In 2007, Swiss entrepreneur Bernard Weber, founder of New Open World Corporation, launched an international competition to choose the seven new wonders of the modern world, choosing from thousands of man-made locations to the year 2000, Being one of the requirements that the same was kept standing for that moment.
Voting was carried out mainly through the company's website, allowing votes from all over the world, announcing the results in a ceremony held on July 7, 2007 (07/07/07) in the city of Lisbon.
The winners were:
The Christ the Redeemer, Brazil.
Machu Picchu, Cuzco, Peru
The Great Wall of China
The Taj Mahal, India
The Colosseum in Rome, Italy
Chichen Itza, Mexico
As an honorary winner off the list was named the Great Pyramid of Giza (Egypt), which was initially excluded from the voting list due to protests by the Egyptian government.
The following seven semifinalists who did not reach the final have been, in this order:
Moáis of Easter Island, Chile
The Eiffel Tower, France
The Tower of Pisa, Italy
The Kremlin, St. Basil's Cathedral and Red Square in Moscow, Russia
The historic city of Sanaa, Yemen
The Palace of Versailles, France
The Alhambra, Spain
There have been few criticisms that were made to the contest, mainly by the voting system used, being indispensable the access to Internet or via telephone payment, which is not accessible to many people in the world. Likewise in the votes of the participating marvels he bet more on sentimental value than on artistic value.