Do You Really Know the 7 Wonders of the World?

The Great Pyramids of Giza.

The Great Pyramids of Giza were constructed between 2584 and 2561 BCE. (Image: Nicola_Pulham via Dreamstime)

In your childhood or school days, you may have heard and read about the 7 wonders of the world. However, not everyone is fully aware of the whereabouts of the so-called 7 wonders of the world. Ancient travelers and historians wrote at length about some amazing and magnificent artwork and human creations that over the years came to be known as the 7 wonders of the world.

The process started during the Hellenistic period and went on until the Italian Renaissance. Ancient scholars and philosophers like Philo of Byzantium and historians Herodotus and Diodorus Siculus wrote about amazing sites and places. These writings were used later to list the 7 wonders of the world.

Subscribe to our Newsletter!

Receive selected content straight into your inbox.

The 7 wonders of the world

1. Great Pyramids of Giza

The Great Pyramids of Giza were constructed between 2584 BCE and 2561 BCE. The only surviving example of the 7 wonders of the world listed here, they are regarded as an amazing feat of Egyptian architecture. Historians think it took more than a decade to set up this stunning piece of the tomb. Almost 2.3 million stone blocks were used to build the tomb. The amazing pyramid was made using granite, limestone, and mortar and it was originally 481 feet tall. Over the years, a section of limestone casing has eroded and now its height is 454 feet.

2. Temple of Artemis at Ephesus

This Greek temple was rebuilt thrice and it is located in Turkey. The temple was dedicated to the Greek deity Artemis. Artemis was worshipped as the goddess of hunting, childbirth, and animals. The temple, when finished, had 125 columns and it was 450 feet long. Now, you can see the ruins that were excavated during the 19th century. The remains are preserved in London’s British Museum.

The Temple of Artemis at Ephesus, one of the 7 wonders of the world, when finished had 125 columns and was 450 feet long.
The Temple of Artemis at Ephesus when finished had 125 columns and was 450 feet long. (Image: Syglass via Dreamstime)

3. Mausoleum at Halicarnassus

The historic Mausoleum at Halicarnassus survived the ravages of time until a series of earthquakes dealt the final blow to it during the 12th to 15th centuries CE. Its ruins are there in Bodrum, Turkey. It was set up for Mausolus, the ruler of the Caria, and his wife Artemisia II. Incidentally, the monument was completed after Mausolus passed away. The Mausoleum was praised for its opulent design. Historians say the monument had a lavish interior as well. Some statues from the mausoleum were recovered by British archaeologists during the 19th century and they are now in the British Museum.

4. Hanging Gardens of Babylon

Historians are unclear on the actual existence of the Hanging Gardens of Babylon. The images of tiered gardens overflowing with plants however still haunt the proponents of the theory. These stunning hanging gardens have inspired artists for ages. The location is said to be in present-day Iraq. This garden was supposedly built by Monarch Nebuchadnezzar II. The gardens were set up to make queen Amyitis, his spouse, happy.

5. Statue of Zeus at Olympia

The majestic Statue of Zeus was set up by Phidias, a masterful sculptor. The same sculptor oversaw the construction of the Parthenon. The beautiful statue of Zeus was 43-foot-tall and it was developed in 435 BCE. It was kept inside the famed Temple of Zeus. The painted cedarwood throne had precious stones, gold, ebony, and ivory. The marvelous sculpture was dismantled likely in the 6th century CE when the Ancient Roman kings banned the pagan religion.

Hanging Gardens of Babylon
Historians are unclear on the actual existence of the Hanging Gardens of Babylon. (Image: Worldhertiage4 via Dreamstime)

6. Colossus of Rhodes

Around 280 BCE, Chares of Lindos, a Greek sculptor who created the Colossus of Rhodes, hailed as his magnum opus. The island’s defense against a prolonged siege from the Macedonian Monarch was celebrated. Chares used bronze and iron to build the amazing statue. It was made resembling Helios- the Greek deity of the sun. The statue was 108 feet tall. Sadly, the statue was demolished by a strong quake in 226 BCE.

7. The Lighthouse of Alexandria

The famous Lighthouse of Alexandria was built in the Ptolemaic Kingdom of Egypt. Set up on the island of Pharos, it was approx. 330 feet tall. The lighthouse collapsed in 1480 CE owing to an earthquake. It was used in many ancient-era coins. Its remains were discovered in Alexandria’s old port in 1968.

Only 1 of these 7 wonders of the ancient world can be seen in physical form, now. For the rest, you have to rely on artifacts and remains preserved in some museums.  These wonders all exhibit stunning progress of ancient engineering but they also remind us of the fleeting nature of worldly beings.

Follow us on Twitter, Facebook, or Pinterest

Recommended Stories

The tower in Kaiyuan Temple with cherry blossoms.

Historical Tale From China: Murong Yanchao Outsmarts a Swindler

During the Later Han Dynasty (947-950), Yunzhou’s leading commander, Murong Yanchao, was celebrated for his ...

A basket of eggs.

Reviving the Simple Long-Lost Art of Roasting Eggs

Roasting eggs is probably the most ancient way of cooking eggs. About 1 million years ...

A closeup view of jail cell iron bars casting shadows on the prison floor.

Successful Entrepreneurs in China Lose Everything Overnight on Trumped-Up Charges (Part 2)

Mr. Yang said persecuted entrepreneurs like him are too numerous in his home province and ...

A polar ring galaxy.

Astronomers Have Discovered a Rare ‘Polar Ring Galaxy’ Wrapped in a Huge Ribbon of Hydrogen

A galaxy can come in many shapes and sizes, from giant, slowly rotating ovals and ...

Mr. Yang.

Successful Entrepreneurs in China Lose Everything on Trumped-Up Charges (Part 1)

Mr. Yang, one of China’s highly successful entrepreneurs now living in exile, recounted how he ...


Besenwirtschaften Explained: Learn More About the Broomstick Inns

Many cultures have their unique seasonal practices, and among these are the Besenwirtschaften. While the ...

Double rainbow over a field of yellow flowers with a tree in the background.

The Power of Emotional Healing in Traditional Chinese Medicine

“The heart’s ailment requires the heart’s remedy,” remarked Zhang Jingyue, a renowned physician from the ...

Sad girl sitting alone.

6 Tips for Successful Emotional Healing

There can be times when you experience some intense emotional pain or trauma that has ...

Engraved illustration of men surrounding Abraham Lincoln on his deathbed.

The Mystery of Spirit Photography: The Lincoln Photo and Beyond

Mary Todd Lincoln, wife of American President Abraham Lincoln, had her photo taken in 1872. ...

Send this to a friend