Why are there so many different lists for the 7 Wonders of the World?
6 of the original Ancient 7 wonders of the world have been largely destroyed or have disappeared.
New authors have attempted to redo the list based on present day observations.
The Original 7 wonders of the world are now known as The 7 Ancient Wonders of the World but are essentially the original list.
The Great Pyramid of Giza (sometimes called the Pyramid of Khufu or the Pyramid of Cheops)
Its the Oldest and the biggest of the Giza Pyramid Complex in Egypt, iT is the oldest and somehow the only one to have remained intact
Hanging Gardens of Babylon: In the Present day Iraq, where the ancient city of Babylon is believed to have been located. It is also believed to have been built by king Nebuchadnezzar II
No Physical evidence of the gardens have been found till date.
Collossus of Rhodes
This was a statue of the Greek titan-god of the sun, Helios, erected in the city of Rhodes.
According to descriptions, it is thought to have stood at an approximate 33meters height. (The Approximate eight of the statue of liberty from feet to crown) it was destroyed during the earthquake of 226BC and was never rebuilt
Lighthouse of Alexandria
Also called the Pharos of Alexandria was built between 280 and 247 BC and was between 120 and 137m tall, it was the tallest man made structure for many centuries before it was badly damaged by earthquakes and abandoned.
Temple of Artemis
Was a greek temple dedicated to the goddess Artemis, it was located in Ephesus (Present day Turkey). Only foundations and sculptural fragments remain till date.
Statue of Zeus at Olympia
A giant sized seated figure (about 13m), it was lost sometime during the 5th century AD, details are in Greek descriptions and depictions on coins
Mausoleum at Halicarnassus
The last surviving of the 6 destroyed wonders, it was an above ground tomb built between 353 and 350BC in the present day turkey for Mausolus, leader of the Persian Empire and his sister/wife.
The new lists of the Wonders of the World are as follows:
The ‘New 7 Wonders of the World’:
New7Wonders of the World (2000–2007) was a campaign started in 2000 to choose Wonders of the World from a selection of 200 existing monuments. The popularity poll was led by Canadian-Swiss Bernard Weber and organised by the New7Wonders Foundation based in Zurich, Switzerland.
The Winning 7 Wonders:
- Great Wall of China
- Christ the Redeemer Statue
- Machu Picchu
- Chichen Itza
- The Roman Colosseum
- Taj Mahal
- Great Pyramid of Giza
The ‘New 7 Wonders of Nature’:
The ‘New 7 Wonders of the Modern World’:
- Channel Tunnel
- CN Tower
- Empire State Building
- Golden Gate Bridge
- Itaipu Dam
- Delta Works/ Zuiderzee Works
- Panama Canal