Inspired by last yearâ€™s international vote for the New 7 Wonders of the World and also the 7 Wonders of Portugal (which were both announced in Lisbon), Portugal is now conducting a vote for the seven Portuguese wonders around the world, officially called â€œ7 Wonders of Portuguese Origin in the World.â€ A total of 27 nominees have been selected, and now itâ€™s up to you to decide which ones are the seven most outstanding Portuguese constructions around the globe.
As you know, Portuguese explorers ended up in all corners of the planet, building forts, churches, and palaces along the way. Among the 27 nominees are constructions in Ethiopia, Kenya, Bahrain, Iran, and Malaysia, all places where the Portuguese made the first European contacts, but whose associations are usually forgotten.
Then there are the landmarks in Portugalâ€™s most important colonies, from Goaâ€™s iconic basilica in India, to the SÃ£o Bento Monastery in Brazilâ€™s Rio de Janeiro, to SÃ£o Paulo Cathedral in now Chinaâ€™s Macao.
To vote for your favorite check the following website (youâ€™ll have to decipher what it says, as itâ€™s only available in Portuguese): www.7maravilhas.sapo.pt
For the final results, check here on June 10th, 2009 when the seven winners will be announced. Thatâ€™s a very appropriate date, as itâ€™s the national Portugal Day holiday which also commemorates Luis de CamÃµes, the countryâ€™s most celebrated poet who glorified Portugalâ€™s conquests around the globe.
Portuguese communities around the world are also remembered on this date, with many of them throwing major celebrations. A big one is around the Portuguese communities in New Jersey in the United States, with New Yorkâ€™s Empire State Building across the Hudson River lit up in the colors of the Portuguese flag on that day, looking like yet another Portuguese wonder.
For an overview of Portugal’s Age of Discovery, click here.