The New7Wonders of the World have been announced in Lisbon to highlight the world’s cultural gems and shared heritage. All the newly announced sites already have significant tourism potential.
The New7Wonders of the World are: The Great Wall of China, Petra, Chichén Itzá, the Statue of Christ Redeemer, the Colosseum, Machu Picchu and the Taj Mahal. More than 100 million votes were cast worldwide.
Actresses Hilary Swank and Bipasha Basu and actor Ben Kingsley hosted the ceremonies, which transformed the Benfica Stadium in Lisbon, Portugal and contrasted the more than 2,000-year-old Ancient Wonders, presented to the audience from a giant book, with the New7Wonders candidate finalists framed by a giant laptop computer .
Bernard Weber, who launched the New7Wonders Foundation to unite the world by honouring our common heritage, announced the organisation’s next project: The New7Wonders of Nature. Amir Dossal, executive director of the United Nations Office for Partnerships, expressed the UN’s ongoing support for the New7Wonders Foundation’s work.
Among highlights of the evening were performances by Jennifer Lopez and Jose Carreras, as well as Dulce Pontes, Chaka Khan, Alessandro Safina and Joaqu’n Cortés. Special guests were Neil Armstrong, Bertrand Piccard, Frederico Mayor and Cristiano Ronaldo, Portugal’s homegrown football star.