7 wonders of the ancient world

7 wonders of the ancient world

Have you ever wondered what the 7 wonders of the ancient world are? They are, the Great Pyramid of Giza, the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, the Statue of Zeus, the Temple of Artemis, Mausoleum at Halicarnassus, the Colossus of Rhodes and the Lighthouse of Alexandria. The list of these amazingly wonderful places popular among ancient Hellenic travelers was first identified by examining several guidebooks or poems written by various authors in the past. Over the time, all these 7 wonders, continued to be inspired and celebrated as masterpieces of artistry and ingenuity in the early civilizations of the earth.

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Now let’s check out what they really are!

1. The Great Pyramid of Giza

The Great Pyramid of Giza
Out of the pyramids and the majestic tombs of the Egyptian pharaohs, the tallest of these three is called the Great Pyramid of Giza. It is listed as one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World that still stands proudly today in the northern Egypt. It is located on the Giza plateau near the modern city of Cairo. It is believed to have been built around in 2600 B.C, 4000 years ago which took over 20 years to complete. This was the tallest man-made structure to be built in the world for more than 3,800 years until the Eiffel tower in Paris was built. This place is simply breathtaking and worth visiting.

2. The Hanging Gardens of Babylon

According to the ancient Greek poets, this mysterious Gardens were built by King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon to please his beloved wife, on an artificial mountain, near the Euphrates River in modern-day Iraq. One of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, some historians say that this never really existed as there still no conclusive evidence at all. Yet, the true location of the Hanging Gardens of Babylon remains an unsolved mystery. Some believe that if the gardens really existed, they would be located south of Baghdad, Iraq and later destroyed by war or erosion or either by an earthquake.

3. The Statue of Zeus

The monumental statue of Zeus, the king of the gods in Greek mythology, was a giant figure seated at Olympia. One of the 7 wonders of the ancient world, this ivory and gold statue was made by the Greek sculptor Phidias, around fifth century B.C. in Greece. The size of the statue was as high as 42 feet, so if Zeus had stood, he would have put his head across the roof of the temple. The temple was destroyed in 426, and the statue of the god Zeus was also destroyed by a fire in the 5th century AD, in Constantinople.

4. The Temple of Artemis

The Temple of Artemis
The Temple of Artemis, also called Artemesium or the temple of Diana, at Ephesus, Turkey was built to honor Artemis, one of three maiden goddesses of Olympus. This was built in the 6th century BCE. Because of its impressive architecture and being double the dimensions of other Greek temples over 350 by 180 feet height, it was soon regarded as one of the 7 wonders of the ancient world. But due to many circumstances occurred that the temple destroyed, it had to be rebuilt several times. Those interested in history can visit the British Museum in London, England to see the remains of the Artemis Temple.

5. Mausoleum at Halicarnassus

mausoleum at halicarnassus
The Mausoleum at Halicarnassus was a massive 135 feet tall tomb built for Mousolus, the ruler of Caria, in the 4th century B.C in Turkey. This was made entirely using white marble stones and adorned with a large number of magnificent sculptures. It led to the inclusion of this tomb in the list of 7 wonders of the ancient world. This place is something that everyone should visit which is nicely organized and arranged. Travel money worth it

6. The Colossus of Rhodes

The Colossus of Rhodes
The Colossus of Rhodes was a huge iron and bronze statue of Greek sun-god Helios, stood on the island of Rhodes in the Mediterranean Sea. This 110-foot statue was built by Chares of Lindos in 280 BC. But sadly he couldn’t live until the project completed. However, It was a pride of the city and had taken 12 years to build. This enormous bronze sculpture would have been one of the tallest vertical structures in ancient times. Sadly only 56 years after the statue erected, due to a sudden earthquake the statue collapsed in to the ground in pieces. Don’t forget to make a visit to this place surrounded by beautiful beaches worth exploring.

7. The Lighthouse of Alexandria

The Lighthouse of Alexandria
The Lighthouse of Alexandria or Pharos of Alexandria was the world’s first lighthouse that was towering over the Mediterranean coast for more than 1,500 years. It is located on the small island of Pharos, near the city of Alexandria, and was built between 280-247 B.C. The tallest lighthouse currently standing in America is only half the size of the Lighthouse of Alexandria. It helped in protecting ships up to 30 miles of the Egyptian coast. Built completely out of limestone, it would have been a stunning structure to stood up in the Alexandrian sky. Unfortunately after series of wars and earthquakes, this massive structure was gradually destroyed. It’s worth the time to visit this place, if you travel through the Middle East.

7 wonders of the ancient world

Make sure to add these most amazing mysterious wonders of the mother earth, into your list of next travelling destinations! We hope to bring out more travelling destinations which will keep you inspired in the future! So stay tuned with us!
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Have you ever wondered what the 7 wonders of the ancient world are? They are, the Great Pyramid of Giza, the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, the Statue of Zeus, the Temple of Artemis, Mausoleum at Halicarnassus, the Colossus of Rhodes and the Lighthouse of Alexandria. The list of these amazingly wonderful places popular among ancient Hellenic travelers was first identified by examining several guidebooks or poems written by various authors in the past. Over the time, all these 7 wonders, continued to be inspired and celebrated as masterpieces of artistry and ingenuity in the early civilizations of the earth.