25 Incredible Facts About The Seven Wonders Of The World

Posted by , Updated on March 22, 2018

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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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The existence of one of the Seven Ancient Wonders is under question. Since the Hanging Gardens of Babylon would have been very difficult to irrigate and there are no first-hand accounts in ancient literature, many modern scholars count tales of this beautiful place as fiction.

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The only ancient wonder that still exists today is the Great Pyramid of Giza.

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The second most well known list of wonders includes those from the Middle Ages. Unlike with the original 7 wonders, there is no consensus as to what belongs on this list.

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The most common Medieval wonders are the Catacombs of Kom el Shoqafa, the Colosseum, the Great Wall of China, the Hagia Sophia, the Leaning Tower of Pisa, the Porcelain Tower of Nanjing, and Stonehenge. Others that typically make these lists are the Cairo Citadel, Cluny Abbey, Ely Cathedral, and the Taj Mahal.

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It is unlikely, however, that these lists actually originated in the Middle Ages since the word "medieval" wasn't invented until the Enlightenment, and the concept of the Middle Ages didn't become popular until the 16th century. Most of the "medieval" lists are assumed to come from 19th and 20th century writers.

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