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:
Here is a list of some wonders which some people argue should have been included:
Simbel Temple in Egypt
Wat in Cambodia
Aztec Temple in Tenochtitlan (Mexico City), Mexico
Banaue Rice Terraces in the Philippines
Temple in Indonesia
Colosseum in Rome, Italy
Great Wall of China
||The Inca city of Machu
Leaning Tower of Pisa, Italy
Mayan Temples of Tikal in Northern Guatemala
Moai Statues in Rapa Nui (Easter Island), Chile
in Normandy, France
Throne Hall of Persepolis in Iran
Parthenon in Athens, Greece
the rock-carved city in Jordan
Shwedagon Pagoda in Myanmar
Mahal in Agra, India
Temple of the Inscriptions in Palenque, Mexico|
put together by ATJ