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Top 10 Wonders Of The Ancient World

It is fortunate that the world is so full of wonderful things that we can keep you informative with lists of this nature.There were originally seven wonders of the ancient world but now only one remains and I have added an additional three. Here is the list of top 10 wonders of the Ancient World.

Top 10 Wonders Of The Ancient World

10. Ajanta Caves, India

Ajanta Caves, India

The Ajanta Caves are about 29 rock-cut Buddhist cave monuments which date from the 2nd century BCE to about 480 or 650 CE in Aurangabad district of Maharashtra state of India. British historian William Dalrymple named the Ajanta Caves “one of the great wonders of the ancient world. According to UNESCO, these are masterpieces of Buddhist religious art that influenced Indian art that followed.

9. Newgrange, Ireland

Newgrange, Ireland

Newgrange’s massive, rounded dome rises from the emerald plains of Ireland’s County Meath like a grass-topped UFO. It was built during the Neolithic period, around 3200 BC, making it earlier than Stonehenge and the Egyptian pyramids. Newgrange is surrounded by 97 large stones called kerbstones some of which are engraved with megalithic art the most striking is the entrance stone. It is considered one of the most important megalithic structures in Europe.

8. Derinkuyu, Turkey

Derinkuyu, Turkey

The Derinkuyu underground city is an ancient multilevel underground city in the Derinkuyu district in Nevşehir Province, Turkey. Built between the 7th and 8th Century BCE, the underground complex was built to defend against attacks from marauding armies. Extending to a depth of approximately 60 m , it is large enough to have sheltered as many as 20,000 people together with their livestock and food stores. The underground city at Derinkuyu could be closed from the inside with large stone doors. Each floor could be closed off separately.

7. Lighthouse of Alexandria, Egypt

 Lighthouse of Alexandria, Egypt

Lighthouse of Alexandria was a lighthouse built by the Ptolemaic Kingdom between 280 and 247 BC which has been estimated to be 100 metres in overall height. One of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, for many centuries it was one of the tallest man-made structures in the world. Badly damaged by three earthquakes between AD 956 and 1323, it then became an abandoned ruin. In 2015 the Egypt Goverment planned to turn submerged ruins of ancient Alexandria, including those of the Pharos, into an underwater museum.

6. Colossus of Rhodes, Rhodes

Colossus of Rhodes, Rhodes

The Colossus of Rhodes was a statue of the Greek titan-god of the sun Helios, erected in the city of Rhodes, on the Greek island of the same name, by Chares of Lindos in 280 BC. It was constructed to celebrate Rhodes’ victory over the ruler of Cyprus, Antigonus I Monophthalmus, whose son unsuccessfully besieged Rhodes in 305 BC. Before its destruction in the earthquake, the Colossus of Rhodes stood over 110 feet high, making it one of the tallest statues of the ancient world.

5. Mausoleum at Halicarnassus, Turkey

Mausoleum at Halicarnassus, Turkey

The Mausoleum at Halicarnassus was a tomb built between 353 and 350 BC at Halicarnassus (present Bodrum, Turkey) for Mausolus, a satrap in the Persian Empire, and his sister-wife Artemisia II of Caria. The finished structure of the mausoleum was considered to be such an aesthetic triumph that Antipater of Sidon identified it as one of his Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. It was destroyed by successive earthquakes from the 12th to the 15th century, the last surviving of the six destroyed wonders. The Mausoleum was approximately 135 feet tall, and the four sides were adorned with sculptural reliefs.

4. Statue of Zeus, Greece

Statue of Zeus, Greece

The Statue of Zeus was a giant seated figure, about 13 meters tall, made by the Greek sculptor Phidias around 435 BC at the sanctuary of Olympia, Greece. It’s also one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, it was lost and destroyed destroyed at some point in an earthquake in the 5th or 6th centuries CE. A sculpture of ivory plates and gold panels over a wooden framework, it represented the god Zeus sitting on an elaborate cedar wood throne ornamented with ebony, ivory, gold and precious stones.

3. Temple of Artemis at Ephesus, Turkey

Temple of Artemis at Ephesus, Turkey

The Temple of Artemis at Ephesus, also known as the Artemesium, was constructed in the mid 6th century BCE. It was located in Ephesus (modern Turkey), and was considered to be one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. The temple is described by every ancient with awe and reverence for its beauty. It was 425 feet high, 225 feet wide, and supported by 127, 60 foot columns. it was completely rebuilt three times before its final destruction in 401 AD. Only foundations and sculptural fragments of the latest of the temples at the site remain.

2. Hanging Gardens of Babylon, Iraq 

Hanging Gardens of Babylon, Iraq 

The Hanging Gardens of Babylon evoke a romantic picture of lush greenery and colorful flowers cascading from the sky. The grandeur of their sight must have been awe-inspiring, which is why Herodotus would have considered them one of his Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Traditionally they were said to have been built in the ancient city of Babylon, near present-day Hillah, Babil province, in Iraq. They were destroyed by an earthquake sometime after the 1st century CE.

1. Great Pyramid of Giza, Egypt

Great Pyramid of Giza, Egypt

The Great Pyramid of Giza is a defining symbol of Egypt and the last of the ancient Seven Wonders of the World. The Great Pyramid at Giza was constructed about 2,600 BCE for the Egyptian Pharaoh Khufu. The Great Pyramid was the tallest structure made by human hands in the world a record it held for over 3,000 years and one unlikely to be broken. It is a wonder from the ancient time.

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