Tuesday, June 05, 2007

Egypt says no pyramids on Portuguese stamps

According to Reuters, "Egypt has refused to allow images of its pyramids to be used on a Portuguese postal stamp featuring sites in a competition to name the new seven wonders of the world."

The Middle East News Agency (MENA) quoted Zahi Hawass, Egypt's antiquities chief, as saying the pyramids at Giza should not be used on stamps issued for commercial purposes or included in a competition that is not based on scientific standards.

The Zurich-based New 7 Wonders Foundation removed the pyramids from the competition it is sponsoring after their inclusion sparked an outcry in Egypt.The organisation, established by Swiss/Canadian filmmaker Bernard Weber, instead lists the pyramids - the only original wonder of the world to have survived to the present day - as an honorary candidate for which the public cannot vote.

Twenty-one sites from different historical periods around the world are still in the race, among them the Acropolis in Greece, the Statue of Liberty in the United States, France's Eiffel Tower, and the Kremlin and Red Square in Russia.

The public can vote online on http://www.new7wonders.com/ with the winners to be announced on July 7 in Lisbon.

For more on the pyramids and stamps, click here.
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posted by Don Schilling at 12:01 AM