Great news in travel – the voting has been completed to establish the “new” Seven Wonders of the World. A Swiss multi-millionaire initiated the process several years ago, first obtaining nominations from around the globe, via internet or telephone, then narrowing the choices to the top 20 with an initial vote, and finally tallying about 100 million votes to decide on the final 7.
And the winners are (in alphabetical order):
CHICHEN ITZA (EL CASTILLO), MEXICO
COLOSSEUM, ROME, ITALY
CRISTO REDENTOR (CHRIST THE REDEEMER) STATUE, RIO DE JANIERO, BRAZIL
GREAT WALL OF CHINA
MACCHU PICCHU, PERU
TAJ MAHAL, AGRA, INDIA
Note that the GREAT PYRAMIDS AT GIZA, EGYPT, which were one of the original seven wonders, have been grandfathered in and remain one of the wonders of the world, so that there are really eight.
The remainder of the top 20 are considered finalists and are duly noted below:
ACROPOLIS, ATHENS, GREECE
ALHAMBRA, GRANADA, SPAIN
ANGKOR, SIEM REAP, CAMBODIA
EASTER ISLAND MOAI STATUES
EIFFEL TOWER, PARIS, FRANCE
HAGIA SOPHIA, ISTANBUL, TURKEY
KIYOMIZU TEMPLE, KYOTO, JAPAN
NEUSCHWANSTEIN CASTLE, BAVARIA, GERMANY
STATUE OF LIBERTY, NEW YORK, NEW YORK, USA
STONEHENGE, SALISBURY PLAIN, ENGLAND
OPERA HOUSE, SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA
Get more information about the worldwide effort using the link on my website (below) or go to
The next step will be to establish the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. This process has just begun — those interested can nominate their favorite natural wonders on the website. Later, these will also be narrowed down to 20 before the final vote takes place. Get involved if you want to be heard.
See my Photo Album, entitled “New Seven Wonders of the Modern World” plus finalists.