Brazil’s Christ Gets a Spot and Statue of Liberty Boos Among World’s Wonders

Rio, Brazil's Christ the Redeemer About 100 million votes were cast by the Internet and cellphone text messages, said New7Wonders, the nonprofit organization that conducted the poll. The seven beat out 14 other nominated landmarks, including the Eiffel Tower, Easter Island in the Pacific, the Statue of Liberty, the Acropolis, Russia's Kremlin and Australia's Sydney Opera House.

The pyramids of Giza, the only surviving structures from the original seven wonders of the ancient world, were assured of retaining their status in addition to the new seven after indignant Egyptian officials said it was a disgrace they had to compete.

The campaign to name new wonders was launched in 1999 by the Swiss adventurer Bernard Weber. Almost 200 nominations came in, and the list was narrowed to the 21 most-voted by the start of 2006. Organizers admit there was no foolproof way to prevent people from voting more than once for their favorite.

A Peruvian in national costume held up Machu Picchu's award to the sky and bowed to the crowd with his hands clasped, eliciting one of the biggest cheers from the audience of 50,000 people at a soccer stadium in Portugal's capital, Lisbon.

Many jeered when the Statue of Liberty was announced as one of the candidates. Portugal was widely opposed to the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq.

Another Swiss adventurer, Bertrand Piccard, pilot of the first hot-air balloon to fly nonstop around the world, announced one of the winners, then launched into an appeal for people to combat climate change and stand up for human rights before being ushered off the stage.

The Colosseum, the Great Wall, Machu Picchu, the Taj Mahal and Petra had been among the leading candidates since January, while the Statue of Christ Redeemer received a surge in votes more recently.

The Statue of Liberty and Australia's Sydney Opera House were near the bottom of the list from the start.

Also among the losing candidates were Cambodia's Angkor, Spain's Alhambra, Turkey's Hagia Sophia, Japan's Kiyomizu Temple, Russia's Kremlin and St. Basil's Cathedral, Germany's Neuschwanstein Castle, Britain's Stonehenge and Mali's Timbuktu.

Weber's much-criticized Switzerland-based foundation aims to promote cultural diversity by supporting, preserving and restoring monuments. It relies on private donations and revenue from selling broadcasting rights.

The U.N. Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, or UNESCO, keeps a list of World Heritage Sites, which now totals 851 monuments. But the agency was not involved in Weber's project.

The traditional seven wonders were concentrated in the Mediterranean and Middle East. That list was derived from lists of marvels compiled by ancient Greek observers, the best known being Antipater of Sidon, a writer in the 2nd century B.C.

The Hanging Gardens of Babylon, the Statue of Zeus at Olympia, the Temple of Artemis at Ephesus, the Mausoleum of Halicarnassus, the Colossus of Rhodes and the Pharos lighthouse off Alexandria have all vanished.

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  • Cornelis Droog

    Christ my Redeemer
    Christ my Redeemer

    About 100 million people over the whole world have chosen the seven new wonder of the world. À¢€¦ Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro À¢€¦

    Since Jesus Christ is Eternal God, it is blasphemy to make any kind of an À¢€œimageÀ¢€Â of Christ in ANY form. These are the words of God to the whole human race:
    Exodus 20:4-5 À¢€œThou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth: Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD [JEHOVAH] thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me;À¢€Â (This is repeated in Deuteronomy 5:8-9)

    Romans 1:22-25 À¢€œProfessing themselves to be wise, they became fools, And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things. Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves: Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.À¢€Â

  • forest Brown

    booo all you want but if you got the chance you would come
    our lady liberity has inspaired some 40 million people to become citisen of a new land
    she used to give hope to many
    But thies days our goverment and all its political cortness have bent her over and drove it home that she does not stand for what she once did .

    the people spent millinos of dallors to rebuild and clean her just so the pigons would have a clean place for them to shit

    as robin williams said
    she neds to be holding a baceball bat saying you want a pice of me .
    but our spineless senators and congress men and women have froggton what they are or were put in office for .

    instead of lining there own pockest and making there political party is in charge .
    they should do the right thing

    as for as christ he needs help know to many nonbelivers in control using his name to get there comeupins

    and why does god hang out in prison ,
    or is it me that only heres well i found god in jail
    or prison ,
    i guess it is true he must be a black man as many jails as he has been found in

    i wonder if he liked paris when she was in jail !!!!

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