Monday, July 16, 2007

New 7 Wonders of the World

The New 7 Wonders of the World were announced during the Official Declaration ceremony on July 7, 2007 (07.07.07) in Lisbon, Portugal.

Brazil's Statue of Christ Redeemer, Peru's Machu Picchu, Mexico's Chichen Itza pyramid, the Great Wall of China, Jordan's Petra, the Colosseum in Rome and India's Taj Mahal were named the new Seven Wonders of the World.

None from Mongolia, a nation that has ever built the largest empire on the globe during the 13th century stretching from Baltic to Yellow Sea, from Arctic to Indian Oceans. How many architectural masterpieces have we built? This is a disadvantage of the nomadic civilization we have compared to a settled civilization. But I think two of them are related to us, Mongolia.
First, of course, the Great Wall of China. US President Richard Nixon said during his China visit at Badaling, the Great Wall of China.

"This is a Great Wall and only a great people with a great past could have a great wall and such a great people with a such a great wall will surely have a great future."
B.Rinchen (1905-1977), an academician, great philologist, and linguist of Mongolia, said in return during his China visit at Badaling.
"Only the people with greater past could have made them to build this wall and such great people with such the greater past will surely have the greatest future." [unofficial translation]
You can find this quote as a foreword on the Baabar's History of Mongolia. Surely, China built this wall to protect themselves against the threat from their northern neighbor.

Second is Taj Mahal, built by a Mongolian Emperor. Indian historians still assert that the Moghul Kingdom, which was reining India for over centuries, had a Mongolian origin.
It was built by the Moghul Emperor, Shah Jahan, in memory of his wife Mumtaz Mahal in 22 years (1631 to 1653) by 20,000 artisans brought to India from all over the world.
Once, a visiting Mongolian President at the Taj Mahal amazed to see similarity of top part of the Mongolian Soyombo symbol and finial of the Taj Mahal: moon, sun and flame.
Even now you can see Mongolian names like "Esonzev" ( nine knives ) at the wall of the Kings Palace which is 5 km from the Taj Mahal. The shape of wall of the Palace is reminiscent of Mongolian ger decorations.

Now, is accepting nominations for New 7 Wonders of Nature. I nominated Mongolia's Yoliin Am (or Eagle Valley) and Uvs Lake. Nominate yours.