Petra is my personal favourite among the 21 finalists for the New Seven Wonders of the World. Queen Rania of Jordan told reporters that Jordanians are proud to be custodians of "the stunning heritage of the Nabatean people." "Indeed, we feel that many of our modern Jordanian national characteristics are notably similar to those of the ancient Nabateans," the Queen remarked. "Like them, we have carved out a unique role as a bridge between diverse regions and cultures. And, like them, we are a peaceful culture committed to international commerce and dialogue. The magical rose-red city of Petra is like nothing else on earth. It is a remarkable testimony to the human spirit, etched for all time in sandstone and shale."
Other finalists for the New Seven Wonders of the World include the Great Pyramids of Giza, Egypt; Angkor Wat, Cambodia; the Parthenon, Greece; the Coliseum, Rome; the Taj Mahal, India; Stonehenge, England; the Eiffel Tower and the Statue of Liberty. To vote for your seven favourites, go here.