We have all heard of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Do you remember what they were?
According to Herodotus (a historian who lived around 480BC to 420BC), they were the:
- Great Pyramid of Giza
- Hanging Gardens of Babylon
- Statue of Zeus at Olympia
- Temple of Artemis at Ephesus
- Mausoleum of Maussollos at Halicarnassus
- Colossus of Rhodes
- Lighthouse of Alexandria
But today only the Great Pyramid of Giza can still be seen, so there have been a number of new 7 wonders of the world declared in the last few decades.
In 2001 a Swiss organisation called the New 7 Wonders Foundation declared a competiotion for the new 7 wonders of the World. This included, on it’s shortlist of 21, the Sydney Opera House. The new 7 wonders were announced on 7 July 2007 and are:
The New 7 Wonders Foundation recently declared a new competition, for the 7 Natural Wonders of the World, and on 21 July will announce it’s shortlist of top 28 from 77 candidates. The current list includes two Australian entries – the Great Barrier Reef and Uluru (Ayers Rock) in Australia, and one candidate from New Zealand – Milford Sound.
Watch this space for the new shortlist on 21 July 2009.