This just in. Mexico's Mesoamerican masterpiece, the pyramids at Chichen Itza, have been voted one of the new "7 Wonders of the World." Spectaculo, Estupendo, Goooool Mexico. Congratulations to the millions of citizens around the world who voted for this masterpiece, which joins Peru's Machu Pichu on the new list just announced about an hour ago.
The other "Wonders" making the A-list of 7 include: The Great Wall of China, The Taj Mahal, Rome's Colusseum, the Petra ruin in Jordon; and inexplicably, Rio's enormous (and gauche) statue of Christ the Redeemer. No accounting for taste there. As religious symbols go, my vote went to Instanbul's Grand Mosque, which in addition to being more beautiful has considerable historic value.