Posted by ESC on May 18, 2001
In Reply to: Seven Wonders posted by ESC on May 18, 2001
: : Does anyone know the seven wonders of the world?
: : There are web sites that contradict eachother with regards to which are the seven. And wonders that I've been told were wonders over the years ie: Niagara Falls, Grand Canyon, Great Barrier reaf, Hoover Dam were not included in the lists that I had seen.
: : Thank you in advance.
: From "The New York Public Library Desk Reference" :
: The Seven Wonders of the Ancient World are:
: 1. Artemision at Ephesus, a Greek temple.
: 2. The Colossus of Rhodes, a 100-foot bronze statue.
: 3. The Hanging Gardens of Babylon.
: 4. The Mausoleum at Halicarnassus, a 140-foot marble structure.
: 5. Olympian Zeus, a statue in gold and ivory.
: 6. The Pyramids of Egypt.
: 7. The Tower of Pharos, a great lighthouse of the island of Phraos.
: There is also a Seven Wonders of the Modern World. I don't have that. But the "wonders" you mentioned probably come from that list.
I am beginning to see what you mean. Apparently there's no copyright on "Seven Wonders" so lists abound. There were several sites for "Seven Wonders of the Modern World." including this one http://www.geocities.com/Colosseum/Arena/8443/modernwonders.html
The information here is taken from 'the Reader's Digest Book of Facts. As no formal list of wonders of the modern world exists, the editors of Reader's Digest selected the following (Seven Wonders of the Modern World):
The Taj Mahal.
Built in 1630 - 48 by the emperor Shah Jahan as a mausoleum for his wife Mumtaz Mahal. The tomb, made of white marble and inlaid with other stones, is in Agra, north India. Shah Jahan is also buried there.
The Great Wall of China.
Built originally to keep out nomadic invaders from the north, most of the present wall was constructed during the Ming dynasty (1368 - 1644). Altogether, the wall winds for 2240km (1400 miles) across northern China and has an average height of 7m (23 ft). It is the only man-made feature naturally visible from space.
The Easter Island Statues. Colossal elongated heads - up to 9.5m (32 ft) high - carved from volcanic rock. The South Pacific island on which they stand was discovered on Easter Day 1722 by the Dutch explorer Jacob Roggeven - and the statues were probably made by the ancestors of the islands Polynesian inhabitants.
The Eiffel Tower. Built for the 1889 Paris Exhibition by the French bridge engineer Alexandre Gustave Eiffel. Made of wrought iron, it stands 300m (984 ft) high on the left bank of the Seine. It's revolutionary lattice-work earned Eiffel the title 'Magician of Iron'.
The Mayan City of Tikal, Central America.
Tikal, the ceremonial centre of the Mayan empire, dates from about 300 BC and was rediscovered in 1848 by a team of Guatamalan explorers. Situated in northern Guatamala, its temples and buildings include the imposing Pyramid of the Great Jaguar and the Palace of the Nobles.
The Space Shuttle. The United States space shuttle 'Columbia' was first launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida in 1981. With a crew of two or three, it is designed to carry satellites into space, to retrieve and repair them, and to build large stations in space to help with further space exploration. It's main feature is that it is re-useable.
Chartres Cathedral. The Gothic cathedral, dating from the 12th and 13th centuries AD stands on a hill overlooking the French market town. Among its glories are its stained-glass windows (173 in all), which produce a unique 'Chartres-blue' light.
More Wonders from another site http://kanawha.lib.wv.us/ref/rolodex/ro-7wo.htm
Seven Wonders of the Middle Ages
1. Coliseum at Rome 2. Catacombs of Alexandria 3. Great Wall of China 4. Leaning Tower of Pisa 5. Porcelain Tower of Nanking 6. Mosque of St Sophia at Constantinople 7. Ruins of Stonehenge.
source: Five Thousand Facts and Fancies
Seven Wonders of the Natural or New World
1.Niagra Falls 2. Yellowstone Park 3. Garden of the Gods 4. Mammoth Cave 5. Yosemite Valley 6. Giant Trees 7. Natural Bridge
source: Five Thousand Facts and Fancies
Seven Natural Wonders of the World
1. Grand Canyon 2.Mount Everest 3. Ayers Rock 4.Matterhorn 5. Victoria Falls 6. Meteor Crater 7. Great Barrier Reef.
source: World Book Encyclopedia
Seven Wonders of the Modern World
1. Suez Canal 2. Dneproges Dam on the Dnepr River (USSR) 3. Atomic Energy Research Establishment Harwell, England 4. Alaska (ALCAN) Highway 5. Golden Gate Bridge 6. Eiffel Tower 7. Empire State Building