What exactly is a Wonder Marker?
Wonder Markers are specially designed signposts that will be placed at each of the sites of the New 7 Wonders of the World and the New 7 Wonders of Nature. The signposts will make it easy for visitors of these sites to understand the respective distance between the Wonders and Expo 2020 Dubai. The goal is to spread knowledge and awareness of the Wonders, allowing people to appreciate the whole canon of Wonders as a formal entity. Bernard Weber, the President and Founder of New7Wonders, stresses the unifying strength of the Wonder Markers: “By actively participating with hundreds of millions of votes, people from around the world have defined and given us the official New 7 Wonders of the past two thousand years. And by doing so, all the participants have also created what I call Global Memory: a canon of 7 things that every human being can and will remember in the future. These are great symbols of unity which respect and celebrate the cultural and natural diversity on our planet. At Expo 2020 Dubai, where a great number of nations come together, the unveiling of the Wonder Markers connects the heart of Expo directly with all the Wonders across our world.”
Which Wonder Markers were unveiled on February 7, 2022?
On February 7, 2022, several Wonder Markers were unveiled at the Expo 2020 Dubai.
- At 13:30, the Wonder Marker that is to be placed at Chichén Itzá was unveiled at the Mexican pavilion.
- At 15:00, the Wonder Marker that is to be placed by the Puerto Princesa Underground River was unveiled at the Philippines pavilion.
- At 16:00, the Wonder Marker that is to be placed by Iguazu Falls was unveiled at the Argentina Pavilion.
- At 18:30, the Wonder Markers that are to be placed next to the statue of Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janiero and by the Brazilian portion of the Amazon and Iguazu Falls were unveiled at the Brazil pavilion.
- The Wonder Marker that will be placed by Machu Picchu was unveiled at the official dinner that was held at the Peru pavilion at 20:00.
The Peruvian dinner was inspired by the cuisine of Cusco and Machu Picchu. It was prepared by Qori Pacha, which specializes in succulent Peruvian dishes made with quality ingredients. The President of New7Wonders, Bernard Weber, said of the event: “Cultural diversity, of course, is not only perceived with human-made monuments and structures. It also includes the wide variety of culinary traditions that exist around the world — the things we eat every day in different places, on different continents every day!” These words remind us of the importance of togetherness. By connecting the Wonders, a network of collective value and understanding emerges, paving the path towards a bright future together.