Bulgaria Belogradchik Rocks Down to 4th Place in New 7 Wonders Ranking
The miraculous rock formations near the northwest Bulgarian town of Belogradchik moved down one place to fourth position in the global campaign to select the world's new Seven Wonders.
Bulgaria's Belogradchik Rocks are behind Serbia's Davolja Varos ("Devil's Cave"), Colca Canyon in Peru, and now behind Sumidero Canyon in Mexico.
The "Devil's Cave" is steadily holding the first place for the last two months.
The initiative committee in support of the Belogradchik Rocks is urging all Bulgarians and Bulgaria lovers to vote for the Bulgarian bidder on the website of the campaign, new7wonders.com.
People can now also vote via the phone. An international phone line - 0041 77 312 40 41 has been opened for those wishing to cast their vote by phone. The Belogradchik Rocks code is 404.
The voting closes on July 7.
The Belogradchik Rocks are competing with 260 other landmarks from 220 nations all across the world. The global campaign is organized by a Switzerland-based NGO.
77 of the 261 bidders will be selected as finalists by the end of July 2009 through online voting at new7wonders.com. The winners, i.e. the world's new Seven Wonders will become known in 2011.
The Belogradchik Rocks are miraculous sandstone and limestone rock formations of up to 200 m in height with various shapes resulting from erosion. They form a strip which is 30 km in length and 3 km in width in the northwestern part of the Stara Planina (Balkan) Mountain.
Every single rock is named after a real object that it resembles. The rock range varies in color. The Belogradchik Rocks were declared a natural landmark in 1949. The ancient Belogradchik fortress is also located among the rocks.
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