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The Oldest of the 7 Wonders of the World

A collage of The Seven Wonders of the (ancient) world. photo source: commons.wikimedia.org

The Seven Wonders of the Ancient World (which can be referred to as simply, the Seven Wonders of the World) are the seven remarkable man-made constructions erected during the classical era.
This list of the seven wonders of the ancient world was provided by Philo of Byzantium in the 2nd century B.C. and it was originally entitled The Seven Sights of the World.

There were seven wonders of the ancient world, among which were the Great Pyramid of Giza, the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, the Temple of Artemis at Ephesus, the Statue of Zeus at Olympia, the Colossus of Rhodes, and the Lighthouse of Alexandria.

The Great Pyramid of Giza. photo source: commons.wikimedia.org

What is the Oldest Wonder of the World?

The Great Pyramid of Giza is the world’s oldest of the Seven Wonders and the only one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World that has survived intact. The Great Pyramid of Giza was built as a tomb for the Egyptian Pharaoh Khufu, and construction on the pyramid could have started as early as the 26th century BC, or maybe earlier, and would have taken roughly 27 years to complete.

Giza Pyramids As Seen From Space Station. photo source: NASA

Did You Know?

  • The Great Pyramid of Giza is the only surviving wonder of the ancient world.
  • For 3871 years, the Khufu pyramid in Giza, Egypt, has been the tallest structure in the world (2560 BC to 1311 AD).
  • When the Great Pyramid was first built, it was approximately 146.5 metres tall (481 feet). As a result of erosion, the pyramid stands 138.8 metres (454.4 feet) tall, roughly 8 metres shorter than it did when it was completed.
  • The Great Pyramid of Giza is the world’s tallest pyramid, according to the Guinness Book of Records.
  • The Great Pyramids of Giza are easier to view from space than the Great Wall of China. It has been photographed multiple times by astronauts on the International Space Station.

Sources:Wikipedia, Wikipedia, Guinness World Records

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