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The Seven Wonders of the World

Name Place Modern Country Date built lasted
Pyramids at Giza Great Pyramid Giza Egypt 2580 BC 4500
so far
Only Wonder to survive
Babylon Hanging Gardens Babylon Iraq ?600 BC ? Perhaps never existed
Olympia Statue of Zeus
Olympia Greece 433 BC ? Site of Olympic Games
(not Mt Olympus)
Ephesus Temple of Artemis
Ephesus Turkey 560 BC 800 Largest temple
of Classical Times
Ruins of Tomb of King Mausolus at Halicarnassus Tomb of King Mausolus Halicarnassus Turkey 353 BC 1700 Gives name to "mausoleum"
Rhodes Colossos - statue of Helios (Apollo) Rhodes Island in Mediterranean 280 BC 54 Gives name to "colossal"
Alexandria Pharos (lighthouse) Alexandria Egypt 280 BC 1600 Alexandria was built by Alexander the Great.

The Seven Wonders of the World were described by Antipatros, a Greek historian, in the second century BC. None of them were Roman, but the Romans would have known about them. Only the Great Pyramid survives today. The Hanging Gardens may never have existed. The Colossos lasted a very short time, and nothing of it remains today. Zeus' statue has disappeared, although the temple ruins remain. There are ruins of the temple at Ephesus and the Mausoleum at Halicarnassus. The Pharos was demolished, but some of the stones were used to build a fort on the same site.