The Seven wonders of the Ancient World is an internationally and historically renowned list of famous structures built by our list-loving ancestors, such as the Great Pyramid of Giza and the Statue of Zeus at Olympia. Now, a new global initiative has sought to put a modern spin on this traditional list, by identifying seven of the world’s urban wonders.
The New7Wonders project was created by filmmaker and explorer Bernard Weber, who said that the competition aimed to “showcase cities that best represent the achievements and aspirations of our global urban civilisation” whilst providing a forum for discussion on everything from urban planning to tourism and governance.
Hundreds of millions of votes were cast from around the globe, with the competition beginning with more than 1,200 cities nominated from 220 countries. The seven cities chosen mirror the drastically changing landscape of our world – with Durban voted among the seven.
Often referred to as South Africa’s friendliest city and home to the busiest port in Africa, Durban beat the likes of finalist cities such as Istanbul, London, and Seoul for a place in the top seven. With a warm ocean, exceptional surf, proximity to stunning natural sights, and flourishing nightlife, Durban certainly makes for a great destination.
This is not however Africa’s first award from the New7Wonders Foundation, with Cape Town being nominated as one of the New7Wonders of Nature in 2011.