The original Seven Wonders of the World were man made structures that were stunningly beautiful, amazingly astonishing, and simply wonderful! Even today we wonder how in the world did people then resurrected such landmarks that may still not be convincingly explainable by modern day science? Unfortunately though the only original Seven Wonders of the World that exists today is Great Pyramid of Giza in Egypt. Of the six others, Hanging Gardens of Babylon, Statue of Zeus at Olympia, Colossus of Rhodes, and Lighthouse of Alexandria were destroyed by earthquakes and Temple of Artemis at Ephesus and Mausoleum of Maussollos at Halicarnassus were demolished by men.
While the original Seven Wonders of the World are history now, NOWC, a Swiss corporation has attempted to name seven hallmark construction by men as the “New Seven Wonders of the World.” These new wonders were decided based on the voting over the Internet. While, the Taj Mahal (India), Roman Colosseum (Italy), Petra (Jordan), Machu Picchu (Peru), and The Great Wall (China) were my favorites, two others pretty impressive new wonders are Chichen Itza (Mexico) and Christ the Redeemer (Brazil). I was surprised to see that the only remaining original Wonder and incredibly impressive landmark, the Great Pyramid of Giza was not voted one of the wonders.
I guess the trend to select the wonders is to look for macroness. The original Wonders included huge statues and landmarks and the new wonders do the same. I bet if one is seriuosly looking for wonders, they should also look at microness, the art of including many many engravings in a small piece of material. That is equally hard, if not harder than erecting mammoth statues. If microness were respected by the wonder selectors, may be the Fifty Five Window Palace or The Nyatapola temple of Bhaktapur would also be called wonders. I msut admit though that they are only a few centuries old while the newly selected wonders are much much older.
Listen to the July 19, 2007 NPR’s Forum discussion on New Seven Wonders of World