Sunday, June 30, 2013

The Seven Wonders of the Ancient World!

K. Helms

The Seven Wonders of the Ancient World

Hello fellow bloggers! I have always had a fascination with the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. The Great Pyramid of Giza, the oldest of the ancient wonders, remains relatively intact. However, the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, the Lighthouse at Alexandria. the immense statue of Zeus at Olympia, the Temple of Artemis in Ephesus, the Mausoleum at the ancient city of Halicarnassus, and the Colossus of Rhodes are no longer intact. These wonders were engineering masterpieces. I wish we could travel back in time to see all seven! 

I would love to know which of the Seven Wonders is your favorite and why. My personal favorite is the Colossus of Rhodes! The Colossus stood over two thousand years ago at the entrance of the harbor on the Island of Rhodes. Like the Statue of Liberty, this colossus was also built as a celebration of freedom. This amazing statue, standing the same height from toe to head as the Statue of Liberty, was eventually destroyed by a large earthquake. I bet it was an impressive sight to see when it was standing!

-K. Helms


  1. I have always been fascinated with the Hanging Gardens of Babylon. The representations of the gardens by various artists have always seemed beautiful to me. I love gardens and the idea of a place like this. Some legends say they were a gift from King Nebuchadnezzar to his sad wife. I also love the mystery surrounding them. Not only do they no longer exist, but there has been controversy regarding their location. Some say that the gardens were not in Babylon at all, while others point out that many lands were referred to as Babylon in this time. In order to search for the gardens, currently impossible excavations would have to be done. This is one part of the ancient world I would definitely want to see.

  2. I actually have always been very interested in the Statue of Zeus at Olympia. The statue was said to have been brought from Greece to the Roman Emperor Caligula to have its' head removed, and some say it was was burned in Constantinople. Either way, the statue is destroyed, but interestingly, an excavation was done in the 1950's in the area where Phidias supposedly constructed the statue, and tools and molds were found that say "I belong to Phidias". This is incredible, because now archeologists are able to attempt to re-create the state with the same technique Phidias used.

  3. My first thought was the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, but to be different I will say the Great Pyramids. The Great Pyramid of Khufu is 756 feet long on each side, 450 feet high, and is composed of 2,300,000 blocks. Each block of stone averages 2 1/2 tons. The whole structure is perfectly oriented to the points of the compass. It is the only one of the famous "Seven Wonders of the Ancient World" that still stands. Still today it remains the most massive building on Earth.