Wednesday, January 17, 2007

The farcical new seven wonders of the world

The website http://www.new7wonders.com is doing a survey to ask what today's seven wonders of the world should be. Since most of the ancient wonders are gone, we kind of need to update the list. I like the idea, but...
I didn't do the survey because they didn't include what in my mind should be second only to the pyramids in sheer size and impressiveness - the Temple of Karnak. Yet the Eiffel tower, the Statue of Liberty and the Christ Redeemer are all on the list, amongst others of varying arguability.
I consider the rock hewn churches of Lalibela to be more impressive than these structures. We're talking "wonders," which in my mind constitutes things that people are curious about. Not a big hunk of metal in the middle of Paris, nor a gift from France to the USA. Is this a popularity contest or a serious competition?
We know the story of these objects, thus eliminating the "wonder" factor. Lalibela's rock hewn churches, we have no idea where they came from, thus the wonder. The temple of Karnak is so damn big, we wonder how it was built by an ancient civilization. The great wall in Zimbabwe, okay not as impressive, but I "wonder" who the hell built it.
Cologne Cathedral, or take your pick of one of Europe's massive cathedrals.
The mosque in Mecca.

I'm sure there's a dozen others who should be on the voting list. These are just off the top of my head.


The list provided is surprisingly thin. More thought should have been done to give people a list of things they can actually vote for; not places whoever came up with the new7wonders idea could name off the top of his/her head.

1 comment:

Biby Cletus said...

Hello, i just surfed in searching for interesting blogs on new seven wonders of the world, you have a cool blog. Do keep up the good work. i live far from where you are and its nice to be able to see what people from across the world thinks.

Warm Regards from the Other Side of the Moon.

On a related note perhaps you might find the following links interesting. we're reviewing the best among the competing 21 participants for the new 7 wonders competition. i'll like to hear your take on the subject via comments. i'll be back soon...

The Kremlin and the Red Square
Angkor Wat
Eiffel Tower
Hagia Sophia

ps. if you have your own favourites list or if you'd like us to write about other wonders pls do mention about it in the comments.

Bibby

Kerala, India