Thursday, January 05, 2006

New 7 Wonders of the World


In the second century BC (some 2200 years ago), scholars came up with a list of the 7 Wonders of the World (世界の七不思議). This list includes:
- The Great Pyramid of Giza (エジプトのピラミッド=金字塔)
- The Hanging Gardens of Babylon (バビロンの空中庭園)
- The Statue of Zeus at Olympia (オリンピアのゼウス神像)
- The Colossus of Rhodes (ローデス島のアポロ巨像)
- The Temple of Artemis at Ephesus (エフェソスのアルテミス神殿)
- The Mausoleum at Halicarnassus (ハリカルナッソスの霊廟)
- The Pharos of Alexandria (The Lighthouse of Alexandria) (アレキサンドリアの灯台)

An organization called New 7 Wonders of the World is trying to come up a list of the current 7 wonders of the world (新しい世界の七不思議). They have taken various sites nominated by people throughout the world, and then a "panel of expert" whittled the list down to 21 finalists. Now they have a phone in voting system to allow people to vote for the winners, which will be announced on New Year's Day 2007.

The 21 finalists which can be voted for are:
01 Acropolis, Athens, Greece (アテネのアクロポリス)
02 Alhambra, Granada, Spain (スペイン・グラナダのアルハンブラ宮殿)
03 Angkor, Cambodia (カンボジアのアンコール朝)
04 Chichen Itza, Yucatan, Mexico (メキシコのチチェン・イツァ)
05 Christ Redeemer, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (ブラジル、リオデジャネイロのキリストの像)
06 Colosseum, Rome, Italy (ロームのコロシアム)
07 Easter Island Statues, Chile (イースター島の像)
08 Eiffel Tower, Paris, France (パリのエッフェル塔)
09 Great Wall, China (チャイニーズ・ウオール)
10 Hagia Sophia, Istanbul, Turkey (イスタンブール・トルコの??)
11 Kyomizu Temple, Kyoto, Japan (京都の居水寺)
12 Kremlin/St.Basil, Moscow, Russia (ロシア・モスクワのクレムリン)
13 Machu Picchu, Peru (ペルーの??)
14 Neuschwanstein Castle, Fassen, Germany (ドイツのノイ・シュバン・シュタインカストレ)
15 Petra, Jordan (ジョーダンのペトラ)
16 Pyramids of Giza, Egypt (エジプトのピラミッド=金字塔)
17 Statue of Liberty, New York, USA (ユネスコの自由の女神)
18 Stonehenge, Amesbury, United Kingdom (イギリスのストーンヘンジ)
19 Sydney Opera House, Australia (オーストラリア・シドニーのオペラ劇場)
20 Taj Mahal, Agra, India (インドのタージマハル)
21 Timbuktu, Mali (マリのティンブクトゥ)

I am a little surprised that Kyomizudera is listed for Japan. Japan has many amazing temples, castles, etc. Kyomizu Temple is definitely impressive, but I would have thought something like Todaiji Temple in Nara (you can photos on both sites from one of the times I visited them by clicking here).


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