What is it that makes these seven wonders of the world so fascinating? The answer lies in the awe and excitement that any visitor to these monuments inspires. This ancient motif of seven wonders is universal because it has been treasured by all cultures for centuries. Here are just a few of the wonders that can be found in each one of the Seven Wonders of the World.
The Great Pyramid Of Giza
It may not seem immediately obvious that the Pyramids actually represent the seven wonders of the ancient world. Like all ancient structures, however, they were created by man-made technology. At the very least, the Pyramids were man-made, and their builders used a vast amount of metals and stone in their construction. Furthermore, the evidence points to advanced knowledge of architecture in Egypt in the time of the Pharaohs.
The colossal Egyptian Pyramids of Giza stand as the greatest single example of Neolithic architecture in the Old World. Neolithic architecture is the architecture of ancient human beings who could not fully develop science and medicine until approximately 1200 B.C. Moreover, the Egyptian Pyramids are huge, standing hundreds of feet high and containing many chambers and passages. No other structure in the Old World is as impressive as the Pyramids, and many scholars believe that they contain the remains of the legendary Egyptian gods guarding the pyramid – perhaps the Seven Wonders of the World.
The Lighthouse Of Alexandria
One of the most intriguing aspects of ancient Greece is the lighthouse, and the Lighthouse of Alexandria is probably one of the most famous of all. The location of the lighthouse is well known, but it was only in the nineteenth century that a detailed report of its construction was written down. This remarkable building, which has since been converted into a museum, consists of seven rooms connected by a network of staircases, and was constructed between Agrabah and the island of Kos.
The Grecian Arch
One of the most impressive structures from the ancient world is the Grecian Arch, which dominates the skyline of what was then the largest city in ancient Greece. Built in roughly architectural form, the Arch was constructed in about thirty-seven rooms (including a chapel) on the top of a high pitched pyramid. Overlooking the sea, it was decorated with works of fine art, particularly of marble, and includes a portico surrounded by a large statue of the goddess Cleopatra. The arch was completed around the year two hundred A.D., and when completed, it was the tallest building in all of Greece. It was destroyed in the Persian invasion of the fifth century, but has since been rebuilt. Today it stands again as a breathtaking sight to behold.
These wondrous sites from the past are no less beautiful today. Today you will find the elegant Empire State Building, with its spire rising to more than seven hundred feet; the Statue of Liberty, which commands a breathtaking view of the Brooklyn Bridge; and the Maine lighthouse, a classic example of Gothic architecture. Not only is the state of New York as the home of many of these wonders, but it is also a popular destination for those looking to enjoy a relaxing vacation in the modern world. The seven natural wonders of the ancient world should be enjoyed and visited, once again.