July 10, 2007 After a global poll attracting 100 million votes online and via mobile phone, the new seven wonders of the world have been unveiled. The monuments making the final cut were Chichén Itzá in Mexico, Christ Redeemer in Brazil, The Great Wall of China, Peru's Machu Picchu, Jordan's Petra, The Roman Colloseum in Italy and The Taj Mahal in India. Surprise omissions from the shortlist of 21 sites included The Acropolis, Easter Island Statues and Stonehenge, which were all among the top contenders when Gizmag last checked the odds back in May.
The announcement was made last weekend during a television broadcast from Portugal's Stadium of Light that reached an estimated 1.6 billion viewers from more than 170 countries.
Designed to highlight humanity’s crowning achievements, half of the profits from the campaign organized by a private Swiss foundation called New7Wonders are to be donated to monument preservation and restoration.
The process involved the short-listing of 21 sites from a pool of 77 by a jury of renowned architects and ex-UNESCO chief Federico Mayor followed by what is perhaps the largest global poll in history.