Why are there so many different lists for the 7 Wonders of the World?

Pyramids of Giza

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.

They are:

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:

The ‘New 7 Wonders of Nature’:

  • The Amazon
  • Halong Bay, Vietnam
  • Iguazu Falls
  • Jeju Island
  • Komodo
  • Puerto Princesa Underground River.
  • Table Mountain

The ‘New 7 Wonders of the Modern World’:

The ‘New 7 Wonders of the Medieval World’



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