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Video:7 Wonders of the Ancient World

with Jade Broadus

The 7 Wonders of the Ancient World names legendary landmarks long before modern times. Though only one still stands today, the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World are a captivating part of history. Watch this About.com video to learn more.See Transcript

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Transcript:7 Wonders of the Ancient World

Hi, I'm Jade, and today with About.com I'm going to profile the 7 Wonders of the Ancient World using tips from the About.com guide site.

While there are numerous lists of the top wonders of the world, The 7 Ancient Wonders of the World was one of the first.  Assembled in the middle Ages.  The list wasn’t put together until after all but one wonder had fallen or been destroyed.

The Great Pyramid of Giza in Egypt

This is the oldest wonder of the world and the only one still standing today. It was constructed as a tomb for Pharaoh Khufu around 2560 BC. The pyramid took between 10- 20 years to build and over 100,000 workers. At 481 feet high, the great pyramid of Giza was the highest man-made structure on earth for over 3,800 years. 

The Hanging Gardens of Babylon

There is a lot of mystery surrounding this attraction.  Created around 600 BC in the area that is now Baghdad, it is widely accepted that this site was a series of gardens that were built on different terraces or steps and had beautiful flowers, trees, fruits and waterfalls.  It is said that it was destroyed by an earthquake.

The Temple of Artemis at Ephesus

Built around 550 BC for the Greek goddess Artemis, it was located in present day Turkey.  This temple was known for bringing great wealth and prosperity- even though the temple itself suffered destruction three times. The last time, the temple was burnt down by Herostratus, on a quest for fame.

The  Statue of Zeus at Olympia in Greece

Completed around 335 BC, this 40-foot tall sculpture covered in ivory and gold was built in honor to the god Zeus for looking over the Olympic games.  It is best guessed that it did not survive a temple fire.

The Mausoleum of Halicarnassus

Built in 350 BC in Turkey, the mausoleum was a beautiful oblong structure built with 36 columns and many intricate adornments. The monument stood for hundreds of years, finally falling to an earthquake in the 14th century. What still lasts today are a number of artifacts, that can be viewed at the British museum.

The Colossus of Rhodes

A110 foot statue of the god Helios, which was built between 292-280 BC. The statue was built after a long series of wars, where the last opposing army left defeated, abandoning much of their military equipment. It was this same equipment that the citizens used to build the Colossus of Rhodes.  Of the Seven Wonders of the World, this one lasted the least amount of time.

Pharos Lighthouse at Alexandria

The last of  the 7 ancient wonders to be constructed was Pharaohs Lighthouse at Alexandria. Architects started contraction in 270 BC in the harbor of Alexandria to help aid mariners at sea.  It lasted an impressive 1500 years before being toppled by two earthquakes. In 1994 Archeologists found several pieces of marble blocks underwater that they believe were a part of the lighthouse.

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