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Kiyomizu Temple, a finalist for New 7 Wonders

Kiyomizu Temple in Kyoto (photo) has been selected as one of the 21 finalists for the New 7 Wonders of the World by the New 7 Wonders of the World Foundation (headquartered in Switzerland). The foundation comprises the world's noted experts in architecture and is selecting historical buildings that are wonders of the world. Kiyomizu Temple is the only candidate from Japan.
Given that the only one of the existing 7 Wonders of the World is the Pyramid of Giza in Egypt, the foundation, with the cooperation of UNESCO, plans to select 7 Wonders of the 21st century out of the World Heritage sites. It aims to understand these wonderments as shared knowledge of mankind and contribute to peace.
Kiyomizu Temple is the only wooden structure among the 21 finalists. Its structure, in which a spacious platform jets out into space only supported by hundreds of tall columns, was the reason for its selection as a finalist. Other finalists include the Easter Island Statues, the Great Wall of China, Machu Picchu (a garden in the air) in Peru and the Pyramid of Giza.
The foundation is inviting voting via the Internet or telephone from around the world. It will decide on the New 7 Wonders of the World on July 7, 2007.

For inquiries, please contact the New 7 Wonders of the World Foundation URL:
http://www.new7wonders.com
 
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