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  1. Laurel
    Laurel July 11, 2007 at 2:10 pm |

    No Stonhenge and no Easter Island heads. Dang.

    Laurel

  2. Laurel
    Laurel July 11, 2007 at 2:13 pm |

    Sorry, I meant StonEhenge. And the Acropolis would’ve been nice too.

    Jill, which seven would you have liked to see make the cut?

  3. Manju
    Manju July 11, 2007 at 2:14 pm |

    i would’ve went with the MOMA in Bilbao, Spain.

  4. Sally
    Sally July 11, 2007 at 2:54 pm |

    I actually found Stonehenge totally anticlimactic. It’s a bunch of piled-up rocks! Whereas the Taj Mahal, which is the only of the seven that I’ve actually been to, was truly the most amazing thing I’ve ever seen.

  5. Marnanel
    Marnanel July 11, 2007 at 3:49 pm |

    Stonehenge is beautiful and breathtaking, but you can’t get anywhere near the place these days iirc.

    I haven’t been to any of the rest and am unlikely to (except possibly one day New York), so perhaps I don’t have much of a basis of comparison.

  6. bread and roses
    bread and roses July 11, 2007 at 4:16 pm |

    I’ve seen none of the 7, and only 4 of the finalists – but most of the others are on my list of places to see someday.

    Hagia Sophia is pretty cool, but I actually was far more impressed with the Blue Mosque that faces it.

  7. Steve
    Steve July 11, 2007 at 4:23 pm |

    I’ve been to 5 of the 7, and 11 of the other 14. The Taj Mahal, Great Wall, Colosseum, and Machu Picchu are all deserving. I’ve never been to Petra or Chichen Itza. I have been to Christ the Redeemer, and it boggles the mind that it beat out any of the 11 that I have seen. I heard that Brazil really put a push on to get the Internet votes.

  8. DarthVelma
    DarthVelma July 11, 2007 at 4:27 pm |

    To not have the Pyramids on that list is ridiculous. And I’m sorry, but I think someone stuffed the ballot box for Christ Redeemer.

  9. little light
    little light July 11, 2007 at 5:16 pm |

    The Pyramids were on the Ancient Wonders list, DarthVelma. I think the original seven were disqualified in this round, so there Pyramids at Giza were out along with the Colossus of Rhodes, the Lighthouse of Pharos, and the rest.

  10. little light
    little light July 11, 2007 at 5:19 pm |

    Okay, no, I’m wrong. ‘Parently the Gizan Pyramids were on the list, along with some truly peculiar picks: Neuschwanstein, mostly famous for being the model for that Disney castle? Even Petra’s an odd choice, though it’s neat. So’s the Alhambra; it’s a truly remarkable place, definitely a wonder to behold, but it just doesn’t strike me as having that instantly-recognizable iconic status a Wonder of the World ought to have.

  11. Matthew Cole
    Matthew Cole July 11, 2007 at 5:37 pm |

    South America really represented. Its especially nice to see the indigenous Americans get some long-overdue respect for the fact that their civilization had marvels that compare well to anything the Romans or Europeans were up to. Too often, people talk about great civilizations but pretend that there weren’t millions of people in highly advanced social organizations ’round here in the New World.

  12. Sophist
    Sophist July 11, 2007 at 6:21 pm |

    Wait a minute. Asian…Middle Eastern…Hispanic…Mesoamerican…Mesoamerican…Italian…Indian…

    OMG! Reverse racism! This is totally reverse racism! Where are the white people wonders? We’ve clearly been deliberately excluded due to race. Doubtlessly Martin Luther King Jr. is rolling over in his grave because of this travesty.

    This is the biggest injustice ever.

  13. willa
    willa July 11, 2007 at 6:58 pm |

    It is nice to see so many South American picks. I’m actually embarrassed that I’ve only seen one of the new Seven Wonders, but at least I’ve seen the only Ancient Wonder still around–the Pyramids.

    I really must travel more! (Looks feebly at passport.)

  14. lucizoe
    lucizoe July 11, 2007 at 8:26 pm |

    Heh, is it just me, or does it look like the Jesus statue is about to start rampaging? He looks like he’s prepping to stomp the heck out of some tourists.

    And why is that on the final list and the Egyptian pyramids NOT?

  15. lucizoe
    lucizoe July 11, 2007 at 8:28 pm |

    Ah, so they’re in some sort of hierarchy? Ancient Wonders, new Seven Wonders…I wasn’t even aware these things were fluid. Shows what I know.

  16. Daniel Martin
    Daniel Martin July 11, 2007 at 10:06 pm |

    Sigh.

    The Hoover Dam didn’t even make it as a finalist, nor did the St. Louis arch.

  17. jeffaclitus
    jeffaclitus July 11, 2007 at 11:00 pm |

    I kind of agree with you, little light, about Petra, but since that’s the only one on the list I’ve been to, I have to support it. I am puzzled, though, that the Dome of the Rock/Al-Aqsa compound didn’t make it. That’s truly impressive. It must have been left off for political reasons (or maybe because this is some kind of tourist outfit that figures it won’t be able to sell many tickets to Jerusalem).

  18. Blunderbuss
    Blunderbuss July 12, 2007 at 8:14 am |

    Heh, is it just me, or does it look like the Jesus statue is about to start rampaging? He looks like he’s prepping to stomp the heck out of some tourists.

    Dude. The idea of that statue coming alive and stomping Rio a la Godzilla would be the most awesome B-movie ever.

    And they nominated the Sydney Opera house? Buh? I love that building, but it’s not a WONDER.

  19. norbizness
    norbizness July 12, 2007 at 9:19 am |

    I always liked the redneck equivalent of the giant statue, Christ o the Ozarks. That I’ve seen.

    Also, I agree with the anticlimax of Stonehenge, and would venture forth Mount Rushmore as a potential American inclusion. Also: replace Chichén Itzá with Angkor Wat.

  20. ks
    ks July 12, 2007 at 11:35 am |

    Yeah, that Christ statue should definitely be off. Angkor should be in its place. And, much as I think that Petra is really, really cool, the Easter Island statues are more deserving, I think.

    But I haven’t been to any of the final 7. However, I’ve visited Stonehenge (really impressive, I thought, even if you can’t get close to it) and the Eiffel Tower (also really cool, but how is that a wonder, anyway).

  21. wildstarryskies
    wildstarryskies July 12, 2007 at 11:52 am |

    Forget Mt. Rushmore. The real stuff is Crazy Horse. Check it out.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crazy_Horse_Memorial

    When it’s done, it’ll be the world largest sculpture. They’ve been working it on for fifty years now, and they will not be done in my lifetime. Imagine a statue made out of a whole mountain…

    awesomeness abounds.

  22. lou
    lou July 12, 2007 at 3:45 pm |

    I’m disappointed Angkor Wat didn’t make the list. It’s a really amazing place. I’d take over Chichen Itza, quite frankly, having visited both.

  23. David Thompson
    David Thompson July 12, 2007 at 6:17 pm |

    I’d hate to be standing under that statue when the arms fall off. (You know they will; gravity is no respecter of persons.)

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