Discovering 7 Hidden Wonders Of The Ancient World


Discovering 7 Hidden Wonders Of The Ancient World

The ‘7 wonders of the Ancient World’ is one of the least discussed topics in today’s modern society. These ancient wonders are historic structures, particularly architectural and sculptural monuments of the ancient Greek culture. Well, these structures have been listed in guidebooks or poems that were popular among the Hellenic tourists of the ancient world. Among these seven wonders, only one remains relatively intact. Now thinking about discovering hidden ancient wonders and what value they hold? If yes, keep reading:

Discovering Hidden Ancient Wonders

There are 7 wonders of the ancient world namely:

1. The Great Pyramid Of Giza

Discovering 7 Hidden Wonders Of The Ancient World
Discovering 7 Hidden Wonders Of The Ancient World

The Great Pyramid Of Giza is one of the three pyramids situated in the Giza pyramid complex in Greater Cairo, Egypt. Known to be the largest as well as the oldest of these pyramids, The Great Pyramid is the only one among the seven wonders to remain intact to a large extent. It took more than 20 years to get constructed and a hundred thousand people were involved in its construction.

2. Hanging Gardens Of Babylon

This unique garden was a present by Neo-Babylonian ruler Nebuchadnezzar II to his beloved wife Amytis who missed the beauty of the hills and green valleys of her home. Created in Babylon near the city Hillah in central Iraq, the garden had an ascending chain of tiered gardens that mimicked green mountains and valley. These gardens comprised of a large variety of flora and flora to give it a realistic look as well as feel.

3. Temple Of Artemis

Regarded as one of the stunning Greek temples of its time, Temple Of Artemis was built to worship Artemis, the Greek goddess of the hunt. It was built by Croesus of Lydia in the ancient city of Ephesus. The temple had several columns and measured 425 feet in length and 225 feet in width. It was first set to fire, was rebuilt two times before eventually getting ruined in 401 CE.

4. Statue Of Zeus At Olympia

Erected for depicting the sky God Zeus, The Statue of Zeus was constructed by the Greek sculptor Phidias in the century 435 BC. The statue featured the Greek god on a throne made of wood while God himself was adorned with gold and other precious jewels. The Statue of Zeus got destroyed later in Constantinople in the 5th/6th century.

5. Mausoleum At Halicarnassus

Created in c. 351 BCE, The Mausoleum at Halicarnassus was the tomb of Caria’s ruler Mausolus as well as his sister cum wife Artemisia. The city of Halicarnassus was dear to Mausolus and his wife and later went on to become the final resting place for both. The tomb was subsequently destroyed in 1494 CE.

6. Colossus Of Rhodes

Developed by Chares of Lindos in 280 BC, this statue depicted Helios, the Greek sun-god. It was created in Rhodes and was the tallest effigy of the ancient world. Well, Colossus Of Rhodes was subsequently destroyed in 226 BC.

7. Lighthouse Of Alexandria

This lighthouse was constructed during the kingship of Ptolemy II Philadelphus. Its construction started in 280 BC and it was eventually destroyed in 1480 by the series of earthquakes.

Value Of Hidden Ancient Wonders

These 7 wonders of the ancient world hold great value in the historic times as well as the present-day. Some of the reasons why these ancient wonders are cherished are:

Discovering Hidden Ancient Wonders
Discovering 7 Hidden Wonders Of The Ancient World
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  • They Have A Story To Tell – Discovering hidden ancient wonders is interesting as they have a great story associated with their construction.
  • The Ancient Wonders Were Unique – Although only one of the wonders exists in the present day, all the wonders were created uniquely at that time.
  • They Were Expensive – The construction of these historic buildings required a lot of money and most of them indeed got sponsored by wealthy kings.

Last but not the least; the wonders are remembered even today especially by historians, researches, scientists, and also students of history.

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