The Seven Wonders of the World

Everyone has heard the seven wonders mentioned at one time or other, but, do you really know what they are? If not, don't be too worried as there are a few variations among the various lists...

How many of the wonders can you list? Well, here they are... in chronological order


1- Great Pyramid (of Giza, Cheops)


    The tallest structure in the world until the 19th century. The pyramid is the oldest of all the wonders and is still standing after all this time...


2- Hanging Gardens of Babylon


    Quite a bit of debate about whether it ever existed (at least in the form described), however, it seems certain that the Babylonyians had quite a few things to be proud of, even without this one...


3- Temple of Artemis at Ephesus


    There were actually a number of temples built one after the other. This wonder is said to have been the most beatiful one.


4- Statue of Zeus at Olympia


    Huge statue with gold and ivory... In a building barely large enough to hold it... Located at the site of the ancient Olympics.


5- Mausoleum at Halicarnassus (Bodrum)


    The wife of King Mausol built him such a tremendous tomb that all monumental tombs built after it use his name!


6- Colossus of Rhodes


    Good idea but the statue only stood upright for 56 years... However, the statue lived on by inspiring later statues that are even more famous! (e.g. Statue of Liberty) It was originally believed that the statue straddled the entrance to the harbour (as in the first two pictures), however, it is much more likely that it actually was much closer to shore and stood upright (as in the last picture).


7- Pharos Lighthouse (Alexandria)


    The only wonder with a practical use was the Pharos Lighthouse. During the night, fire was used to lead the ships, however, during the day a mirror was used to reflect sunlight. The mirror is said to have been a marvel of the technology of the time.


    Of these, the only one still standing is the Great Pyramid. All of the others have disappeared in part or totally. The Colossus only stood for about 56 years, while others like the hanging Gardens may not even have existed...


Take a look at where these wonders were situated:


Here are some links to several sites with great information about the seven wonders:


The Seven Wonders of the Ancient World
Destination The Seven Wonders of the Ancient World
The UnMuseum - Seven Wonders of the Ancient World
The Seven Wonders of the World bought to you by the Cleveleys Website
NOVA Online Treasures of the Sunken City Seven Wonders



Here is a list of some wonders which some people argue should have been included:

Abu Simbel Temple in Egypt
Angkor Wat in Cambodia
The Aztec Temple in Tenochtitlan (Mexico City), Mexico
The Banaue Rice Terraces in the Philippines
Borobudur Temple in Indonesia
The Colosseum in Rome, Italy
The Great Wall of China
The Inca city of Machu Picchu, Peru
The Leaning Tower of Pisa, Italy
The Mayan Temples of Tikal in Northern Guatemala
The Moai Statues in Rapa Nui (Easter Island), Chile
Mont-Saint-Michel in Normandy, France
The Throne Hall of Persepolis in Iran
The Parthenon in Athens, Greece
Petra, the rock-carved city in Jordan
The Shwedagon Pagoda in Myanmar
Stonehenge in England
Taj Mahal in Agra, India
The Temple of the Inscriptions in Palenque, Mexico


put together by ATJ