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As I said in the video, there are many lists out there. It all started with the OG list, the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. This was developed ages ago by the ancient Greeks and almost none of these structures exist today. Throughout the years, many encyclopedias, news outlets, and organizations have published varying lists with a plethora of categories. There’s the Seven Wonders of the Medieval World, the Modern World, the Natural World, the New 7, and even the Ultimate Ten that often get mistaken as the seven wonders of the world.
I am going to focus on two lists: The Ancient World (the OG list) and the New Wonders. Technically Halong Bay is on the New7Wonders of Nature but that is just going too deep down a rabbit hole of wonder. You can check out Wikipedia if you REALLY want to know all the lists.
The Seven Wonder of the Ancient World
This list is one of the original list detailing the seven wonders of the world. It’s pretty much a compilation of some of the grandest locations in the Eastern Mediterranean curated by ancient Greek authors. (Summarized from here.)
- Great Pyramid of Giza: Until the completion of the Lincoln Cathedral, it was the tallest man-made building for 3,800 years.
- Temple of Artemis at Ephesus: In its glory days, it was considered the “finest” of the wonders. While it was destroyed in 268AD, the location in modern-day Turkey is now considered a World Heritage Site and fragments of it can be found in the British Museum.
- Hanging Gardens of Babylon: This site may or may not be a myth as it does not have an exact location. Rumor has it that in the center of ancient Babylon (in present-day Iraq) there was a magnificent structure comprised of ascending tiered gardens.
- Lighthouse of Alexandria: Before the pyramids were built, this was considered the tallest man-made building at 137 meters (about 450 feet). After a series of Earthquakes, it was knocked down but its stones were used to build Citadel of Qaitbay, which can be visited today.
- Statue of Zeus at Olympia: If you have ever seen Hercules than you can have an image of what this might have looked like. Through of series of unfortunate events, it is no longer standing tall.
- Mausoleum at Halicarnassus: This tomb built for the Mausolus, a Persian governor, is yet another wonder taken down by earthquakes. However, thanks to it construction the term “Mausoleum” was introduced to represent any above ground tomb.
- Colossus of Rhodes: Another one bites the dust. This once glorious statue of the Greek God of the sun, Helios caste in bronze, iron, and marble stood for just 54 years before being knocked down by an earthquake.
So what have we learned? There’s basically only one ancient wonder of the world you can still visit and if you’re going to make a wondrous structure you better be sure it is earthquake proof.
New 7 Wonders of The World
As I said in the video, Chichen Itza is one of the New 7 Wonders of The World. This list was part of a campaign in 2000 that was launched by an organization called the New 7 Wonders Foundation. After over 100 million people voted, the New 7 Wonders of World were announced in 2007.
- Great Wall of China (China)
- Petra (Jordan)
- The Colosseum (Italy)
- Chichen Itza (Mexico)
- Machu Picchu (Peru)
- Taj Mahal (India)
- Christ the Redeemer (Brazil)
P.S. People were so mad that the Great Pyramids did not make this list that technically the Pyramids of Gisa are technically an honorary member of this list.