Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Seven Wonders of Ukraine

The Seven Wonders of Ukraine are historical and cultural monuments located in Ukraine. To determine which landmarks would be considered, the Seven Wonders of Ukraine contest was held in July, 2007. Voting consisted of experts in Ukraine voting for their seven best sites, along with internet users who were allowed to vote for their seven favorite sites on the official website. A list of 1,000 possible candidates was composed and was later narrowed down to 21 by an expert council consisting of historians, culturologists and tourist specialists. Official voting opened on July 7th and was closed on August 21, 2007. During this time approximately 77,000 internet users voted on the campaign.

The results:

1st: Sofiyivsky Park in Uman, Cherkasy Oblast

2nd:Kiev Pechersk Lavra (Monastery of the Caves) in Kiev

3rd:Kamianets-Podilskyi Historical Complex in Kamianets-Podilskyi, Khmelnytskyi Oblast

4th:Khortytsia in Zaporizhia, Zaporizhia Oblast

5th:Chersonesos in Sevastopol

6th:Saint Sophia Cathedral in Kiev

7th: Khotyn Fortress in Khotyn, Chernivtsi Oblast

I had never noticed that there have been multiple 'Seven Wonders of the World'. A few that I found are the Seven Wonders of the Medieval World, Seven Wonders of the Modern World, Seven Wonders of the Natural World and Seven Wonders of the Industrial World. I find that it is only appropriate that Ukraine adds their beautiful Seven Wonders to the list!

The 7 Medieval wonders: Stonehenge, Colosseum, Catacombs of Kom el Shaqafa, Great Wall of China, Porcelain Tower of Nanjing, Hagia Sophia, Leaning Tower of Pisa.

The 7 Natural Wonders: Grand Canyon, Great Barrier Reef, Harbor of Rio de Janeiro, Mt. Everest, Aurorae, Paricutin Volcano, Victoria Falls

The 7 Industrialwonders : SS Great Eastern, Bell Rock Lighthouse, Brooklyn Bridge, London sewerage system, First Transcontinental Railroad, Panama Canal, Hoover Dam

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Evan Goldman said...

This is a great post. Some really interesting stuff, and beautiful pictures. While I don't know if they compare to the "Seven Wonders of the World," it surely is great to see some nice pictures from just one country. Thanks for the post.

petersds said...

St Sophia's Cathedral is beautiful!! I think it is interesting to see the Russian inspired domes on the cathedral, and goes to show how the cultures of Ukraine are many!

Lydia said...

I think it's great how there are so many different aspects of Ukraine. If you look at the Seven Wonders of Ukraine, there are beautiful displays of architecture as well as great landscapes and parks. This post really demonstrated the diversity of the country. Thanks for the post!

Dan Nye said...

The Saint Sophia cathedral is especially beautiful. The Haghia Sophia in Constantinople is even nicer, and much much larger. No doubt that is what it was modeled after. Sophia means "wisdom" but obviously this church is dedicated to the eastern saint, not the virtue.

hwangbo said...

Khortytsia is just stunning! I loved all the pictures and enjoyed getting to know them. It makes me want to go explore Ukraine right now!