This was the thought of Bernard Weber and the Swiss foundation that together ran a campaign to create a fresh top seven, based on a worldwide poll that saw over 100 million people cast their votes. The results were announced to loud applause from some corners and heckles from others who lost out.
The monuments that made the final cut are all landmarks that many of us will recognise in an instant and hardly need an introduction. You might even feel you know these places without ever having visited them. So here are some fascinating facts, figures and truths about each that may make you think again.