Vote For The New Seven Wonders Of The World

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1. Acropolis, Greece: A million people come here each year to see the marble temples and statues of Greek gods and goddesses dating from the fifth century BC.

2. Alhambra, Spain: The palace and citadel, perched above Granada, was the residence of the Moorish caliphs who governed southern Spain in splendour until 1492.

3. Angkor, Cambodia: The archaeological site in Siem Reap was the capital of the Khmer empire from the ninth to 15th centuries. The 12th-century ruins include Angkor Wat.

4. Colosseum, Italy: The 50,000-seat amphitheatre in Rome was inaugurated in AD80.

5. Easter Island, Chile: Hundreds of massive stone busts are all that remains from the prehistoric Rapanui culture that crafted them between 400 and 1,000 years ago.

6. Eiffel Tower, France: The 2951/2m tower built in 1889 symbolises Paris. It is made almost entirely of open-lattice wrought iron and was erected in only two years.

7. Great Wall of China: The 6,693km barricade running from east to west is the world’s longest man-made structure.

8. Hagia Sophia, Turkey: The soaring cathedral, also called the Church of Holy Wisdom, was built in 537BC at Constantinople, today’s Istanbul.

9. Kiyomizu Temple, Japan: Kyoto’s Clear Water Temple was founded by a Buddhist sect in 798 and rebuilt in 1633 after a fire.

10. Kremlin and St Basil’s Cathedral, Russia: Moscow’s Kremlin is a medieval fortress converted into the centre of Russian government.

11. Machu Picchu, Peru: Built by the Incan Empire in the 15th century, Machu Picchu’s walls, palaces, temples and dwellings are perched at 2,400m above sea level.

12. Neuschwanstein Castle, Germany: The inspiration for the Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland, Neuschwanstein is a creation of ‘Mad King’ Ludwig II of Bavaria, who had it built in the 19th century.

13. Petra, Jordan: This ancient city in south-western Jordan, built on a terrace around the Valley of Moses, was the capital of the Arab kingdom of the Nabateans.

14. Pyramid at Chichen Itza, Mexico: This step pyramid surmounted by a temple was part of a sacred site in an important Mayan centre on Mexico’s Yucatan peninsula.

15. Pyramids of Giza, Egypt: The only surviving structures of the original seven wonders, the three pyramids were built as tombs for pharaohs 4,500 years ago.

16. Statue of Liberty, US: The 911/2m statue in New York Harbour has welcomed immigrants and symbolised freedom since 1886.

17. Stonehenge, Britain: How and why this circular monument of massive rocks was created between 3,000BC and 1,600BC remains unknown.

18. Sydney Opera House, Australia: Situated on Bennelong Point reaching into Sydney’s harbour, the opera house was designed by Danish architect Jorn Utzon and opened in 1973 by Queen Elizabeth II.

19. Taj Mahal, India: The white marble-domed mausoleum in Agra was built by a 17th-century Mogul emperor for his favourite wife, who died in childbirth.

20. Timbuktu, Mali: Founded about AD1100, Timbuktu was a flourishing caravan centre in the Arabic world and a leading spiritual and intellectual centre.

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