Remember we noted when looking at Blue Sky Traveler that they’d picked the New7Wonders.com world and nature lists for their bucket lists, and figured that was a good idea, especially if you prefer goals that are reasonably attainable to our quixotic never-ending Every World Heritage Site quest around here?
Well, more we thought about it the better we liked that idea, so we’re going to start tracking the various New7Wonder lists here along with World Heritage Sites!
The two go together near-perfectly — here’s what the New7Wonders FAQ says:
What is the relationship between New7Wonders the UN and Unesco?
New7Wonders has in the past worked with the United Nations, specifically with the United Nations Office For Partnerships. New7Wonders is not in partnership with Unesco, however, and there is a very good reason for this: due to its remit of cataloguing and long-listing world heritage locations, without being seen to favour some over others, Unesco is by statute not able to organise or endorse popular initiatives such as the New7Wonders campaigns. We see the activities of the UN and Unesco, and those of New7Wonders, as being totally complementary.
First up, the original 2007 New 7 Wonders of the World and the 14 other finalists:
✅ Chichén Itzá, Mexico — Pre-Hispanic City of Chichen-Itza
? Christ the Redeemer, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil — Rio de Janeiro: Carioca Landscapes between the Mountain and the Sea
✅ Colosseum, Rome, Italy — Historic Centre of Rome, the Properties of the Holy See in that City Enjoying Extraterritorial Rights and San Paolo Fuori le Mura
✅ Great Wall of China — The Great Wall
✅ Machu Picchu, Peru — Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu
✅ Petra, Jordan — Petra
✅ Taj Mahal, Agra, India — Taj Mahal
✅ Angkor Wat, Cambodia — Angkor
✅ Acropolis of Athens, Greece — Acropolis, Athens
✅ Alhambra, Granada, Spain — Alhambra, Generalife and Albayzín, Granada
✅ Eiffel Tower, Paris, France — Paris, Banks of the Seine
✅ Giza Pyramids, Egypt — Memphis and its Necropolis – the Pyramid Fields from Giza to Dahshur
✅ Hagia Sophia, Istanbul, Turkey — Historic Areas of Istanbul
✅ Kiyomizu-dera, Kyoto, Japan — Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto (Kyoto, Uji and Otsu Cities)
✅ Kremlin and Red Square, Moscow, Russia — Kremlin and Red Square, Moscow
? Moai Statues, Easter Island, Chile — Rapa Nui National Park
? Neuschwanstein Castle, Hohenschwangau, Germany — Dreams in Stone – the palaces of King Ludwig II of Bavaria: Neuschwanstein, Linderhof and Herrenchiemsee
✅ Statue of Liberty, New York, USA — Statue of Liberty
✅ Stonehenge, Wiltshire, UK — Stonehenge, Avebury and Associated Sites
? Sydney Opera House, Australia — Sydney Opera House
? Timbuktu, Mali — Timbuktu
So we’re not doing too bad there, 6 out of 7 on the Wonders and 16 out of 21 overall. We’ll go rearrange the place here with that as our Wonderlist start, and add the New 7 Wonders of Nature next!