The Colosseum: One of the New Seven Wonders of the World

Posted By: About Italy on July, 10 2007 in About Italy, Rome
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New Seven Wonders of the World: The ColosseumAmong the newly elected wonders of the world we can find our Colosseum!!!

These new wonders are considered as such because they are added to the previously selected ones in 140 BC from Antipatro of Sidone that have almost completely disappeared.

The new wonders are a result of a big private opinion survey proposed by Bernard Weber, a Swiss-Canadian director during the Olympics of Sidney 2000, after the destruction of giant Buddhas in Bamiyam, in Afganistan, by the hand of the Talibans.

At the beginning, the referendum to elect the new seven wonders of the world, conducted on the Internet (see the official site), contained 17 architectural works. However, the popularity of such initiative and the pressure from the public opinion from all over the world made the organizers extend the list to as much as 150 architectural operas.

According to the organizers of the event the persons from all over the world to vote were more than 100 million.
After the first phase of voting, that ended on 24th December 2005, the list of operas came down to 77.

Among the 77 nominations, under the observation of 7 international judges, Italy could boast with three operas: The Colosseum, the leaning tower of Pisa, and the Ducal Palace in Venice.
In reality, under the category “Italy” there were also other two candidatures: Saint Peter’s Basilica and the Sistin Chapel which are actually found in Vatican.

At the beginning of 2006 the final 21 nominations were announced and only two days ago, on 7th July 2007 the new seven wonders of the world were decreeted.

The seat of the announcement of the new wonders was the city of Lisbon where the Italian Ambassador in Portugal, Luca Del Balzo, had the honor to receive the Certificate of Wonder of the World for the Colosseum.

The seven monuments elected as “New Wonders of the World” are: The Great Wall of China, The City of Petra (Jordan), The Statue of Christ the Saviour in Rio de Janeiro, The Colosseum, The Inca ruins of Machu Picchu in Peru, The Maya Pyramids in Chicen Itza (Mexico), and the Temple of Taj Mahal in India.

The Pyramids of Giza, the only antique Wonder that still exists today was excluded from the elections and was given an “Honorary nomination”.

Initially, the initiative had as the final goal to collect funds to restructure the monuments but the high expenses of about 50 million dollars and the scarce funds raised forced the organizers to assign the gathered funds to only the 21 candidate-monuments voted in January 2006.

As follows some immages / view of the Colosseum of Rome:


Colosseum by night

View of the Colosseum from above

Interior view of the Coloseum in Rome

Have a look to the photogallery about the Colosseum on our “photo space” on Flickr.

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13 Responses to “The Colosseum: One of the New Seven Wonders of the World”

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    Once in Rome, the first thing i thought about doing was seeing The Colosseum, only when you’re there, can you realize it is the symbol of Rome. The amphitheatre was able to hold up to 55,000 spectators (like the TwinCities NFL stadium for the Minnesota Viking) as they watched gladiator fights, animal fights, etc. It took 10 years to construct. But to find out what’s the best part you should check why architets of today still marvel at the design: The Colosseum can be emptied in about 12 minutes (see if your stadium can be emptied that quickly next time you are at a major sporting event)! Dont you think you can get in there and find out for yourself what other tricks are in the Colosseum?
    Thanks for the chance to let me write, greeting from Rome

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    Hi, Hilary

    My fiance and I would like to take a honeymoon trip using local trains through England (&Scotland), France and Italy. Our desire is to be able to get off the train and explore and/or spend the night when we see something interesting.

    My questions:
    1. Is this feasible? or would it be better to do something like this by car?
    2. Do local train stations have someplace to store your bags?
    3. Any suggestions from individuals on what to see using this mode of transportation?

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    I am planing a trip to italy, I found many useful information here, thank you very much.

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    When visiting the Roman Colosseum, you can avoid the long ticket lines by buying a ticket at the nearby Palatine Hill entrance. You can also get your picture taken with a gladiator outside the Colosseum.

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    I think the idea of new 7 wonders is excellent. These new wonders are really amazing especially the colosseum. I’ve been there when I was young and it’s very impressive !
    However, I miss the old ones. For our memories, I recommand this web site: The Seven Wonders of the Ancient World that describes all the 7 wonders of the ancient world. It iss very interesting.

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    thanks we sure appreciate your kind comments.

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    Colosseum is seven wonders of the world,

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    ROME is famous old culture city.

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    the colosseum has alot to say about rome historically. i would like to say here that it is the image of rome, a structure that portrays the beauty and pride of the city state.

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    the colosseum is the image that portrays the beauty and pride of rome.the designers and constructors of the structure are great men.

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    Yesterday was inaugurated the Colosseum restoration works