We all love our North Dallas Corridor, and the famed Lone Star State, but sometimes we like to get out a little and see the world – the Seven Wonders of the World to be exact.
The classic Seven Wonders of the World were compiled over 2,000 years ago by travelers who documented the incredible destinations they’d seen and visited along the way. Eventually, seven of those locations took their place in history as part of the “wonders of the ancient world.”
Great Pyramid of Giza
Located in Egypt, The Great Pyramid of Giza was built in approximately 2600 BC and is home to the massive tombs of the ancient Egyptian pharaohs. For almost 4000 years it stood as the tallest man made structure in the world, and, today, marks the only wonders still standing.
Lighthouse of Alexandria
Also built in Egypt is the Lighthouse of Alexandria, the world’s first lighthouse which employed mirrors as a way to reflect sunlight for miles – as far as 35 miles – out on the open sea. It was built on the Island of Pharos and reached around 440 feet in height.
Hanging Gardens of Babylon
Ancient writer, Diodorus Siculus, described the Hanging Gardens of Babylon in Iraq as self-watering planes of exotic flora and fauna; it was a wonder often said to resemble a large green mountain constructed of mud bricks. However, no physical evidence of the Gardens have been found – the only ancient wonder for without a definitive location – but they’re said to have been built near the present day Hillah, Babil province.
Statue of Zeus at Olympia
This particular wonder was lost and destroyed during the 5th Century AD. It was a sculpture made from ivory plates and gold panels over a wooden frame, and stood 40 feet tall at the sanctuary of Olympia, Greece. Sculpted by Phidias, it depicted the king of the Greek gods.
Temple of Artemis at Ephesus
Turkey was home to another one of the seven classic wonders of the world, the Temple of Artemis at Ephesus. As you can imagine, this was a towering structure built in honor of the Greek goddess of the hunt, Artemis. It’s location would be at present-day Selcuk, but a miniature recreation can be found at Miniaturk Park, Istanbul.
Mausoleum of Halicarnassus
This is an elaborate tomb of the King Mausolus in Turkey. Designed by the Greek architects Satyros and Pythius of Priene, and was considered an incredible aesthetic triumph. Unfortunately, it was destroyed during successive earthquakes from the 12th and 15th century.
Colossus of Rhodes
Last, but certainly not least, is the Colossus of Rhodes located at Rhodes, an island in the Mediterranean Sea. It can be somewhat compared to the Statue of Liberty, as it overlooked the Harbor of Rhodes and stood with legs together at the base. It was a 110 foot statue of the god Helios.