Around 100 million Internet and telephone voters participated in a poll to select the new Seven Wonders of the World, among which are India’s Taj Mahal marble mausoleum, the Great Wall of China, Brazil’s Statue of Christ the Redeemer, Peru’s Machu Picchu Inca trail and Mexico’s Chichen Itza pyramid.

The announcement was made at a star-studded ceremony .

As soon as Bollywood star Bipasha Basu exclaimed “Oh my god, it’s the Taj Mahal!” in Lisbon, millions of eager Indians who had been glued to their TV sets in the early hours Sunday watching the function jumped in joy as the 17th century monument of love was selected among a list of new Seven Wonders of the World.

The Taj Mahal

An icon of love, the Taj Mahal is a mausoleum located in Agra, India. The Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan commissioned it for his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal. Its construction began in 1632 and was completed in approximately 1648.

Built out of white marble and standing in formally laid-out walled gardens, the Taj Mahal is regarded as the most perfect jewel of Muslim art in India.