julho 07, 2007

Seven World Wonders of the Ancient World

The list of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World was originally compiled around the second century BC.

Great Pyramid of Giza

Man fears Time, yet Time fears the Pyramids
Arab proverb

It is the oldest, yet it is the only surviving of the Seven Ancient Wonders.
Hanging Gardens of Babylon
Fruits and flowers... Waterfalls... Gardens hanging from the palace terraces... Exotic animals...

The statue of ZEUS at Olympia

This is the statue of the god in whose honor the Ancient Olympic games were held. It was located on the land that gave its very name to the Olympics.

Temple of Artemis at Ephesus.
It was not just a temple... It was the most beautiful structure on earth... It was built in honor of the Greek goddess of hunting, wild nature, and fertility.

Mausoleum at Halicarnassus

It was the burial place of an ancient king,. and it was the beauty of the tomb rather than its size that fascinated its visitors for years.

Colossus of Rhodes

To you, O Sun, the people of Dorian Rhodes set up this bronze statue reaching to Olympus when they had pacified the waves of war and crowned their city with the spoils taken from the enemy. Not only over the seas but also on land did they kindle the lovely torch of freedom.
Dedicatory inscription of the Colossus

Lighthouse of Alexandria

For sailors, it ensured a safe return to the Great Harbor. For architects, it meant even more: it was the tallest building on Earth. And for scientists, it was the mysterious mirror that fascinated them most... The mirror which reflection could be seen more than 50 km (35 miles) off-shore.

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