New Seven Wonders of the World in Google Earth

New Seven Wonders of the World in Google EarthOf the original seven wonders of the ancient world (man-made) only the pyramids of Giza are still standing. A web site called New Seven Wonders held a vote during the last several months in which many millions of people voted out of 21 different sites to select the next seven wonders. The winners were announced, appropriately enough, on 7/7/7 – yesterday. Here is a Google Earth file which shows the new seven wonders of the world . This file was posted at the Google Earth Community by someone called NorCalHarris. I updated the file a bit to better position the placemarks and add some suggestions on how to see more information on each location in GE. The best tip is to turn on the Geographic Web layer so you can see many photos taken of each site available from Panoramio. There are also 3D models available of some of the locations.
Here’s a quick list of the new seven wonders:

  1. Ancient City of Petra
  2. Machu Picchu
  3. The Great Wall of China
  4. Taj Mahal
  5. Christ Redeemer, Rio
  6. The Roman Colloseum
  7. Chichén Itzá

You can see the full list of 21 candidates for the new seven wonders in Google Earth (also posted by NorCalHarris). Also, there is a collection of several different Seven Wonders: the Ancient World, Medieval World, the Natural World, and the Underwater World. By the way, I kind of feel like the Pyramids of Giza – since they are still standing – should have automatically stayed on the list.
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Frank Taylor started the Google Earth Blog in July, 2005 shortly after Google Earth was first released. He has worked with 3D computer graphics and VR for many years and was very impressed with this exciting product. Frank completed a 5.5 year circumnavigation of the earth by sailboat in June 2015 which you can read about at Tahina Expedition, and is a licensed pilot, backpacker, diver, and photographer.

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  2. Glad to know that Taj Mahal still tops the chart of the new 7 wonders.

  3. I heard of the new 7 wonders some days ago, because some Bavarian politicians called to vote for Castle Neuschwanstein. And meanwhile the winners were announced – great:)

  4. As if some “clever” business people have nothing more to sell, they now started to sell “alternative” history to the people of the planet.
    I guess one day we will hear about a new vote on the Internet to chose a new Sun and another moon, since the ancient didn’t know that others exist in the Universe.
    Or perhaps they will vote on new “great leaders”, since Alexander and Napoleon no longer live today.
    While the whole episode is funny, a touch of sadness grip me when I think that the governments that took part in this business fiasco would actually harm their great monuments by selling it on the cheap via this business organisation, especially when people discover the truth of this latest business game.
    As for harming the Great Pyramid of Giza… I don’t think so.. for thousands and thousands of years, invaders, destroyers, earthquakes, explorers and what have you tried and failed miserably to even discover the age of the pyramids, who built it, how and why. In fact this was why it was called the geratest wonder of all and propably not only on planet earth!!!! Think about it…

  5. this just shows how insane people are…..i mean did anyone look at what they were voting for? for real christ the redeemer was built sometime in the 1900s and it beat out at least a dozen temples 100s if not 1000s of years older…Angkor Wat should have been selected o well goes to show how many jesus freeks voted….

  6. Well said!

  7. all seven wonders are really mindblowing

  8. Frank Bullard says

    Although all the sites are wonderful, the way that the new 7 were selected is flawed because:
    1) you can’t fairly compare sites if you haven’t visited them all (folks were forced to vote for 7, even if they hadn’t been to 7)
    2) most people voted for sites in their home country (massive campaigns were launched by several governments) for the obvious touristic and other economic interests
    3) some people’s votes were weighed more than others, based on purchases made on the website

  9. hey frank are you metally retarded? “1) you can’t fairly compare sites if you haven’t visited them all” come on now who has the time and money to see all of these “wonders”. 2)i highly doubt that governments had that much influence on the way people voted….3)some people’s votes were weighed more than others, based on purchases made on the website…are you joking??? this was a online world wide free vote you really think that votes from customers were weighed more then others? sorry i just like to argue, i agree with you that the sites are wonderful but not “world wonder” worthy….

  10. harshita says

    i think that there should be more than 7 wonders as the 13 finalists were also no less than the wonders

  11. Hay google moderator friends u guys done great job. This is my collage project and i’ve got very good matirial for that thanks a lot.

  12. Taj Mahal,Pyramids and the Great Wall Of China are the best wonders of the world

  13. There are more than 7 wonders of the world. It’s a shame that it has to be voted on.

  14. How can people choose from a hundred sites, only seven? It is sad not to see the other sites stand out.

  15. The new 7 wonders are incomplete without egypt pyramids.

  16. shivanker says

    All the wonders are good because they belong to our is ours

  17. in the philippines i most like the palawan,to be one of the seven wonders 0f the earth,,

  18. UNESCO confirms that it is not involved in the “New 7 wonders of the world” campaign
    Monday, July 9, 2007
    In order to avoid any damaging confusion, UNESCO wishes to reaffirm that there is no link whatsoever between UNESCO’s World Heritage programme, which aims to protect world heritage, and the current campaign concerning “The New 7 Wonders of the World”.
    This campaign was launched in 2000 as a private initiative by Bernard Weber, the idea being to encourage citizens around the world to select seven new wonders of the world by popular vote.
    Although UNESCO was invited to support this project on several occasions, the Organization decided not to collaborate with Mr. Weber.
    UNESCO’s objective and mandate is to assist countries in identifying, protecting and preserving World Heritage. Acknowledging the sentimental or emblematic value of sites and inscribing them on a new list is not enough. Scientific criteria must be defined, the quality of candidates evaluated, and legislative and management frameworks set up. The relevant authorities must also demonstrate commitment to these frameworks as well as to permanently monitoring the state of conservation of sites. The task is one of technical conservation and political persuasion. There is also a clear educational role with respect to the sites’ inherent value, the threats they face and what must be done to prevent their loss.
    There is no comparison between Mr Weber’s mediatised campaign and the scientific and educational work resulting from the inscription of sites on UNESCO’s World Heritage List*. The list of the “7 New Wonders of the World” will be the result of a private undertaking, reflecting only the opinions of those with access to the internet and not the entire world. This initiative cannot, in any significant and sustainable manner, contribute to the preservation of sites elected by this public

  19. i disagree to 7 wonders of the world,cause theres a lot more to be choose,particularly to the philippines….

  20. dr kunwar bharat says

    yes i am agree with mr. elkadio some politicians only live and wana earn only and only for their self….they dont know what the beauty these seven wonders they have.they can,t be campared. their beauty cant be explained in words.

  21. the new selected seven wonders of the earth is nice, but they should include the CHOCOLATE HILLS IN BOHOL,for it is the only one that can be found in this word.

  22. I heard about the beauity of TAJMAHAL from a lots of people but when I had been to TAJMAHAL I have seen the beauity eith my nude eyes.

  23. All the seven wonders are nice. But i have seen only Taj Mahal. Really amazing. I like to see all the seven wonders.

  24. As an Indian it is matter of pride to see Tajmahal in the new seven wonders of the world. Having seen it with my own two eyes, I think it deserves all the popularity it has gained .

  25. What about Axum and Lalibela?

    AZURE WINDOW,ROCK FORMATION IN MALTA,MOUNT FUJI IN JAPAN…be included in the 7 Wonders of the World :)…every place has its beauty.

  27. we should also consider the wonder not only on land but as well as underwater.we already knew that we have a lot of wonders of nature here on land, but how about in water? I strongly believe that the TUBATAHA REEF in the Philippines is the best example for the wonders of nature that can be seen underwater.

  28. says

    how bout the pyramid of Giza, Egypt?

  29. All the Seven wonders are very beautifull. But i have like only Taj Mahal. Its Really good choise. I like to see all the seven wonders. @@~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@

  30. All seven are really really wonderful but GR8 WALL must be on TOP followed by Pyramid, Tajmahal and ………

  31. Only great piramid of giza and great wall of china deserve to b the wonders. But i dont think the word “wonder” is suitable word to describe them in this 21st century, they should b called 7th monument of modern times:)…Because my iphone is more wonderful than any of there listed above 🙂

  32. Taj Mahal is listed here because of the large no. Of votes casted by large no. Of indian ppl(2nd in d world), i don kno about other because i have not been there but i think pyramid n great wall r something we should not forget at all 😉

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