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Seven Wonders of the World

             Few people can name the Seven Wonders of the World. The final list of the Seven Wonders of the World was compiled during the middle Ages. The list is comprised up of monuments and buildings of the Ancient World. All of the monuments, their builders the Seven Wonders were a celebration of religion, mythology, art, power, and science. To us, they mean a different idea. To us they reflect the ability of human beings to change the surrounding landscape by building massive yet beautiful structures. One of these structures still stands to this very day. The Great Pyramid of Giza is a gigantic stone structure near the ancient city of Memphis. It served as a tomb for the Egyptian Pharaoh Khufu. The height of the pyramid was 482 feet. The base has sides 755 ft long. It contains 2,300,000 blocks. The average weight of each is 2.5 tons. Estimated date of completion is 2680 B.C. Of all the Ancient Wonders of the World, the pyramids are the only monument left. The Hanging Gardens of Babylon was a palace with legendary gardens that were built on the banks of the Euphrates River. It was built by King Nebuchadnezzar II. The Hanging Gardens of Babylon was approximately built in 600 B.C. He built it to please his queen, Amuhia. Archeologists guess that the gardens were placed on a vaulted building, with materials for raising water. The terraces were said to rise from 75 to 300 ft. The Statue of Zeus at Olympia is an enormous statue of the Greek father of gods. It was built and carved by the famous sculptor, Pheidias. It was made out of gold and ivory. It was said to have been forty feet high. Nobody knows for sure though, because there is no trace of the statue. The Temple of Artemis at Ephesus was a beautiful temple in Asia Minor that was erected in honor of the Greek goddess of hunting and wild nature. The temple, with Ionic columns sixty feet high, was destroyed by invading Goths in 262 A.D. The mausoleum at Halicarnassus was

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