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Wonders of the World

What do you know about the seven wonders of the ancient world? Could you name them? 😉

It’s not that easy, I know. The list was found in the works of ancient classical writers, like Herodotus and Callimachus of Cyrene, and referred to 7 incredible creations of man, all located in the Mediterranean area, and which, according to them, were so spectacular that they absolutely HAD TO be seen. These “wonders” of the ancient world were:

  1. the Great Pyramid of Giza
  2. the Hanging Gardens of Babylon
  3. the Statue of Zeus at Olympia
  4. the Temple of Artemis at Ephesus
  5. the Mausoleum of Halicarnassus
  6. the Colossus of Rhodes
  7. the Lighthouse of Alexandria

Unfortunately, all of them except one (the Great Pyramid of Giza) no longer exist. Moreover, while there are remains for 5 of them, no trace is to be found for the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, and researchers and scholars have not found evidence yet that this “wonder” ever existed.

Men have continued since then to create new lists containing new wonders. There is no “official” list, of course, as it would have been impossible to have all the people in the world agree on such a topic. But most agree on the following:

–          Stonehenge

–          the Colosseum

–          the Great Wall in China

–          the leaning Tower of Pisa

–          the Tay Mahal, built to commemorate a beloved wife

–          the ancient city of Petra in the desert in Jordan

–          the statue of Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro

–          the Inca site of Machu Picchu in Peru

–          the Mayan Pyramid of Chichen Itzà

Do YOU? 🙂

Have a look at this video, and decide if you would add other wonders to the list.

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2 thoughts on “Wonders of the World

  1. Today we have a lot of huge, spectacular buildings like American and Japanese towers, but I think the ancient men were more clever than us although they had less resources than we have today. Indeed I believe they had more creativity and ingenuity in building such wonders because they had not many architectural resources.

  2. I studied the wonders of Britain some years ago: the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben, Stonehenge, Windsor Castle, the Eden Project, York Minster; Hadrian’s Wall, the London Eye and the Young People’s Choice. However, I read that the Eighth Wonder is the Angel of the North, in the North East of England. I never seen any of these buildings, but I would really like to visit them in the future. Then I’ll decide which is the best 🙂

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