More Than Seven

I saw a silly article that mentioned something was the "eighth wonder of the world". That got me to thinking, what are the 7 wonders of the world?

I always thought it would be things we couldn't explain -- sort of the "Seven Mysteries of the Ancient World", with the Stonehenge and such things in it. But it seems that these are more of the "great architecture and construction feats of the past". (It's a shame that almost all these wonders are destroyed and all that's left is ruins.)

stairway to heavenHere they are, in no particular order:

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

Of course, linking on the idea of having seven wonders, WonderClub lists more (unofficial) wonders ... of the ancient world, the medieval mind, natural wonders, underwater ... the list goes on.

It's kind of neat to leaf through those pages and see what humankind has achieved (architecturally and engineering-wise) in the past and present. It's interesting that, even with our advanced technologies, we haven't necessarily created anything more glorious than what had been made in the ancient past.

1 comment:

Ben said...

If there are so many "eighth wonders", how come there's no "ninth"?

Or maybe they're all tied for 8th place. That podium at the awards ceremony would probably collapse.