Geo Quiz: Welcome to a world of wonders

Sunday, Jan. 18, 2009 2:29 AM

Ever been to the Acropolis in Greece?

The Eiffel Tower or the Sydney Opera House?

How about England's Stonehenge or Turkey's Hagia Sophia or Japan's Kiyomizu?

Or, more likely, the Statue of Liberty?

If you've been to any of the above, then you've seen a loser. Wow, that was kind of harsh, wasn't it?

Let's rephrase that. You've seen one of the 21 finalists in the New 7 Wonders of the World contest, whose seven winners were announced July 7, 2007, in Lisbon, Portugal.

So, I don't know about you, but I've got some serious traveling to do.

The New 7 Wonders of the World is made up of six places where I've never been but would love to go, and just one structure that I've toured in person.

And voting is under way for the New 7 Wonders of Nature. The Grand Canyon is the closest of the 261 nominees. The first round of voting will pare this field to 77.

Meanwhile, the recent selection of the seven man-made wonders attracted around 100 million votes, according to the Swiss-based organizers.

Undoubtedly many people voted more than once.

Personally, I voted 10,000 times for that building just south of Cemetery Hill that you can see from downtown Durango, but I guess it wasn't enough.

Oh, well.

So, here are questions about the New 7 Wonders of the World.

(Answers on Page 11C.)1. There's a pyramid on the list, but it's not in Egypt. Chichén Itzá, finished before 800 A.D., can be found in what country? It served as the political and economic center for what civilization?

2. Completed in 1931, this is by far the most modern of the New 7 Wonders. This statue of Jesus stands some 38 meters tall. What is it called and where is it?

3. It's nearly 2,000 years old, but still a centerpiece in the midst of a bustling European city. What is it, and in what city?

4. This structure, supposedly the only human-built structure visible from space, was begun in 220 B.C. and finished from 1368-1644 A.D. What is it, and in what country?

5. This immense mausoleum was built of white marble on the orders of Shah Jahan, the fifth Muslim Mogul emperor, to honor the memory of his beloved late wife. It was finished in 1630. Also, name the country.

6. This place's most elaborate ruin, Al Khazneh ("the Treasury"), is hewn into a sandstone cliff. It was built from 9 B.C. to 40 A.D. in a Middle East country. Name the site and the country.

7. In the 15th century, the Emperor Pachacútec built this city in the clouds on "old mountain." Name the site and the country it's in.

8. Timbuktu was another finalist that didn't make it. In what country and continent would you find it?

9. Is it a longer way from here to Tipperary or Timbuktu?

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