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Wonders of the Ancient World Part Two
In the first part, we discussed why these sites are known as Wonders of the Ancient World and covered the only one still standing: The Great Pyramid of Giza. In this article we’ll continue giving the history of these sites!
Statue of Zeus at Olympia- built around 435 BCE, this was the seated statue of the Greek king of gods Zeus located in Olympia, Greece. Sitting at 41 feet tall, the statue was decorated in ivory and gold plates with many precious stones over it. It was destroyed in the 5th century through Roman conquest.
Temple of Artemis at Ephesus- a Greek temple dedicated to the goddess of the hunt; Artemis. Located in the ancient city of Ephesus (present day Selcuk, Turkey) This massive temple was first destroyed in a flood in 7th century BCE before being rebuilt in a more grandiose way. This rebuilt temple was destroyed in a famous arson case in 356 BCE by Herostratus in an attempt to gain fame.
Colossus of Rhodes- built at the Greek city of Rhodes in 280 BCE, this was a statue of the sun god Helios. It stood 33 meters or 108 feet tall, about the same height as the Statue of Liberty. It was destroyed in an earthquake in 226 BCE and was not rebuilt as an oracle said that it would offend the god Helios.
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