Seven Wonders of Cities

On 01-15-15, Seven Wonders declared the winners for the Seven Wonders of Cities for the year 2015.  You are invited to discover and explore these amazing cities.  The original Seven Wonders of Cities was declared based on statitstical and traditional significance along with other polling.  It is fair to say that statistical and traditional significance played a part for the new winners, but public voting determined the outcome for 2015.

The Seven Wonders of Cities is an annual declaration of the best city tourism destinations in the world.  As noted above, the first collection of winning cities drew upon a variety of statistical factors, tavel polls, iconic landmark representation and a few other characteristics.  You were in charge of which cities won for 2015.  Five of the original winners were there again, however there were two newcomers to the list for 2015. 

Congratulations to each of these Seven Wonder Cities with a particular warm welcome to the two new cities of Tokyo and Singapore.  Voting for the Wonder Cities of 2016 starts today, so after discovering the winners of 2015 take a moment and make your voice known with a vote for 2016.

Your next step:  Vote for the Wonder Cities of 2016.  -  -  Share, Tweet, Pin and spread the word getting friends, families, and your community involved to help determine the winners for 2016.  Vote Here.

  • New York City
  • London
  • Paris
  • Tokyo
  • Sydney
  • Singapore
  • Istanbul


New York City was founded in 1624 and was originally named New Amsterdam.  The name changed in 1664 when the city fell under English control with the city serving as the capital of the United States between 1785 and 1790.

The city is frequently referred to as New York, New York or by the acronym NYC.  More affectionate nicknames of the city include:

    • The Big Apple
    • City of Dreams
    • City of Lights
    • Concrete Jungle
    • City that Never Sleeps

It is a city that greatly influences culture, technology, commerce, finance, media, arts, fashion, sports, education, entertainment and research.

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London was founded by the Romans, and was given the name Londinium.  The name London started serving as the name in the 19 th century.  It is the capital city of England and the entire United Kingdom.

The city of London is located in the southeastern part of England.  It sits on the Thames River.

London, like New York, It is a city that possesses tremendous amounts of influence in various industries including: culture, technology, commerce, finance, media, arts, fashion, sports, education, entertainment and research.

London Characteristics

Since 1889, “London” has collectively stood for the city, the County of London

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The first inhabitants of the city are dated back to 7500 BC.  Then name “Paris” comes from the historical residential Celtic tribe group known as the Parisii, with the early name being Lutetia of the Parisii or Lutetia for short.  Julian the Apostate renamed the city to Paris in the early 360s.

Paris is located just north of the center of the country on the Seine river.  The city sprawls widely on both sides of the river.  It is one of the most densely populated cities in the world.

Paris witnesses approximately 28 million tourists annually making it the third

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The city of Tokyo is actually a metropolitan prefecture, which involves characteristics of both a city and a prefecture.  This is one of the facets of Tokyo that makes it a unique city.

Tokyo is the capital of Japan, and as Tokyo Metropolis, it is one of the 47 prefectures of Japan.  Tokyo serves as the location for the Japanese government as well as the Imperial Palace which is home to the Japanese Imperial Family.

Tokyo was originally named Edo, which is translated "estuary."  Althought the name Tokyo was first suggested in 1813, it was not changed until 1868 when

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Captain Arthur Phillip founded Sydney in 1788 at Sydney Cover as the original British territory within the Australian continent boundaries.  No other iconic or wonder city can claim their origins as a penal colony.

Although not the closest city to the International Date Line, Sydney is the city the world turns to first to see how the date, day, or New Year is going to start.  The city represents the start of the day.

Sydney is located on the southeast coast of Australia near the Tasman Sea and serves as the state capital of New South Wales.

Australia is a

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Singapore, an island country, is a sovereign city-state.  Located at the southern tip of the Malay Peninsula, the city-country island is surrounded by approximately 60 other smaller islands that comprise together to form the country of Singapore.

Singapore is one of the world's majore commerical hubs.  The city features the third highest per capita income in the world.

Singapore was not one of the original wonder cities, but it is a welcomed and deserving "wonder city" winner for 2015.

Singapore Characteristics

Singapore is home to the majority of the countries 5.4 million population.  Singapore is a unitary multiparty parliamentary republic

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The original name of the city was Byzantium dating back to 660 BC.  The name Istanbul, which translates “to the city,” was officially adopted in 1930.

Istanbul is located in the northwestern park of Turkey extending across 2,063 square miles (5,343 sq km).  It is the 5 th most popular tourist destination in the world based on foreign visitors to the city.

There are over 11 million annual visitors to Istanbul making it the fifth most popular destination.

Istanbul is one of the most strategically located cities in the world serving as a gateway to Europe from Asia and to

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