The Seven Wonders of the Ancient World refers to remarkable constructions of classical antiquity listed by various authors in guidebooks popular among the ancient Hellenic tourists,particularly in the 1st and 2nd centuries BC. The most prominant of these,the versions by Antipater of Sidon and an observer identified as Philo of Byzantium,comprise seven works located around the Mediterranean rim. The original list inspired innumerable versions through the ages,often listing seven entries. Of the original Seven Wonders,only one the Great Pyramid of Giza,the oldest of the ancient wonders remains relatively intact.

The Ishtar Gate was one of the seventh wonder in the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World instead of the Lighthouse of Alexandria it is unknown why they changed it.

The Seven Wonders of the Ancient World are:Edit

  • Great Pyramid of Giza
  • Hanging Gardens of Babylon
  • Temple of Artemis at Ephesus
  • Statue of Zeus at Olympia
  • Mausoleum at Halicarnassus
  • Colossus of Rhodes
  • Lighthouse of Alexandria

The Seven Wonders ClassificationEdit

Wonder Date of Construction Builder Date of Destruction Cause of Destruction Location
Great Pyramid of Giza 2584-2561 BC Egyptians Still in Existence Still in Existence Giza Necropolis,Egypt
Hanging Gardens of Babylon Around 600 BC (evident) Babylonians After 1st century BC Earthquakes Hillah,Babylon Province,Iraq or Nineveh,Nineveh Province,Iraq
Statue of Zeus at Olympia

466-456 BC (Temple)

435-BC (Statue)

Greeks 5th-6th centuries AD Disassembled;later destroyed by fire Olympia,Greece
Temple of Artemis at Epesus c.550 BC; and again at 323 BC Lydians,Greeks

356 BC (by Herostratos)

AD 262 (by Goths)

Arson by Herostratos,Plundering near Selzuc,Izmir Province,Turkey
Mausoleum at Halicarnassus 351 BC Carians,Greeks AD 1494 Earthquake Bodrum,Turkey
Colossus of Rhodes 292-280 BC Greeks 226 BC Earthquake Rhodes,Greece
Lighthouse of Alexandria c.280 BC Ptolemaic Egypt,Greeks AD 1303-1480 Earthquake Alexandria,Egypt