25 Incredible Facts About The Seven Wonders Of The World

Do you want to learn some facts about the Seven Wonders of the World? From places we only hear about in ancient literature, like the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, to places under the sea, such as the Great Barrier Reef, and even places outside our atmosphere, like the asteroid belt, there is no shortage of “seven wonders” lists. How do these places make it to these lists? Why only seven? Who decides these things? What were the original seven wonders of the world? What are the seven wonders of the world today? For the answers to these questions and more, check out these 25 incredible facts about the Seven Wonders of the World.

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Designed to showcase the world's most spectacular sights and structures, there have been many "wonders of the world" lists compiled over the years. However, the original 7 wonders of the world are known as the "Seven Wonders of the Ancient World."

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These seven wonders were based on guidebooks used by Hellenic sightseers.

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The original 7 wonders of the world are located around the Mediterranean and Mesopotamia (due to the limited distances that tourists could travel).

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The number seven was probably chosen because the Greeks believed it represented perfection. However, some scholars have suggested that the number seven also represents the fact that there were 5 known planets at the time. Adding the sun and moon would give seven.

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The original 7 wonders of the world were the Colossus of Rhodes, the Great Pyramid of Giza, the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, the Lighthouse of Alexandria, the Mausoleum at Halicarnassus, the Statue of Zeus at Olympia, and the Temple of Artemis at Ephesus.

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