And the "Seven Wonders of the World"...

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...were announced today in a global poll of about 100 million people. Here's the list:

the Taj Mahal, in India

the Colosseum, in Italy

the Great Wall of China

Machu Picchu, in Peru

the Chichen Itza pyramid, in Mexico

the Statue of Christ Redeemer, in Brazil

Petra, in Jordan

The "eighth" wonder of the world is the Pyramids at Giza, in Egypt. It's the only surviving wonder of the seven wonders compiled by Greek mathematician Philon of Byzantium in 200 B.C. [Source: International Herald-Tribune]

The voting process was criticized because multiple voting was allowed. The poll organizer, I Media Corporation, received money whenever people voted by text message, a more common practice in other countries. The poll was also

attacked as unscientific by UNESCO, the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization.

Earlier: Find out which wonders of the world were picked by Budget Travel's readers. Scroll down through the comments of our earlier blog post.

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