Wonders of the Ancient World Part Three
Previously, we covered the history of some of the Wonders of the Ancient World as well as going over why they are known as such. In this final iteration, we will finish the rest of the wonders and their respective histories.
Mausoleum at Halicarnassus- built in 351 BCE in the ancient Greek city of Halicarnassus (modern day Bodrum, Turkey) this structure served as a tomb for the king of Caria, Mausolus. The tomb stood 45 meters or 148 feet tall and each of its sides were decorated by a different Greek architect. The tomb was destroyed from 12th-15th century CE through various earthquakes.
The Hanging Gardens of Babylon- the most elusive wonder, it is said to be built in Babylon (present day Hilah in Iraq) as a structure tiered with a wide variety of trees and greenery. One interesting part about the garden is that many historians argue it doesn’t exist as no definitive archaeological evidence has been found nor any Babylonian texts mention the gardens. Rather it could be a Greek/Roman romanticization of an eastern garden.
Lighthouse of Alexandria- built in 280 BCE in Egypt, the lighthouse stood at least 100 meters or 330 feet tall making it one of the tallest structures of the ancient world. It was destroyed between 956-1323 CE through various earthquakes.
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