Monday, November 23, 2009

New 7 Wonders of the World on Gibraltar Stamps

The New Seven Wonders of the World is a project that attempts to revive the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World concept with a list of modern wonders.The origin of the idea of seven wonders of the world dates back to Herodotus (484 BC - 425 BC) and Callimachus (305 BC - 240 BC), who made lists which included the Great Pyramid of Giza, Hanging Gardens of Babylon, Statue of Zeus at Olympia, Temple of Artemis at Ephesus, Mausoleum of Maussollos at Halicarnassus, Colossus of Rhodes and Lighthouse of Alexandria. Only the Great Pyramid of Giza is still standing. The other six were destroyed by earthquake, fire or other reasons. The 7 New Wonders are the Colosseum (Italy); Christ Redeemer statue (Brazil); the Great Wall of China; Petra (Jordan); Chichen Itza (Mexico); Machu Picchu (Peru) and the Taj Mahal in India.
The New 7 Wonders Foundation, which is behind the New 7 Wonders campaigns, has the express aim of undertaking documentation and conservation works of monuments worldwide under the motto:"OUR HERITAGE IS OUR FUTURE"New7Wonders calls on all citizens of the world to support itThrough film, television, the Internet and books, people shall be sensitized to the beauty of the world’s heritage, both man-made and natural, and be alerted of its destruction and decay. In artnership with the Official N7W, tthe Gibraltar Philatelic Bureau has issued a magnificent set of stamps and a Maxi Card Collection which features all of the New Seven Wonders of the World. This is a highly collectible item! (Thanks Gibraltar Post).

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