In July 2007, the results of a global vote were announced naming seven new marvels to be celebrated and protected for future generations. Two-thousand years after the first list was named, 100 million people worldwide voted for the new list and here are the results:
Standing 38m tall and 30m wide, the reinforced concrete and soapstone statue of Christ weighs 635 tonnes. Located at the peak of the 700m Corcovado Mountain in Brazil's Tijuca Forest National Park, it is a very important symbol of the country's Christianity. It took five years to create, and immediately became one of the most iconic statues on earth.
Read the Rio de Janeiro factsheet
Built 80 years after the death of Jesus, nearly two millennia later its design has inspired the blueprints of virtually every modern-day sports stadium. It is certainly the high point of a family holiday to the Eternal City. Your children are bound to want to sign up for gladiator school at Scuola Gladiatori Roma. It's great fun and they will give you a photograph to take home. Please don't pay more than €5. If you would like a mini guided tour, ask the guides at the entrance to the Colosseum and skip the queues.
Read the Rome factsheet
The Incas built this mystical settlement in the 15th century, half-way up the Andes plateau. Building began in around 1430 AD. The City in the Clouds is 2430m above sea level and was abandoned after a smallpox outbreak. It remained "lost" for more than 300 years before being rediscovered in 1911 by Hiram Bingham, an American historian. The UNESCO World Heritage site is a most important tourist attraction.
Read the Machu Picchu factsheet
This engineering marvel is a symbol of the nation and historic treasure. It was built more than 2000 years ago by a series of emperors to repel foreign invaders. Stretching around 6400kms from Shanhaiguan in the east to Lop Nur in the west, it is estimated somewhere between 2 million and 3 million workers died during its construction. These days it attracts millions of visitors who are in awe of the brick, earth, stone, wood, tile and lime construction.
Read the Great Wall of China factsheet
The incredible pre-Columbian complex of temples on Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula served as the religious and economic centre of the Mayan civilisation until the eighth century. The towering pyramid of Kukulkan dominates the centre of Chichen. The step pyramid has a ground plan of square terraces with stairways up each side to the temple on top. At sunrise and sunset on the spring and autumn equinoxes, the corner of the structure casts a shadow in the shape of a plumed serpent Kukulkan or Quetzalcoatl.
Read the Mexican Pyramids factsheet
This extravagant monument to love was built in Agra in the 15th century. It was erected on the orders of Mughal emperor Shah Jahan to honour the memory of his wife Mumtaz Mahal. It is considered the finest example of Mughal architecture combining elements from Persian, Indian and Islamic styles. The white domed marble mausoleum is the most familiar component and it is all a UNESCO World Heritage site.
On the dark side, it is said that to ensure no other monument could ever be built to match his, Shah Jahan had the hands of all workers cut off, the calligraphers were blinded and the chief architect was beheaded.
Read the Taj Mahal factsheet
So, there are six. Dermott Brereton spent some time in Petra, Jordan, which is also on the list and we have devoted a segment to that New Wonder of the World.
Read the Petra factsheet
You can vote for Uluru and the Great Barrier Reef to be included in the official new Seven Wonders of Nature competition. Hundreds of natural icons worldwide are battling it out to become one of the final seven. Tourism Australia is rallying to make sure our own icons are recognised.
The 77 highest-ranking nominees will be assessed by a panel and just 21 finalists will be announced on July 21, 2009. The will proceed to the final stage of voting mid-2011.
Vote for Uluru and the Great Barrier Reef. Voting closes 7 July 2009.