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Last updated on April 21, 2015 in History 5 CommentsThe Seven Wonders of the Ancient World is one of the first travel lists in history.
The Mausoleum at Halicarnassus was built between 353 and 350 BC for Mausolus, a governor in the Persian Empire. The Lighthouse of Alexandria was built between 280 and 247 BC on an island at Alexandria to guide sailors into the harbor at night.
The Temple of Artemis at Ephesus was a Greek temple dedicated to Artemis, the goddess of hunt, wild animals and a lot of other things. Built between 292 and 280 BC, the Colossus of Rhodes was a giant statue of the Greek god Helios, erected in the city of Rhodes. The Great Pyramid wat Giza as built as a tomb for Egyptian Pharaoh Khufu over a 20-year period concluding around 2560 BC. The seven wonders you described of the ancient world are amazing, but Taj Mahal should also include in this list. The Temple of Artemis that u show in the pictures is actually The Parthenon at Nashville, the replica of the Original Parthenon. It's been the largest free-standing structure, the symbol of Canada's urban life, and a landmark of this nation. The CN tower was built to unite a nation and show that Canada can become a great power in the world. The lighthouse complex was connected to the mainland by a giant causeway known as the Heptastadion, which consequently created one side of the harbor.
The base of the giant lighthouse was constructed mainly from massive blocks of light-colored stone. A statue of Triton, son of Poseidon the Greek god Of The Sea, was stationed at each of the four corners of the lighthouse. Following the Muslim invasion of Egypt, the pinnacle of the Lighthouse of Alexandria purportedly was turned into a mosque. The lighthouse was severely damaged in the great earthquake of 956, then again in subsequent earthquakes in 1303 and 1323.
Remains of the lighthouse were discovered in 1994 on the floor of Alexandria’s Harbor. The idea of creating a list of architectural wonders arose following Alexander the Great’s conquest of much of the known world in the 4th century BC, which gave Greek travelers access to the civilizations of the Egyptians, Persians, and Babylonians.

After Mausolus died Artemisia, his wife and sister, (a custom in the region to keep the power and the wealth in the family) decided to build him the most splendid tomb, a structure so famous that the word Mausolus’s name is now the eponym for all grand tombs, in the word mausoleum. The seated statue, some 12 meters (43 feet) tall, was so large that “if Zeus were to stand up he would hit the roof of the temple it was housed in”.
Constructed from large blocks of light-colored stone, the lighthouse was made up of three stages: a lower square section with a central core, a middle octagonal section, and, at the top, a circular section. Some historians even question whether the Hanging Gardens were an actual creation or a poetic creation due to the lack of documentation of them in the chronicles of Babylonian history. The Colossus was made of bronze and iron and stood over 30 meters (107 ft) high, making it one of the tallest statues of the ancient world. I like your post very much and there is no doubt that the given information will be of great use for everyone who is interested in it! These wonders are more magnificent than today’s because they were built during times of comparatively low technology, a very long time before The Taj Mahal. The Hanging Gardens of Babylon that u have shown here in the pics, is actually the 27.5 m long Water Slide at The Atlantis Hotel in Palm Jumeira, Dubai made to look like the hanging gardens of Babylon!!! All the 7 wonders of the Ancient World are now destroyed except for the Great Pyramid of Giza.
It is the last thing I see when I leave my city and the first sight to greet me when I return. It's the one structure that is recognized as distinctly Canadian by all of those worldwide, and the subject of mass tourism.
It took many people to unite and build the tallest free-standing building in the world a true monument and wonder of the free world.
It is said the inhabitants of Pharos would not allow salvage attempts for any ship that ran aground or wrecked off its coastline.
The lighthouse tower was comprised of three levels: a lower rectangular section having a single central foundation, an octagonal mid-section, and circular top level. Reportedly, the two later earthquakes in 1303 and 1323 wrecked the lighthouse so much so, that access to it was no longer possible. The construction was also so beautiful and unique that Antipater of Sidon put it on his original wonders of the world list. The sculpture seated on a magnificent throne of cedarwood, inlaid with ivory, gold, ebony and precious stones.
Supposedly , the gardens were built by the Babylonian king Nebuchadnezzar II around 600 BC.

It was the last of the seven wonders to be completed but the first to be destroyed, by an earthquake in 226 BC. It's a building that all Canadians can take pride in and, most importantly, a definitive wonder of this nation! At the top of the lighthouse was a mirror which reflected sunlight throughout the day, and a fire was lit during the night. The lighthouse continued this way until its ultimate deterioration sometime in the 14th century.
Even the broken ruins of the great lighthouse disappeared completely in 1480, when the Sultan of Egypt, Qaitbay, established a gothic fort over the former location of the structure using some of the lighthouse stones for building materials.
In Zeus’ right hand there was a small statue of a crowned Nike, goddess of victory, and in his left hand, a golden scepter on which an eagle perched. He is reported to have constructed the gardens to please his homesick wife who longed for the trees and plants of her homeland Persia.
The gigantic granite stones found in the King’s chamber weigh 25 to 80 tons and were transported from Aswan, more than 500 miles away.
To help prevent this problem, Ptolemy Soter the King of Egypt, ordered that the lighthouse be built to help sailors navigate the tricky entrance into the Alexandria harbor and avoid the Island of Pharos. However, the construction was not finished until the reign of his son Ptolemy Philadelphos. The circumstances of its eventual destruction are a source of debate: it was either carried off to Constantinople, where it was destroyed in a fire in 475 or the statue perished with the temple when it burned in 425. Diodorus Siculus described multi-leveled gardens reaching 22 meters (75 feet) high, complete with machinery for circulating water. The pharaoh of Egypt offered to pay for the reconstruction of the statue, but the oracle of Delphi made the Rhodians afraid that they had offended Helios, and they declined to rebuild it.
It was reported that in early times the light from the lighthouse could be seen from a distance of up to 29 miles away. The Great Pyramid at Giza is the oldest of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, and the only one to have survived the wrath of time.

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