The Statue of Zeus at Olympia
The Temple of Artemis at Ephesus
The Mausoleum of Halicarnassus
The Colossus of Rhodes
The Pharoh lighthouse off Alexandria.
Only the Pyramids survive today. Now there is a global effort to name the Seven Wonders of the present-day at the New 7 Wonders website. However, if you wish to nominate your dream wonders for consideration, you are out of luck, or rather too late, for the list has been pared down to the final 21 as displayed on the site.
On the other hand, you still have a say as to what the final Magnificent Seven would be, by popular vote. And everyone has a right to exercise his/her voting right in this only trans-boundary democratic election. The result will be announced on, when else, the only triple sevens of this millennium: 7.7.2007.
So browse through the individual description of each of the 21 candidates already prepared for you, complete with a brief history, its significance, and a two-word symbolism, and take your pick. Better still, visit the sites to gain a first-hand account if you have the wherewithal in order to make an informed decision.
Here I’ve taken the liberty to list, in alphabetical order (as is done at the site), the 21 candidate sites, just to whet your appetite:
- The Acropolis of Athens (450 - 330 B.C.), Athens, Greece (Civilization and Democracy)
- Alhambra (12th century) Granada, Spain (Dignity and Dialog)
- Angkor (12th century) Cambodia (Beauty and Sanctity)
- The Pyramid at Chichén Itzá (before 800 A.D.) Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico (Worship and Knowledge)
- Christ Redeemer (1931) Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (Welcoming and Openness)
- The Roman Colosseum (70 - 82 A.D.) Rome, Italy (Joy and Suffering)
- Statues of Easter Island (10th - 16th Century) Easter Island, Chile (Mystery and Awe)
- The Eiffel Tower (1887 - 89) Paris, France (Challenge and Progress)
- The Great Wall of China (220 B.C and 1368 - 1644 A.D.) China (Perseverance and Persistence)
- The Hagia Sophia (532 - 537 A.D.) Istanbul, Turkey (Faith and Respect)
- The Kiyomizu Temple (749 - 1855) Kyoto, Japan (Clarity and Serenity)
- he Kremlin and Red Square (1156 - 1850) Moscow, Russia (Fortitude and Symbolism)
- Machu Picchu (1460-1470), Peru (Community and Dedication)
- Neuschwanstein Castle (1869 -1884) Schwangau, Germany (Fantasy and Imagination)
- Petra (9 B.C. - 40 A.D.), Jordan (Engineering and Protection)
- The Pyramids of Giza (2600 - 2500 B.C), Egypt (Immortality and Eternity)
- The Statue of Liberty (1886) New York City, U.S.A. (Generosity and Hope)
- Stonehenge (3000 B.C. - 1600 B.C.) Amesbury, United Kingdom (Intrigue and Endurance)
- Sydney Opera House (1954 - 73) Sydney, Australia (Abstraction and Creativity)
- The Taj Mahal (1630 A.D.) Agra, India (Love and Passion)
- Timbuktu (12th century) Mali (Intellect and Mysticism)
At a glance, you will note that each of the five inhabited continents is represented, from the oldest (3000 B.C. – 1600 B.C.) to the youngest (1954 – 73). Some have religious connotations, one of which is a Buddhist Temple (the Kiyomizu Temple, or the Clear Water Temple).
At the risk of being seen as biased, I think the Kiyomizu Temple will be one of my choices. And its two-word symbolism is most appropriate indeed, both clarity and serenity being the necessary ingredients for enlightenment on the path to Buddhahood.
The remaining six will be picked on the basis of at least one from each continent as in my book, no continent/country has monopoly over earthly wonders. But that's me. The important thing is to exercise your voting right as every vote counts. So, let your finger do the walking but your head to do the voting.
And that is my pleasantly surprising find of the day.