Seven Ancient Wonders of the World pictures
The 105-foot-tall (38-meter-tall) "Christ the Redeemer" statue in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, was on the list of "new seven miracles around the globe" launched July 7 after a global poll to determine a new variety of human-made marvels.
The winners were voted for by Web and phone, United states Idol style. One other six brand new wonders are the Colosseum in Rome, India's Taj Mahal, the fantastic Wall of China, Jordan's old city of Petra, the Inca ruins of Machu Picchu in Peru, and also the ancient Maya town of Chichén Itzá in Mexico.
The competition was organized because of the New7Wonders Foundation—the creation of Swiss filmmaker and museum curator Bernard Weber—in order to "protect humankind's heritage throughout the world." The foundation says the poll drawn virtually one hundred million votes.
Yet the competition features proved questionable, attracting critique through the us' cultural business UNESCO, which administers the World Heritage web sites program (images of latest World Heritage websites).
"This initiative are unable to, in virtually any significant and lasting fashion, contribute to the preservation of websites elected by [the] general public, " UNESCO said in a declaration.