New seven wonders of the world announced. Only one is in Europe, far from Poland.
Rome, Italy -- The new Seven Wonders of the World have been selected after a global poll. The winners were announced Saturday. Sabina Castelfranco reports from Rome.
About 100 million votes were cast by the Internet and cell-phone text messages to choose the new Seven Wonders of the World.
Academy Award-winning British actor Ben Kingsley announced the winners at a glitzy international show at Portugal's largest venue, the Estadio da Luz in Lisbon.
"The Colosseum in Rome," he said.
The only site in Europe selected was the Colosseum. The others were: The Great Wall of China, India's Taj Mahal, Jordan's ancient city of Petra, the Incan ruins of Machu Picchu in Peru, Brazil's Statue of Christ Redeemer, and Mexico's Chichen Itza pyramid.
The seven winners beat out 14 other nominated landmarks, including the Eiffel Tower in Paris, Easter Island in the Pacific, the Statue of Liberty in New York City, the Acropolis in Athens, Russia's Kremlin and Australia's Sydney Opera House.
I can lay claim to Mexico's Chichen Itza pyramid, and on the old list I believe Diana's temple was listed. I was aware of it on vacation in Turkey with friends and it turned out we drove past it three times before we decided the pile of rocks at one place had to be it. We did not stop by. As bad as that may sound, there is much much more worthwhile in Turkey, and that we did enjoy!