Portugal’s 7 wonders unveiled

The ancient Basilica of Bom Jesus in Goa, India and the Fortress of Diu were among two of seven monuments selected as the Wonders of the World of Portuguese Origin at a gala ceremony in Portimão on Thursday.

The sites were chosen by a quarter of a million votes cast online, by phone and text message.

At the ceremony, in the presence of New 7 Wonders Founder and President Bernard Weber, a new Portugal-related campaign was announced for 2010 to select the 7 Natural Wonders of Portugal.

This initiative will link in with the ongoing global campaign to choose the official New 7 Wonders of Nature, hosted by the New 7 Wonders Foundation.

Voting for the 7 Wonders of Portuguese Origin attracted 239,418 votes and the seven selected sites worldwide were: Basilica of Bom Jesus (Goa, India), Fortress of Diu (India), Fortress of Mazagão (Morocco), Old Town of Santiago (Cape Verde), Church of Saint Paul (Macau), Convent of Saint Francis of Assisi (Brazil) and the Convent of St. Francis (Brazil).

The President of the New 7 Wonders Portugal, Luís Segadães, said in Portimão that the “initiative demonstrates the pride that we, Portuguese or not, have in our shared history, roots and culture.”