and spirit".

Traute Tuckfield, manager of the German National Tourist Office for 19 years, suggests the fairytale castle of Neuschwanstein, built by King Ludwig II in the late 1800s in the Bavarian Alps, should be included on the final list.

She says: "When Ludwig II became king at 18, he knew he could find happiness only in his dreams. This Cinderella castle is testimony to his endeavour to convert his dreams into stone."

Managing director Australasia of Abercrombie and Kent, Sujata Raman, says it’s hard to describe the Taj Mahal without drowning in cliches.

"But the Taj truly is a wonder for a few reasons: its romantic concept, its perfectly symmetrical intricate design and the fact that today, 400 years on, it is still considered a site of pilgrimage especially for the many colourfully dressed rural folk who come to marvel at this wonder in the magical morning light as the mist lifts off the river behind it."

Claudia Esteves, senior trade adviser with the Brazil Trade Bureau agrees with judges that the 38m high statue of Christ Redeemer, the symbol of Rio de Janeiro, should make the final seven since it stands for "welcoming and openness".

And closer to home, the Sydney Opera House also makes the candidate list of 21.

Leading arts figure Leo Schofield says: "It has been called the last romantic building on Earth.

"Other striking structures have emerged since it was built, bigger, taller, glitzier, but none so beautiful, so felicitously sited, so poetic, so moving."

Via: News.com

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