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As New Wonders contest nears end, Peru’s Machu Picchu firmly among top 10

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(LIP-jl) — With the end of the New7Wonders contest less than 30 days away, the foundation in charge of the contest has released a list of the top 10 vote getters, with Peru’s Inca sanctuary of Machu Picchu firmly among the leaders.

In fact, Latin America is well represented as the foundation listed Peru’s Machu Picchu, Mexico’s Chichen Itza Mayan pyramid, Brazil’s Christ Redeemer, and Chile’s Easter Island statues among the favorites to be christened as a New 7 Wonder.

The remaining sites on the foundation’s top 10 are: (in alphabetical order) the Acropolis (Greece), the Eiffel Tower (France), the Great Wall of China, Petra (Jordan), the Roman Coliseum (Italy), and the Taj Mahal (India).

The sites that did not crack the top 10 are: Alhambra (Spain), Angkor (Cambodia), Hagia Sophia (Turkey), the Kiyomizu Temple (Japan), Neuschwanstein Castle (Germany), St. Basil/Kremlin (Moscow), the Statue of Liberty (United States), Stonehenge (United Kingdom), the Sydney Opera House (Australia), and Timbuktu (Mali).

The New 7 Wonders of the World will be announced during the Official Declaration ceremony in Lisbon, Portugal on Saturday, July 7, 2007 – 07.07.07.

Seven global personalities such as the US’s Neil Armstrong and Portugal’s Christiano Ronaldo will be part of the culmination ceremony that officially ends the contest spearheaded by Swiss philanthropist Max Weber.

**If you have not done so yet, please cast your vote for Peru’s fabled Inca citadel Machu Picchu at the New7Wonders officials site here (link).

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