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Seven cities named new urban wonders of the world

The Petronas Towers soar above the skyline in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

The Petronas Towers soar above the skyline in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.  (iStock)

Modern man has created stunning sky-high architecture and epic international centers. To honor these historic accomplishments, Bernanrd Weber, a filmmaker from Switzerland, set out to name the top seven cities in the world. [image]

The campaign for New7WondersCities began as a project to help cities identify various challenges of the future including “urban planning to metropolitan governance, from tourism to architecture.”

Last October, 28 finalists were announced and through a series of eliminations, the winners were finally whittled down to just seven. The final announcement was made on Dec. 7 in Dubai.

The cities' project is the third “New Wonders” initiatives undertaken by Weber who recently named the “New 7 Wonders of the World” and “New 7 Wonders of Nature.”

According to the official website, millions of voters from around the participated online.

Weber made the announcement via video:

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Check out the final seven and plan a trip to see one of these urban wonders.

--Beirut, Lebanon

--Doha, Qatar

--Durban, South Africa

--Havana, Cuba

--Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

--La Paz, Bolivia

--Vigan, Philippines