Among 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: