Sunday, April 22, 2007

More re removal of Giza pyramids from New 7 Wonders

The pyramids of Giza have been removed from an Internet competition to name the new seven wonders of the world, but the anger of Egypt's antiquities chief remained unmollified on Thursday. Swiss-Canadian filmmaker Bernard Weber's contest to choose the seven new wonders of the world through global voting enraged Egyptian officials when the pyramids -- the one of the original wonder still standing -- were included in the competition. 'After careful consideration, the New 7 Wonders Foundation designates the Pyramids of Giza -- the only remaining of the 7 Ancient Wonders of the World -- as an Honorary New7Wonders Candidate,' said a statement on the website which added that votes could no longer be cast for the pyramids. . . . Thursday's move has done little to dim his anger over what he calls a crass 'publicity stunt.' 'We didn't ask anything from these people and we reject the tourist company that is trying to choose the seven wonders -- they are cheating the Egyptians,' Hawass told AFP, referring to Weber's organisation. 'I am against this subject totally. I cannot accept a Greek historian choosing the seven wonders of antiquity and have a tourist company choosing the new ones,' he added.
See the above page for the rest of the story.

The original statement from the New 7 Wonders Foundation can be found at:
Click on the pyramid image to go to the page concerned.

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