New 7 Wonders of the World

Discussion in 'Art & Architecture' started by ForzaGrifo, Jun 5, 2007.

  1. ForzaGrifo

    ForzaGrifo Member

    Sep 22, 2000
    There's an official voting for the new 7 wonders of the world here:

    Lo and behold, once you voted there's a chance you can win a shirt signed by C.Ronaldo! (no this is not an advert)

    My votes went to (and the reasons):

    Acropolis -- cradle of democracy
    Colosseum -- ancient sports stadium
    Eiffel Tower -- engineering feat
    Great Wall -- largest man-made structure on earth
    Macchu Picchu -- civilization in the middle of nowhere
    Stonehenge -- how on earth did they move those heavy stones back then?
    Taj Mahal -- sheer beauty

    What's your vote and your reasons behind it?
  2. TheSlipperyOne

    TheSlipperyOne Member+

    Feb 29, 2000
    Arsenal FC
    Easter Island Statues
    Great Wall
    Hagia Sophia
    Machu Pichu
    Statue of Liberty
    Taj Mahal
  3. striker

    striker Member+

    Aug 4, 1999
    I thought this was going to be a thread on the 7 most beautiful women (or men if that's what you prefer) in the world!
  4. StiltonFC

    StiltonFC He said to only look up -- Guster

    Mar 18, 2007
    Liverpool FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    hijack attempt #one: failed because of its utter tediousness.

    try again later...

    1. Great Wall of China
    2. Those towers in Kuala Lampur
    3. The Golden Gate Bridge
    4. The Astrodome
    5. The Panama Canal
    6. Le Tour d'Eiffel
    tie for 7. The In-n-Out Double Double and the Pyramid of the Sun at Teotihuacan[​IMG]
  5. obie

    obie New Member

    Nov 18, 1998
    NY, NY
    New York Red Bulls
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    In order of preference:

    Great Wall
    Easter Island (of course!)
    Machu Picchu
    Taj Mahal

    Hard to leave off Stonehenge, Chichen Itza, the Acropolis, and Timbuktu.

    I'm a bit embarrassed that the best American thing they could find was the Statue of Liberty. You put the Statue of Liberty (built by the French, by the way) up against the Great Wall, and America loses badly. It's iconic but not awe-inspiring; in fact, it's a bit puny. The only American things I can think of that could even possibly deserve to be on that list are the Empire State Building and the Gateway Arch, and even those two are iffy.
  6. quentinc

    quentinc New Member

    Jan 3, 2005
    Annapolis, MD
    That probably has to do with the fact that our primitive cultures weren't particularly rich or great. Almost all North American Indian tribes were nomadic and/or poor. If you look at the options on this list, they were practically all built by an ancient culture where ostentatious structures were much easier to build; no labor unions.
  7. WingsFan

    WingsFan Member

    Jan 22, 2001
    Suburban Wichita
    Sporting Kansas City
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    What about Hoover Dam?
  8. quentinc

    quentinc New Member

    Jan 3, 2005
    Annapolis, MD
    China has one that is much much much bigger.
  9. Jayfil

    Jayfil Member

    Feb 24, 2000
    South Burlington, Vermont
    New England Revolution
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    True, but that doesn't make the Hoover Dam any less of an achievement for its time. Lots of places have bigger towers than the Eiffel Tower but that doesn't make it any less special.

    I'm embarrassed to say I've only been to four of the nominees on this list (Stonehenge, Eiffel Tower, Statue of Liberty, Alhambra) and I don't think I'd call any of them top 7 "Wonders of the World".

    Where's the modern engineering on this list of nominees? Petronas Towers, International Space Station, CN Tower? Some of these things are beautiful (Holy Redeemer statue) or historically significant in a "history of human development" sort of way (Timbuktu), but I wouldn't necessarily consider them "wondrous" in their present state.

    I suppose of those places I've been the Alhambra is the most awe-inspiring, probably with Stonehenge second. The Alhambra is funny because the Nasrid Palace doesn't look like much from the outside, but once you get inside the harem and some of the other interior courtyards you definitely have a "Holy crap- look what humans are capable of" moment.
  10. quentinc

    quentinc New Member

    Jan 3, 2005
    Annapolis, MD
    That's why I don't understand the concept that these are the "New" 7 Wonders of the World. They look pretty similar to the old ones.
  11. TheSlipperyOne

    TheSlipperyOne Member+

    Feb 29, 2000
    Arsenal FC
    You mean they look similar to the ones that no longer exist? The only original of the 7 Wonders still around is the Great Pyramid of Giza.

    Of those 7 Wonders they all were relatively close geographically constructed by almost all the same peoples. This new list is trying to better represent the whole world.
  12. lawrenceterp

    lawrenceterp Moderator
    Staff Member

    Sep 2, 2006
    Christ Redeemer
    Eiffel Tower
    Great Wall
    Statue of Liberty
    Taj Mahal
  13. Puro_Sinaloa

    Puro_Sinaloa Member+

    Dec 3, 2005
    Chechen Itza needs to be on there. How on Earth something like the Eifel tower could even be considered, is beyond me.
  14. El_Bulla

    El_Bulla Member

    Jan 21, 2007
    Since there are more internet users in richer countries, the votes go to the the countries with richer people, so if you live in a country that's had a nominee for the 7 wonders and you don't have internet that's focked up:mad:
  15. Peakite

    Peakite Member

    Mar 27, 2000
    Halifax Town
    It is:

    The Great Wall, China
    Petra, Jordan
    Christ Redeemer, Brazil
    Machu Picchu, Peru
    Chichén Itzá, Mexico
    The Roman Colosseum, Italy
    The Taj Mahal, India

    The top seven. Of course being a commercial venture, they'll make some money off it due to the publicity, but it'll never catch on to the same degree as the older list.
  16. Matrim55

    Matrim55 Member+

    Aug 14, 2000
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Simply criminal that Las Vegas wasn't even nominated.
  17. victorcalello38

    Feb 28, 2017
    Montevideo Wanderers FC
    Great Will OF china is the best
  18. kakakakaka1

    kakakakaka1 New Member

    Jan 10, 2002
    Great picks.

    Acropolis, Eiffel Tower and Colesseum are great but
    what about pyramids, Ankor Wat, and Petra??


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