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There were many buildings and places that commanded great interest in Ancient times, but two men made a list of the Seven Greatest Wonders of the Ancient World.

Egyptian Pyramids 1937 or 1938

Egyptian Pyramids
1937 or 1938

These men’s names were Herodotus and Callimachus of Cyrene. The Seven Wonders recorded were:

#1 The Great Pyramid of Giza, the only one of the Seven Wonders to still exist today

Hanging Gardens of Babylon, Jean Antoine Valentin Foulquier

#2 Hanging Gardens of Babylon, the only Wonder to have its existence questionable, was supposedly built by Nebuchanezzer II

Reconstruction of Phidias' statue of Zeus, in an engraving made by Philippe Galle in 1572, from a drawing by Maarten van Heemskerck

Reconstruction of Phidias’ statue of Zeus, in an engraving made by Philippe Galle in 1572, from a drawing by Maarten van Heemskerck

#3 The Statue of Zeus at Olympia, made of ivory and gold

#4 The Temple of Artemis at Ephesus, destroyed, rebuilt, and destroyed again

#5 The Mausoleum at Halicarnassus

#6 The Colossus of Rhodes

"Lighthouse - Thiersch" by German archaeologist Prof. H. Thiersch. Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons -

“Lighthouse – Thiersch” by German archaeologist Prof. H. Thiersch. Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons

#7 And the Lighthouse of Alexandria, one of the Tallest Man-made structures in the World until its collapse

All but one of these Wonders are no longer standing today: The Hanging Gardens disappeared and its existence itself is questionable, the Statue of Zeus was destroyed around 500 A.D, The Temple of Artemis was destroyed by a flood, rebuilt in 700 A.D, and then destroyed again by arson, The Mausoleum was ruined sometime between the 1200’s to 1402, The Colossus was destroyed by an earthquake, and the Lighthouse was destroyed around 1480.

There are many new Wonders of the Modern World, including the Colosseum at Rome, the Great Wall of China, and the Empire State Building, but the Seven Ancient Wonders of the World will never be lost in History.

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