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New7Wonders of the World


New7Wonders of the World (2000–2007) was an initiative started in 2000 to choose Wonders of the World from a selection of 200 existing monuments. The popularity poll was led by Canadian-Swiss Bernard Weber and organized by the New7Wonders Foundation based in Zurich, Switzerland, with winners announced on 7 July 2007 in Lisbon.

The New7Wonders Foundation claimed that more than 100 million votes were cast through the Internet or by telephone. Voting via the Internet was limited to one vote for seven monuments per person/identity, but multiple voting was possible through telephone. Hence the poll was considered unscientific. According to John Zogby, founder and current President/CEO of the Utica, New York-based polling organization Zogby International, New7Wonders Foundation drove "the largest poll on record". After supporting the New7Wonders Foundation at the beginning of the campaign by providing advice on nominee selection, the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), by its bylaws having to record all and give equal status to world heritage sites, distanced itself from the undertaking in 2001 and again in 2007.

The New7Wonders Foundation, established in 2001, relied on private donations and the sale of broadcast rights and received no public funding or taxpayers' money. After the final announcement, New7Wonders said it didn't earn anything from the exercise and barely recovered its investment.

Although N7W describes itself as a not-for-profit organization, the company behind it—the New Open World Corporation (NOWC)—is a commercial business. All licensing and sponsorship money is paid to NOWC.

The foundation has run two subsequent programs: New7Wonders of Nature, the subject of voting until 2011, and New7WondersCities, which wound up in 2014.

The Great Pyramid of Giza, largest and oldest of the three pyramids at the Giza Necropolis in Egypt and the only surviving (and oldest) of the original Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, was granted honorary status.

In 2007 the New7Wonders Foundation contracted a partnership with the United Nations in recognition of the efforts to promote the UN's Millennium Development Goals". The UN posted on its website:


Wonder Location Image Year
Great Pyramid of Giza
(honorary status)
Giza Necropolis, Egypt Pyramide Kheops 2560 BCE
Great Wall of China China The Great Wall of China (Mutianyﺁ section) 700 BCE
Petra Jordan The end of the Siq, with its dramatic view of Al Khazneh ("The Treasury") 312 BCE
The Colosseum Rome, Italy The Colosseum at dusk: exterior view of the best-preserved section 80 CE
Chichen Itza Yucatán, Mexico El Castillo being climbed by tourists 600 CE
Machu Picchu Cuzco Region, Peru Machu Picchu in Peru 1450 CE
Taj Mahal Agra, Uttar Pradesh, India Taj 1643 CE
Christ the Redeemer Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro 1931 CE
Wonder Location Image Year
Acropolis of Athens Athens, Greece Acropolis of Athens 01361.JPG 447 BCE
Alhambra Granada, Spain Patio de los Arrayanes Alhambra 03 2014.jpg 1333
Angkor Wat Angkor, Cambodia AngkorWat 20061209.JPG 1113
Eiffel Tower Paris, France Tour eiffel at sunrise from the trocadero.jpg 1887
Hagia Sophia İstanbul, Turkey Aya sofya.jpg 537
Kiyomizu-dera Kyoto, Japan Kiyomizu-dera beams1.JPG 1633
Moai Easter Island, Chile Ahu-Akivi-1.JPG 1250
Neuschwanstein Füssen, Germany Neuschwanstein castle.jpg 1869
Red Square Moscow, Russia Kremlin 27.06.2008 03.jpg 1561
Statue of Liberty New York City, United States Statue-de-la-liberte-new-york.jpg 1886
Stonehenge Amesbury, United Kingdom Stonehenge Total.jpg 2400 BCE
Sydney Opera House Sydney, Australia Sydneyoperahouse.JPG 1959
Timbuktu Timbuktu, Mali Timbuktu Mosque Sankore.jpg 1327

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