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Monday, December 06, 2004

the seven wonders

The basic list of the Seven Wonders of the World was drawn up in 140 BC by a Greek writer and poet Antipator of Sidon.
It has now been reported that out of the original Seven Wonders of the World, only the pyramid of Giza remain. Gone are the hanging gardens of Babylon, the statue of Zeus at Olympus, the Colossus of Rhodes, the temple of Artemis, the Mausoleum of Halicarnassus. Hence, a Swiss adventurer Bernard Weber is having a go at defining a new set of ‘seven wonders’ that may see us through for the next 2000 odd years.
What should find mention in this new list?
Yes, some of the wonders proposed for inclusion are undisputed like the Great Wall of China, the Eiffel Tower of Paris, the Leaning Tower of Pisa and our very own Taj Mahal. But then, if the Red Square of Kremlin is to be included, the Tinneman Square of Beijing and the Hyde Park of London should also feature in the proposed list. Holy places could also be included like the richest temple at Tirupathi or the Golden Temple of Amritsar. Similarly, the Golden gate bridge of San Francisco and the longest railway platform at Kharagpur should be contenders. Like the ‘Chunnel’ – the underwater railway link for crossing the English Channel. It is an engineering marvel. It is 32 miles long and runs approximately 500 feet below the sea bad. Inaugurated in 1994, it has ferried more than 15 million people till date. The normal journey over land between London and Brussels takes the better part of a day whereas the ‘Chunnel’ completes the journey in just 2 hours and 40 minutes – out of which it travels under water for only 35 minutes.
These are all permanent structures and should hold for another 2000 years.
The Trans Siberian Railway from China through Mongolia and Siberia and on to Europe certainly deserves a mention. Of course, if the wonders pertain to only static wonders then this is ruled out.


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