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The 7 Wonders of The World

Nature’s Undiluted Beauty in Architecture

statue of Zeus, paramount ruler of Olympeus

The world  from  its inception, is often cited as being beautiful and by trying to burrow into that frame, we come in contact with a standout of creations, natural in beauty such that they have managed to stand the test of time with regards to human interest and recognition.

These creations were marked  “The Ancient Seven Wonders of The World” due to their unique architectural designs, filled with solidity and class, leaving many marveled and also serving as major touristic attractions to humans at large.


1.)The Hanging Gardens of Babylon

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A more familiar name, the Hanging Gardens as History has it, were constructed around 605 B.C under King Nebuchadnezzar II’s reign of Babylon, present day Iraq.

The purpose of its erection is said to have been to complement his wife Amytis’ intrigue for natural beauty and this went with much relevance where it was designed in different layers, standing at over 75 feet tall thereby giving it that rare outlook in class.

The trueness of its existence has though come under question with some Historians and Scientists terming it as more of a myth than reality.

2.)The Great Pyramid of Giza:

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A name which says it all, the Great pyramid of Giza is one of the three pyramids of Giza, located in Cairo, Egypt and measures at about 481 feet, making it the largest of the trio. Worthy of note is it being the oldest and only full survivor of the Seven Wonders dating to almost 4500 years of existence.

The initiative behind its construction ties to Egyptian Pharoah Khufu of the fourth dynasty, whose body was laid to rest in it after close to two decades of construction.

To this day it remains a major touristic attraction contributing to Egypt’s second highest source of revenue.



3.)The Temple of Artemis:


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The temple of Artemis was an ancient Greek temple located in Ephesus, modern-day Turkey. It was constructed in honour of Greek goddess Artemisia under the tutelage of Lydia King, Kroesus in 550 B.C and later on rebuilt six years on upon an arson attack.

The temple was the effort of some of the most renowned architects of the ancient world, evident in it being constructed with marbles and more to its worth, was it being set ablaze by a certain Herostratus all in the name of trying to have his name enshrined in the history books.

The trueness of its existence though late, was ascertained by archeological discovery in the 1860s underneath the Cayster River, in today’s Turkey.

4.)The Statue of Zeus at Olympia:

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A name that speaks authority for itself, Zeus the supreme ruler of Olympeus, a Greek gods site, well amplified his fame at the hands of Athenian sculptor Phenias and subsequently erected in the temple of Zeus.

From the gold and ivory made statue, Zeus could be seen seated bare body on his throne holding on his right hand, his famed weapon the Thunderbolt with his legs placed on the lower parts of the throne. Mighty was it at 40 feet tall that his head almost leveled to the roof top.

The statue laid in the temple for close to a millennium and met its removal upon the temple’s closure by the Roman Emperor C around 400 A.D to a new site in Constantinople.

5.)The Lighthouse of Alexandria:

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Located in an already famed city Alexandria, the Lighthouse standing at over 380 feet, was built around 280 B.C and more important, was its three-layer design consisting of a cylindrical top, an octagonal mid-part and a square bottom.

Made of marble and with coins attached to its walls, the Lighthouse designd by famed architect Sosratus, was put in place as an ushering tool for ships sailing in and out of the city. At the top lies a statue which has been alleged to be either of Alexandria the Great or the then Emperor, Ptolemy II.

Legend also has it that, it went down as a result of Earthquakes that rocked the city with some of its ruins since been spotted underneath the Nile River.

6.)The Colossus of Rhodes:

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The Colossus was a Greek bronze statue depicting the Sun god Helios and was erected by the Rhodesians as a token of appreciation to the Greek gods for unseating long-term ruler Demetrios.

Made of bronze, it stood at 100 feet, making it the tallest statue of the ancient world. It got dismantled by an earthquake after more than fifty years of existence and had its remains later sold upon the Arab invasion and its reconstruction never came alive from that point.

7.) Mausoleum at Halicarnassus:


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The Mausoleum was a marble tomb built in memory of Late King Mausolus upon his wife Artemisia’s orders after being caught by undiluted sorrow over his death in 353 B.C.

It has three layers with each having a distinct architectural design with the top being a pyramid-shaped roof of Egyptian architecture, the mid layer a Ionic order of columns and the base made of steps, all of Egyptian, Greek and Lysian architecture respectively. This particular blend made it unique in style which is a testament to its being considered a “world wonder”.


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Written by Tchouamani Ulrich

I am a Voracious Writer, Student-Journalist and Introvert


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