7 Wonders of the Ancient World. Lighthouse at Alexandria. The Lighthouse at Alexandria was built in 279 B.C. on the small island of Pharos by Sostratus for Ptolemy II. The lighthouse was over 400 feet high. The Colossus of Rhodes.
Lighthouse at Alexandria • The Lighthouse at Alexandria was built in 279 B.C. on the small island of Pharos by Sostratus for Ptolemy II. The lighthouse was over 400 feet high.
The Colossus of Rhodes • The Colossus of Rhodes stands over 100 feet tall, this statue of the Greek sun god was completed by the sculptor Chares in 280 B.C. The Colossus stood with one hand shielding its eyes looking over the harbor of the Greek island.
Mausoleum • The Mausoleum of Halicarnassus was built by Carian ruler Mausolus in 353 B.C. This tomb was of such great size and, with its sculptured friezes, so beautiful, that fragments of it are preserved in Turkey and at the British Museum.
Statue of Zeus • The Statue of Zeus, though small in relation to some of the other wonders of the ancient world, this statue of Zeus, sculpted by the Greek Phidias about 430 B.C., won fame because of its beauty.
Temple of Diana at Ephesus • Temple of Diana at Ephesus measured 300 by 150 feet, with columns 60 feet high. This great temple dedicated to the goddess Diana was begun about 555 B.C. by Croesus, king of Lydia. Avandal burned down the original temple in 356 B . C., but it was rebuilt by Alexander the Great.
Hanging Gardens of Babylon • The Hanging Gardens of Babylon rose on terraces some 400 feet above the level of the plain. This hanging gardens were built by Nebuchadnezzar about 600 B.C. to console his queen, who missed the mountains, trees and flowers of her native Media.
Pyramids at Giza • The Great Pyramids at Giza, which date from the Old Kingdom (2700-2300 B. C. ), are the oldest and most famous of the Seven Wonders of the World and the only of the ancient wonders that are still standing today.
Links to Ancient Wonders • http://ce.eng.usf.edu/pharos/wonders/ • http://www.cnn.com/TRAVEL/DESTINATIONS/9705/seven.wonders/
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