A modern compilation of seven wonders of the world has been announced at a ceremony in Lisbon.

They are:
The Great Wall of China
The ruins of Petra in Jordan
The statue of Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro
The Inca ruins of Machu Picchu in Peru
The Mayan city of Chichen Itza Mexico
The Colosseum in Rome
The Taj Mahal mausoleum

The sites were chosen on the basis of around 100m votes cast by people around the world over the internet and by mobile phone text messages.

A private Swiss foundation launched the contest in January, allowing Internet and telephone voters to choose between 21 sites short-listed from 77 selected by a jury.

 

Losing out among the frontrunners on the short-listed sites were the Acropolis in Greece, the Eiffel Tower in Paris, the statues on Easter Island, and Britain's Stonehenge.

The shortlist also included the Angkor Wat temples in Cambodia, the Alhambra in Granada, Spain, the Hagia Sophia in Istanbul, the Kiyomizu Temple in Japan, the Kremlin and Red Square in Moscow, Neuschwanstein Castle in southern Germany, New York's Statue of Liberty, Sydney Opera House and the ancient city of Timbuktu in Mali.

The new list is not an attempt to replace the traditional Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.

Only one of the seven, the Pyramids of Egypt, still exists. The others were:
the Hanging Gardens of Babylon
the Statue of Zeus at Olympia
the Temple of Artemis at Ephesus in Asia Minor
the Mausoleum of Halicarnassus
the Colossus of Rhodes
the Pharos of Alexandria