We all know about the Seven Wonders of the World but only a few of us know some wonderful facts about ancient Wonders of the World. They all are man-made and because of their qualities and outstanding beauty they listed in the list of Seven Wonders Of The World and till then nothing was created that can be included in the list.
So let us go ahead and know some interesting facts about these wonders.
The Statue Of Liberty in New York:
“Although the ancient statue depicted the Titan Helios, male personification of the sun, it has a rather more feminine descendant: the Statue of Liberty in New York, which is based on 19th-century ideas of what the Colossus looked like.”
The Great Pyramid at Giza:
“The Great Pyramid was the tallest man-made construction in the world for almost 4,000 years until Lincoln cathedral – with its 160m spire – was built in AD 1311.”
The Mausoleum at Halicarnassus:
“We know very little about Mausolus’ life but his fame has borne through the centuries. His burial place was so magnificent that we now use his name to describe any grand tomb: a ‘mausoleum‘.”
The Lighthouse of Alexandria:
“This wonder was so celebrated in the ancient world that Pharos became the Greek word for lighthouse – as well as in many other languages including French (phare), Italian and Spanish (faro), Portuguese (Farol) and even Swedish (fyr) and Bulgarian (far).”
The Temple of Artemis at Ephesus:
“This was Antipater of Sidon’s favorite ancient wonder. He wrote: ‘When I saw the house of Artemis that mounted to the clouds, [the] other marvels lost their brilliance, and I said: “Lo, apart from Olympus, the Sun never looked on anything so grand”.”
The Hanging Gardens of Babylon:
“This is the only one of the Seven Wonders that is likely to have been purely legendary – while the gardens were mentioned by both the Greeks and the Romans – including Strabo and Diodorus Siculus – there are no contemporary references in any of the known cuneiform tablets.”
The Statue of Zeus at Olympia:
“According to Suetonius, the eccentric Roman emperor Caligula wanted to have the statue brought to Rome so he could replace the god’s head with a sculpture of his own. When his men went to carry out this task, the statue laughed so loudly that their scaffolding collapsed and the workers fled.”
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