Alhambra set on becoming a world wonder
31 July 2006, GRANADA – The Alhambra is aiming to beat off stiff world competition to be named one of the world’s seventh new wonders.
31 July 2006
GRANADA – The Alhambra is aiming to beat off stiff world competition to be named one of the world’s seventh new wonders.
The palace in Granada is one of 21 finalists competing in a competition to find the world’s landmark sites which are the modern equivalents to the seven wonders of the ancient world.
This week, the Alhambra authorities installed two terminals with internet connection in a bid to encourage the monument’s 8,000 daily visitors to vote for it.
A phone line for voting for the Spanish contender has also been set up 806.51.57.01 and next month, a special delegation is being sent to Granada to help promote the palace.
The Alhambra has until 7 July next year to attract more votes than its competitors which include the Acropolis in Athens, the Ankor temples in Cambodia, the ancient Mexican city of Chichen Itza, the Christ Redeemer in Rio Janeiro, the Colosseum in Rome, the Easter Island Statues in Chile and the Eiffel Tower in Paris.
The other nominees are Britain’s Stonehenge, the Great Wall of China, Hagia Sophia church in Istambul, the Japanese temple Kyomizu, the Moscow Kremlin, Machu Pichu in Peru, the German castle of Neuschwanstein, the Statute of Liberty, the Giza pyramids in Egypt, Sydney Opera House, the Taj Mahal and the city of Timbuktu in Mali.
The winner will be picked by a jury headed by ex Unesco director Federico Mayor Zaragoza which will consider the number of votes received as well as the architectural and cultural value of a monument.
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