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Seven Wonders of the Ancient World

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From nature to modern technology, this world has always been engulf by many miraculous wonders. However, the first of the all of them are the seven wonders of the ancient world. These seven ancient wonders are the great pyramid of Egypt, the hanging gardens of Babylon, the statue of Zeus at Olympia, the temple of Artemis at Ephesus, the mausoleum at Halicarnassus, and the lighthouse of Alexandria. These seven gigantic wonders surround the Mediterranean Sea, from Egypt to Greece to the Asia Minor, which now turkey, to Syria. Being that the Mediterranean was a exemplary place of trade, its only natural that most of these societies, cultures, and countries share a bit from one another. The one thing that all these ancient wonders have in common are that they are monuments to a higher being. Whether it be a god or king, the idols they were structured for were as monumental the structures themselves. I would like now to delve into each wonder chronologically.

Standing at 450 feet high and 756 feet across at each side, the great pyramid of Pharaoh-King Khufu was the first of the seven wonders to be erected in Giza, which now part of Cairo, Egypt. Made out of 2,300,000 blocks of stone at two and half tons each, it is marvel upon itself. It is ironic to note that out of all the ancient wonders built, the first one is the only one still standing today.

Even in those times of when the pyramid was erected, in 2560 B.C., there were grave robbers. To prevent this there were elaborate and hidden passage within the pyramid which led to the pharaoh as well as he earthly possessions. Although it is uncertain this ingenious design the hide the pharaoh within the pyramid can be seen on earlier pyramids such as the step pyramid of King Zoser, which was designed by the famous architect, Imhotep.

The pyramid of Khufu, who ruled the fourth dynasty roughly around 2600 B.C., has been the tallest structure on earth for more then 43 centuries ending its record in the 19th century. This pyramid is was so carefully constructed that each side of the pyramid points to the cardinal points on a compass. The angling slope of the pyramid is 51 degrees and 51 minutes. Although this massive structure was originally lined and covered with limestone to make it shine, centuries of erosion and human decadence has caused most of it to be unseen.
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