SEVEN WONDERS OF THE WORLD – Ancient Seven Wonders.
The Taj Mahal is now considered as one of the wonders of the world.
It was built by emperor Shahjahan in the sweet memory of his wife Mumtaj Mahal. The other present day wonders of the world include The Pyramids of Egypt, The Great Wall of China, The Eiffel Tower, The Leaning Tower of Pisa, The Statue of Liberty, and the The Hanging Gardens of Babylon.
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Six out of seven Ancient Wonders did not survive to this present day. Human imagination urged poets, writers, and historians to seek “replacements” for the fallen monuments.
Some proposed a new list for the Seven Wonders of the Modern World. Others argued that Ancient civilizations which the Greeks did not know of, erected monuments that should have been included in the original list.
Wonders such as the Great Wall of China, Taj Mahal in Agra, and the Temple of Angkor in Cambodia are a few examples.
Like the ancient list, the new ones include fascinating monuments and structures that changed the existing landscape. However, no single list won unanimous approval among historians, artists, and architects. Here is an alphabetical listing of some Forgotten, Modern, and Natural Wonders.
Ancient Seven Wonders of the world
|Egyptian Pyramids||More than 4000 years ago||Oldest of the ancient wonders and the only one surviving today.
Served as tombs for Egyptian pharoahs
|Colossus of Rhodes||305-292 BC||32 meters (105 ft) high bronze statue of the sun god Helius.
Destroyed by an earthquake in 224 BC
|Hanging Gardens of Babylon||6th century BC||Series of terraces of trees and flowers along the banks of the Euphrates.
Built by Nebuchadnezzar II.
|Mausoleum at Halicarnassus, Asia Minor||4th century BC||Tomb of Mausolus built by his widow. Destroyed by an earthquake before the 15th century.|
|Pharos of Alexandria||270 BC||The world’s first known lighthouse at the entrance of Alexandria harbour in Egypt. 122 meters (400 ft) high. In ruins by 15th century.|
|Statue of Zeus at Olympia||5th century BC||9 meter (30 ft) high wooden statue of Greek god Zeus covered with gold and ivory. Designed by Athens sculptor Phidias. Destroyed by fire in 475 AD.|
|Temple of Arthemis at Ephesus, Asia Minor||6th century BC||Marble temple in honor of goddess of hunting and the moon. Rebuilt in 4th century BC but destroyed by Goths in 3rd century AD|
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