Seven Wonders of the World

Last Updated on April 30, 2019

In the 3rd century BC, the Chief Librarian of the Library in Alexandria compiled a list of “Wonders of the World,” but the list we go by today was compiled during the Middle Ages.

By the time the list was compiled, many of the Wonders had been reduced to rubble, but they live on in legend all the same.

Two of the Wonders are in Aegean Turkey:

Temple of Artemis (Artemision) at Ephesus

Scant remains of the Artemision at Ephesus. Note the storks’ nest on top.

Mausoleum of Halicarnassus (Bodrum)

The Wonders not in Turkey are:

Great Pyramid at Giza (Egypt: still there)

Colossus of Rhodes (Greece: gone)

Lighthouse (Pharos) of Alexandria (Egypt: gone)

The Hanging Gardens of Babylon (Iraq: gone)

Statue of Zeus at Olympia (Greece: gone)

—by Tom Brosnahan

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