LISBON, Portugal (AP) – Monuments in three Latin American countries were named among the new seven wonders of the world Saturday.
Brazil’s Statue of Christ the Redeemer, Peru’s Machu Picchu, and Mexico’s Chichen Itza pyramid were chosen along with the Great Wall of China, Jordan’s Petra, the Colosseum in Rome and India’s Taj Mahal.
The Great Pyramids of Giza, the only surviving structures from the original seven wonders of the ancient world, kept their status in addition to the new seven.
The sites were selected according to a tally of around 100 million votes cast by people around the world over the Internet and by cellphone text messages, the nonprofit organization that conducted the poll said.
The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, or UNESCO, keeps updating its own list of World Heritage Sites, which now totals 851 places.
However, Paris-based UNESCO distanced itself from the seven wonders ballot, saying it reflected only the opinion of those who voted.
GREAT WALL OF CHINA
The 4,160-mile barricade running from east to west is the longest man-made structure in the world. The fortification, which largely dates from the 7th through the 4th century B.C..
The ancient city of Petra in southwestern Jordan, was built on a terrace around the Wadi Musa or Valley of MosesThe city is famous for its water tunnels and numerous stone structures carved in the rock, the most impressive of which is probably Ad-Dayr, “the Monastery.”
STATUE OF CHRIST REDEEMER, BRAZIL
The 125-foot statue of Christ the Redeemer with outstretched arms overlooks Rio de Janeiro on Brazil’s Atlantic coast from atop Mt. Corcovado. Created by Polish-French sculptor Paul Landowski, the statue weighing more than 1,000 tons was built in pieces in France starting in 1926 and shipped to Brazil. The pieces were carried by cogwheel railway up the 2,343-foot mountain for assembly. The statue was inaugurated on Oct. 12, 1931.
MACHU PICCHU, PERU
Built by the Incan Empire in the 15th century, the giant walls, palaces, temples and dwellings of the Machu Picchu sanctuary are perched in the clouds at 8,000 feet above sea level on an Andean mountaintop overlooking a lush valley 310 miles southeast of Lima.
PYRAMID AT CHICHEN ITZA, MEXICO
This Myan step pyramid surmounted by a temple was built according to the solar calendar, it is placed so that shadows cast at the fall and spring equinoxes are said to look like a snake crawling down the steps.
The giant amphitheater in Rome was inaugurated in A.D. 80 by the Emperor Titus. The 50,000-seat Colosseum was an arena where thousands of gladiators dueled to the death, and, as tradition would have it, Christians were fed to the lions.
TAJ MAHAL, INDIA
The white marble-domed mausoleum in Agra, Uttar Pradesh state, was built by Mogul Emperor Shah Jahan between 1632 and 1654 for his favorite wife, Mumtaz Mahal, who died.