The Seven Wonders of the Ancient World

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There’s always something about the Seven Wonders of the World, from environmental wonders to the just plain mysterious. Let’s go back in time to some of the old school Wonders that made it all the way through the grapevine to the 21st century, and are still admired today, even if most of them are in ruins.

1) The Great Pyramids of Giza

Hey, we’ve all heard of this one! Those big triangle things in Egypt have been on the Wonder list for a REALLY long time, even cracking the ancient and modern list! The Great Pyramid was actually built as a great tomb supposedly for the Pharoah Khufu so he could have a nice safe place to journey to the Underworld. These pyramids keep on making it to the Wonder list, cause they are the biggest pyramids in the world.

Those wonderful triangle wonders

Those wonderful triangle wonders

2) The Hanging Gardens of Babylon

Now, I say Babylon, but researchers aren’t that sure of it’s actual whereabouts. Check out this article stating that the Gardens were actually in Nineveh in Assyria (modern day Iraq). The gardens were originally ordered by King Nebuchadnezzar II in Babylon, but maybe it was King Sennacherib from Nineveh. Basically no one really knows if they even existed, but the massive gardens have been documented and there are loads of ancient drawings of it, so who knows, that’s the mystery.

The Hanging Gardens of Babylon, wait, Nineveh...

The Hanging Gardens of Babylon, wait, Nineveh…

3) The Temple of Artemis

The thrice built Temple of the Greek Goddess was located in Ephesus in the 7th century BC, and was apparently one of the most spectacular and beautiful of the Wonders. It was built three times due to a flood and arson. Only fragments of the site remain.

Looks nice!

Looks nice!

4) The Statue of Zeus

This massive seated structure dedicated to Zeus was made by the sculptor Phidias in the 5th Century BC. It was made with ivory and gold and jewelled with precious stones, ebony and ivory. It was later destroyed in the 5th Century AD, and is only recorded by ancient drawing and pictures on coins.

The big kahuna - Zeus

The big kahuna – Zeus

5) Mausoleum at Halicarnassus

This massive tomb was erected for the Persian Mausolus and his wife/sister Artemisia II of Caria. It was 45m in height and was covered in decorated reliefs. It was said to be an aesthetical triumph and made a Wonder of the world.

The Massive Mausoleum

The Massive Mausoleum

6) The Colossus of Rhodes

This was a massive half naked statue of the Titan Helios that stood over the harbour of Rhodes. It was constructed when Rhodes triumphed over the ruler of Cyprus. No doubt it would seem a bit daunting the superstitious ancient peeps seeing a 30m high god, but it was eventually destroyed by an earthquake in 226 BC. It was the biggest statue of the ancient world.

Not bad. At least his 'bits' are covered.

Not bad. At least his ‘bits’ are covered.

7) The Lighthouse of Alexandria

Built during the Ptolemic era in Egypt, this 120 -140m lighthouse was built for what they do – guiding ships to port. This isn’t a very exciting one, but it was the biggest man made structure for quite some time till it was partially destroyed in an earthquake, and then completely destructed in 1480 when a new site was built over it.

The best lighthouse of all lighthouses!

The best lighthouse of all lighthouses!

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