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Dianas Peak, St Helena

St Helena to renew the list of 7 Wonders

This year marks a decade since the 7 Wonders of St Helena were announced. To celebrate the anniversary, St Helena Tourism is launching ‘St Helena’s Choice’, a campaign to identify the new list of Wonders.

Nominations are open from Friday 16 March until Friday 13 April, to be followed by a shortlisted final vote.

Here’s a look back at the 2008 winners:

Diana’s Peak National Park

Diana’s Peak is the highest point on St Helena, being an impressive 823m above sea level. The National Park is home to exotic flora and fauna, including many endemic species and dense tree fern thickets.

Longwood House

Longwood House was Napoleon’s home during the last years of his life. He took up residence here on 10th December 1815 and died six years later while still a prisoner on the island.  Today it is a museum owned by the French Government, featuring exhibits including his death mask, portraits and original furniture. It’s arguably the best Napoleonic Museum in the world.

Longwood House, St Helena

Napoleon’s Tomb

The second Napoleonic attraction, Napoleon’s Tomb in Geranium Valley/ Sane Valley is where the great commander chose for his final resting place in 1821. He came across Sane Valley on one of his walks and was delighted with the peaceful landscapes. In 1840, his body was returned to France and placed in the Hotel des Invalides in Paris.

Napoleons tomb, St Helena

Heart Shaped Waterfall

A romantic natural wonder, the Heart-shaped Waterfall is an iconic landmark where water cascades through the middle of a heart shaped cliff face.

Heart shaped waterfall, St Helena

High Knoll Fort

Built in 1790 as a redoubt for the island population in the event of an invasion, High Knoll Fort features a perfect view across St Helena. High Knoll has a dry moat and drawbridge, with signs of a portcullis, storehouses, tower and embrasures with slit walls.

High Knoll Fort, St Helena

St James’ Church

St Helena has the oldest Anglican Church in the Southern Hemisphere dating from 1774. This beautiful church is a prominent feature in Jamestown. A visit inside will reveal plaques and tablets depicting the fascinating history of the island.

St James Church, St Helena

Jacob’s Ladder

Are you ready to walk up the 699 steps of Jacob’s Ladder? This landmark of the island’s capital, Jamestown, was built in 1832 and stretches 900ft high! If you conquer the Ladder then grab yourself a certificate from the Museum of St Helena.

Jacobs Ladder nightscape, St Helena

Stay tuned! We will be announcing the top contenders who will go through to round two for the final listing.

Join the Facebook discussion here.

3 Responses

  • Ian Mathieson

    How extraordinary that the only thing of international significance – Jonathan, supposedly the oldest land animal in the world, is not on this list.

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  • Nicola

    Hi Ian, if memory serves, he came pretty close! Let’s see if he’s got a few more fans this time that’ll vote for him. 🙂

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  • Jarred Haulter

    WONDERFUL Post.thanks for share..more wait .. …

    Reply

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