“New seven wonders” vote condemned

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Lisbon

Following a global campaign and an online vote by members of the public, the new ‘seven wonders of the world’ were announced in Lisbon by the New7Wonders Foundation. They include the Great Wall of China, the Palace Tombs of Petra, the archaeological sites Machu Picchu and Chichen Itza and the Taj Mahal. However, UNESCO condemned the competition as a ‘mediatised campaign’, claiming that the shortlist was too limited to be useful. There are also concerns that publicity resulting from the competition could lead to a damaging increase in visitor numbers at vulnerable archaeological sites.