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Seven Wonders of the Ancient World

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Seven Wonders of the Ancient World

 

From skyscrapers that defy gravity to tunnels below the sea, mankind’s civil engineering feats are all around us.

The complexity of older structures like the Great Wall of China, Chichén Itzá, and the Taj Mahal continue to captivate and fascinate visitors today, but it’s worth noting that “wonders” such as these are not a modern concept.

As far back as the 2nd century BCE, ancient guide books and poems were being written by Greeks that had toured the extent of Alexander the Great’s kingdoms, giving us the original “seven wonders of the world” from the Hellenistic world they knew at the time.

This graphic by Pranav Gavali looks at the original ancient seven wonders, including their modern-day locations and features, using data from Encyclopaedia Britannica and Wikipedia.

Where Were the Seven Wonder of the World?

The original seven wonders of the world were built around the Mediterranean Sea and in the Middle East over a span of 3,000 years, all before the Common Era.

WondersModern LocationYear Created
Great Pyramid of GizaEgypt2,584 BCE
Hanging Gardens of BabylonIraq600 BCE
Temple of Artemis at EphesusTurkey550 BCE
Statue of Zeus at OlympiaGreece435 BCE
Mausoleum at HalicarnassusTurkey351 BCE
Colossus of RhodesGreece292 BCE
Lighthouse of AlexandriaEgypt280 BCE

From the Great Pyramid of Giza in Egypt to the Colossus in Rhodes, each wonder represents a different aspect of human ambition and ingenuity.

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