Havana among finalist cities in third world-wide voting of New7Wonders

In the last years has been said much of New7Wonders first by the vote of the world for setting the new seven wonders of the world (the Christ Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro, the great wall of China, the ancient city of Petra, the Inca Citadel of Machu Picchu, the Chichen Itza pyramid, the Roman Coliseum and the Taj Mahal), and then, in 2011, with a total of 500 million votes, in 2007, after 100 million votes, the seven wonders of nature (Amazon, Ha Long Bay, waterfalls of Iguazu, Jeju Island, Komodo, Palawan underground river and Table Mountain).

Even if it's a particular process by voting online, where many Governments and organizations become even campaigning to make their national vote for their own candidates to wonders, Havana has crept among the 21 finalists, despite the fact that very little has been said here this new contest of New7Wonders and low connectivity on the island.

(So those who want to support to Havana from now on, see new7wonders.com).

On Monday, announcing the 21 finalist cities, the President of the Swiss Foundation, Bernard Weber, said that the diversity of the cities that continue to struggle to attract more votes is "remarkable in terms of regional geography and urban culture".

The 21 finalists defined by the millions of votes are, in alphabetical order: Bangkok, Barcelona, Beirut, Chicago, Doha, Durban, Havana, Istanbul, Kuala Lumpur, La Paz, London, Mendoza, of Mexico City, Bombay, Perth, Quito, Reykjavik, Petersburg, Seoul, Shenzhen and Vigan.

According to the official website of New7Wonders, the campaign to define the seven new cities wonders began in 2012 with more than 1,200 nominations in 220 countries.

From the 77 drop-outs among the first 300 chosen in qualifying, New 7 Wonders Cities experts' panel suggested the selection of 28 candidate cities to be finalists, a list which was released in October of 2013.

In alphabetical order, include Athens, Greece; Bangkok, Thailand; Barcelona, Spain; Beirut, Lebanon; Casablanca, Morocco; Chicago, USA.UU.; Doha, Qatar; Durban, South Africa; Havana, Cuba; Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam; Istanbul, Turkey; Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; Kyoto, Japan; La Paz, Bolivia; London, United Kingdom; Mendoza, Argentina; City of Mexico, Mexico; Mumbai, India; Perth, Australia; Phnom Penh, Cambodia; Prague, Czech Republic; Quito, Ecuador; Reykjavik, Iceland; St. Petersburg, Russia; Seoul, Korea South; Shenzhen, China; Vancouver, Canada, and Vigan, Filipinas.

That list of 28 cities was lightened to 21 in a new phase of vote, whose results were made known this Monday, July 7, with Havana between the chosen.

Other three phases of voting requires until, finally, seven new cities wonders of the world are revealed on December 7, chosen after a long process for hundreds of millions of votes across the world.

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