The seven wonders chosen in a global poll in which a hundred-million votes were said to have been cast online, by phone and by text message were announced one by one in random order towards the end of a glitzy ceremony in Lisbon.
First came the Great Wall of China, said to be the only monument visible from space. Its certificate was handed offer to Chinese officials by Neil Armstrong, the first man on the moon. Next up was Petra, the stone-carved ancient city in Jordan, whose royal family led a campaign for it. Rio de Janeiro's Statue of Christ the Redeemer also made the cut after an appeal by Brazil's president for his compatriots to vote. There were two other winners from the Americas - Machu Picchu in Peru and Chichen Itza in Mexico - representatives of ancient civilisations unknown to Antipater of Sidon, the Greek writer who drew up the original list of wonders two-thousand-two-hundred years ago. The last two wonders were Rome's Colosseum, described in its introduction as a symbol of joy and suffering, and the Taj Mahal. That was announced by Bollywood star Bipasha Basu who, along with Oscar-winning actors Ben Kingsley and Hilary Swank presented the ceremony.
The Pyramids at Giza, the only wonder on the original list still standing, had been made an honorary candidate, guaranteed a mention. But Egyptian officials shunned the whole initiative anyway as too commercial. At the ceremony's close, its Swiss organiser, Bernard Weber, announced his next initiative - a global poll on the seven natural wonders of the world.
Alison Roberts, BBC, Lisbon
khảo sát, biểu quyết, bầu chọn
in random order
theo thứ tự ngẫu nhiên
hào nhoáng và tốn kém
có thể nhìn thấy
made the cut
vượt qua được sự bầu chọn để lọt vào danh sách cuối cùng
đồng hương, đồng bào
được chỉ định, được nghĩ đến
được đặc biệt đưa vào danh sách mà không cần thông quan tiến trình bầu chọn chính thức nào
phớt lờ và khước từ