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Let’s go back in time and explore the manifold wonders of antiquity in our third and final Treasure Quest promotion blog. An exclusive bonus for Everygame Casino awaits at the end of the journey.

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The Wonders of the Ancient World

Thousands of years ago, famous historians compiled information about seven architectural wonders located in Greece, Babylon and Egypt. From statues to temples and gardens, these ancient wonders have long been an object of fascination. Unfortunately, all but one of these amazing structures have already been destroyed.

  1. The first and oldest wonder is also the only one still standing: the Great Pyramid of Giza was built in Egypt as a mausoleum for Pharaoh Cheops during the 26th century BC. Standing at 481 ft, it remained the tallest man-made construction until 1311, for an impressive 3,881 years.
  2. The second oldest wonder is the most controversial one, and for a very good reason: it might not have existed at all. Most historians agree that the Hanging Gardens of Babylon were probably a myth, or at least that there are not enough archaeological records to back up their existence. According to ancient books, the Hanging Gardens were a 75 ft-tall structure consisting of several steps made of mud bricks. It was home to an enviable variety of trees and smaller plants irrigated by a complex system of pumps and waterfalls.
  3. Our third wonder was the Statue of Zeus at Olympia, a 40 ft statue depicting the king of Olympus. Located inside the Temple of Zeus at Olympia, it was covered in ivory, gold and a variety of precious stones. Sculpted by Phydias in the early 5th century BC, the statue was destroyed in a fire between 425 and 475 AD.
  4. The fourth wonder was the Temple of Artemis at Ephesus. Built in 550 BC, it was a 377 ft long, 151 ft wide and 40 ft tall building, famous for its double rows of ancient Greek-style columns. But the temple was burned down by an arsonist, Herostratus, in 356 BC. The temple was rebuilt in 323 BC, and was even more impressive than the original construction: a 450 ft long, 225 ft wide and 60 ft tall building, held together by 127 columns. Unfortunately, it was destroyed again during a Goth invasion in 262 AD.
  5. The Mausoleum at Halicarnassus was the fifth wonder, built in 351 BC. A 148 ft tall building adorned by 400 sculptures, the Mausoleum was originally built as the burial site for Carian governor Mausolus. It was one of the longest surviving ancient wonders, holding on until the 13th century when an earthquake damaged the construction beyond repair.
  6. The sixth wonder was the short-lived Colossus of Rhodes. Over 100 ft tall, the statue in the Greek city of Rhodes was built in 280 BC. A depiction of the sun god Helios, the Colossus marked the successful defence against a Macedonian siege. The Rhodesians used the metal from the Macedonian weapons left behind during the siege as material. An earthquake in 226 BC destroyed the statue, which was never rebuilt.
  7. To close out the list, the seventh wonder was the Lighthouse of Alexandria. This 330 ft tall building had a 16 ft tall statue on the top, making it even more impressive. A combination of natural erosion and a series of earthquakes severely damaged the building. Attempts to repair and reconstruct it were unsuccessful, and the lighthouse was ultimately destroyed in 1480 AD.

In 2007, UNESCO presented the new seven wonders of the world. These are the Great Wall of China, the Taj Mahal (India), the Ancient City of Petra (Jordan), the Colosseum (Italy), the Christ the Redeemer Statue (Brazil), the Pre-Hispanic City of Chichen Itza (Mexico) and the ruins of Machu Picchu (Peru). The Giza pyramids with the Great Pyramid of Giza (the only surviving of the original Seven Wonders) were granted honorary status.

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