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World's wonders revealed

A vote by over 100 million people from around the world has decided what the Seven Wonders of the World truly are.

At a ceremony in Lisbon on July 7th, the results of the votes were revealed.

Voters from over 200 countries named the Great Wall of China, Petra in Jordan, the Statue of Christ Redeemer in Brazil, Machu Picchu in Peru, Chichen Itza in Mexico, the Colosseum in Rome and the Taj Mahal.

Wonders which missed out on making the list included the Great Pyramid of Giza, the Acropolis in Athens, the Eiffel Tower, Angkor in Cambodia and the Moai statues of Easter Island.

Awarding the winners, founder and president of the New 7 Wonders Foundation, Bernard Weber, said that the online vote - thought to be the largest of its kind ever - was important.

He explained: "The people of the world have created global memory - seven things that everyone will remember."

The original Seven Wonders of the Ancient World were made up of attractions which travellers wanted to visit and it is likely that the new wonders will see more tourists as a result of the vote.

After the award, the foundation said that its next search would be for new Seven Wonders of the Natural World.

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