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Taj in last leg of new 7 wonders' race

According to New7wonders.com, the website of the organisers of the campaign to shortlist the new seven wonders of the world, votes polled from across the world so far place the Taj among the top seven.

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Updated:February 1, 2007, 8:22 PM IST
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Taj in last leg of new 7 wonders' race
According to New7wonders.com, the website of the organisers of the campaign to shortlist the new seven wonders of the world, votes polled from across the world so far place the Taj among the top seven.

New Delhi: The Taj Mahal might be declared a wonder of the world, thanks to the New7Wonders Foundation—a privately funded organisation that has put forward a shortlist of 21 landmarks from across the globe.

According to New7wonders.com, the website of the organisers of the campaign to shortlist the new seven wonders of the world, votes polled so far place the Taj among the top seven.

The New7Wonders Foundation, the body behind the New7Wonders campaign, made the announcement on January 31. The final nominations for new wonders of the world will be announced at a official declaration ceremony at Lisbon in Portugal on July 7.

The Colosseum, the Great Wall of China, Machu Picchu, Petra, the Pyramids of Giza and the statues of Eastern Island are among the other wonders that have made it to the top slot.

In order to check out the nominations first hand and to popularise the voting campaign, the New7wonders team has organised a world tour. As part of a tour, a hi-tech New7Wonders airship had soared over the marvel in white marble on December 5, 2006.

"Taj has been ranked for its beauty, purity and white ancient marble. I think its a celebration of what India has to offer to the world," founder of the New Seven Wonders Foundation Bernard Weber had said on his visit.

The Taj Mahal was built on the orders of Shah Jahan to honour the memory of his beloved late wife.

Built out of white marble, the Taj is regarded as the most perfect jewel of Muslim art in India. It is said that when he was later jailed, Shah Jahan could see the Taj Mahal from the window of his small cell.


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