Stonehenge has beaten off competition from the London Eye, Greenwich Observatory and St Paul’s Cathedral to make it into a global poll to decide the new 7 wonders of the world.
The ancient stone circle on Salisbury Plain, Wiltshire, is among 21 sites nominated from a pool of 77 across the globe.
A worldwide vote is under way before the seven winners are announced on New
Year's Day 2007 and is being run by the New 7 Wonders Foundation based in Zurich, in Switzerland.
The sifting process has taken six years so far, since the initiative's launch in 2000.
The Great Pyramid of Giza in Egypt is the only ancient wonder still standing and has made it into the new shortlist as well.
The 21 finalists are: The Acropolis, Athens; Alhambra, Spain; Angkor,
Cambodia; Chichen Itza, Mexico; Christ Redeemer, Rio de Janeiro; Colosseum,
Italy; Easter Island statues, Chile; Eiffel Tower, France; Great Wall, China;
Hagia Sophia, Turkey; Kyomizu Temple, Japan; Kremlin, Russia; Machu Picchu,
Peru; Neuschwanstein Castle, Germany; Petra, Jordan; Pyramids of Giza, Egypt;
Statue of Liberty, Ne w York; Stonehenge, UK; Sydney Opera House, Australia; Taj
Mahal, India; Timbuktu, Mali.