Everyone has heard of the Seven Wonders of the World – The Great Wall of China is one, right? Well many could be forgiven for thinking so, but it would appear that there is more than just one list of Worldly wonders worth visiting and incidentally The Great Wall of China is not on the original list.
If you’ve long dreamed of one day visiting all of the wonders of the world and are now wondering how on earth you are going to do so now, worry not. Here at Travelwyse we see this fact as yet another brilliant excuse to visit even more amazing places; each week we will to take you on a magical tour through each variation of the Seven wonders so that you can choose which list is for you but don’t be surprised if, like us, you decide you want to see them all!
The most logical place to start is surely with the original list so this is where we will begin our journey. Otherwise known as the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, the original list comprises of constructions of classical antiquity. Although few are still standing, traces of many can still be seen and that gives us a brilliant excuse to explore the Mediterranean!
The Seven Wonders of the Ancient World:
The Hanging Gardens of Babylon – The Hanging Gardens of Babylon is the most mysterious of the ancient wonders. Said to have been created for King Nebuchadnezzar II as a gift for one if his wives, no one knows whether the gardens ever actually existed. Today there is no evidence of the gardens other than stories artist’s impressions. Many still search for them but none yet have found the mythological gardens.
The Statue of Zeus at Olympia – The Statue of Zeus was created by sculptor Phidias to honour the god Zeus when the temple in which it was to be situated was deemed too simple for that purpose. The ivory figure was later moved to a palace in Constantinople, Turkey. A fire destroyed the statue in 462A.D. but its fallen columns and the foundation still remain in present-day Istanbul.
Temple of Artemis at Ephesus - The Temple of Artemis was one of the largest and most complicated temples of ancient times, created by architect Chersiphron and his son, the temple was built in the city of Ephesus in Greece. Although the temple has been burned and rebuilt, now only ruins remain. It’s still a great excuse for visiting beautiful Greece.
Mausoleum of Maussollos at Halicarnassus - Designed by Greek architects Satyrus and Pythius the Mausoleum of Maussollos was an enormous white marble tomb built to house the remains of Mausolus and his wife. Although only the foundations remain at the site, the polished stone and marble blocks of the Mausoleum can be seen within castle Bodrum and some sculptures are on display at the British Museum in London.
Colossus of Rhodes – Colossus of Rhodes was a 120 ft high bronze sculpture built by Chares in honour of the sun god Helios. Although virtually nothing remains of the enormous sculpture, the harbour where it was situated is now a great tourist attraction.
Lighthouse of Alexandria – The lighthouse of Alexandria – estimated to have been 400ft high – was thought to have been the highest man made structure in the ancient world. Although it was destroyed by an earthquake in the 14th century A.D. it has been claimed that its remains have been found in the Mediterranean Sea by a team of divers. One day there may even be diving tours made available as a tourist attraction.
Great Pyramid of Giza- The Great Pyramid is the only surviving Ancient Wonder and is located on the west bank of the Nile River near Cairo, the Great Pyramid, one of 10, was erected for Pharaoh Khufu and rises approximately 450 ft. and covers 13 acres. Still standing after possibly thousands of years, the Pyramids in Egypt are a sight to behold.
Have you visited any of these wonders? Why not leave a comment or share your photos with us on twitter @travelwyse