20 Fascinating Ancient Wonders of the World

Sunrise at Great Wall of China photo via Depositphotos

20 Fascinating Wonders of the Ancient World

We often read about the wonders of from ancient world. The Pyramids of Giza are the only structures left standing among the renowned “Big Seven” wonders of antiquity. Some wonders, like the Hanging Gardens of Babylon or the Statue of Zeus at Olympia, are long gone. Still, others, like the Temple of Artemis at Ephesus, now have foundations and a few scattered columns. Travelers from the past recorded the amazing things they had witnessed on their trips more than 2,000 years ago. Seven of such locations eventually gained attention as “wonders of the ancient world.” in this video, we’ll discuss the top 20 ancient wonders of the world. Thankfully, we can still visit and explore some of them, so let’s learn more about them.

From ancient structures to religious buildings, manmade wonders, and magnificent temples – this list covers all the best ancient wonders of the world that you should visit at least once.

The video will be amazing, so make sure to stick till the end.

Great Pyramid of Giza

Pyramids of Giza - Amazing Things to do in Cairo
Pyramids of Giza – Amazing Things to do in Cairo

The Great Pyramid of Giza is the largest in Egypt and houses Khufu’s tomb from the Fourth Dynasty. The earliest of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World pyramid was constructed in the early 26th century BC over around 27 years and is the only one to have substantially survived. It borders the current Giza in Greater Cairo, Egypt, and is a component of the Giza pyramid complex. The pyramids, enormous tombs of Egyptian pharaohs, are the only ancient wonders still in existence today. The Great Pyramid is the tallest of the three.

Hanging Gardens of Babylon

Hanging Gardens of Babylon image via Wikimedia commons
Hanging Gardens of Babylon image via Wikimedia commons

The Hanging Gardens of Babylon were one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World as compiled by Hellenic culture. They were characterized as a fantastic work of architecture, a vast green mountain made of mud bricks, with a rising succession of tiered gardens filled with various trees, shrubs, and vines. It was rumored to have been constructed in the ancient Iraqi city of Babylon, close to the modern-day province of Hillah. One of the Seven Wonders whose location has not been determined with certainty is the Hanging Gardens.

The gardens are not mentioned in any existing Babylonian writings, and no unambiguous archaeological evidence has been discovered in Babylon.

Statue of Zeus at Olympia

Statue of Zeus at Olympia via Wikimedia commons
Statue of Zeus at Olympia via Wikimedia commons

The Statue of Zeus at Olympia was a vast, sitting statue that stood approximately 12.4 meters (41 feet) tall and was constructed in the Temple of Zeus at Olympia, Greece, by the Greek artist Phidias around 435 BC. Zeus, who reigns as monarch of the gods of Mount Olympus, is the sky and thunder deity of classical Greek mythology.

The statue was an ivory and gold chryselephantine sculpture mounted on a hardwood base. Zeus occupied a painted cedarwood throne adorned with ebony, ivory, precious stones, and gold.

Temple of Artemis

The site of Temple of Artemis in 2017 by FDV via Wikimedia cc
The site of Temple of Artemis in 2017 by FDV via Wikimedia cc

The Temple of Diana, also known as the Temple of Artemis or Artemision, was a Greek temple devoted to a prehistoric regional manifestation of the goddess Artemis (identified with Diana, a Roman goddess). It was situated in Ephesus, a city in modern-day Turkey next to Selçuk. It was wrecked or destroyed by 401 AD. At the location, all left of the last temple is its foundations and ruins.

Mausoleum at Halicarnassus

The ruins of the Mausoleum at Halicarnassus by FollowingHadrian via Wikimedia cc
The ruins of the Mausoleum at Halicarnassus by FollowingHadrian via Wikimedia cc

The Mausoleum at Halicarnassus or Monument of Mausolus[a] was a tomb constructed for Mausolus, an Anatolian from Caria and a satrap in the Achaemenid Empire, and his sister-wife Artemisia II of Caria, between 353 and 350 BC at Halicarnassus (current-day Bodrum, Turkey). Greek architects Satyros and Pythius of Priene created the building. Its raised tomb design was inspired by tombs nearby Lycia, which Mausolus had conquered and occupied in 360 BC, including the Nereid Monument.

Colossus of Rhodes

Colossus of Rhodes
Colossus of Rhodes

The statue of the Greek sun god Helios known as the Colossus of Rhodes was built in 280 BC by Chares of Lindos in the city of Rhodes on the same-named Greek island. It was built to commemorate the successful defense of Rhodes City against an invasion by Demetrius Poliorcetes. They had besieged the city for a year with a sizable army and fleet. It is considered one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.

Lighthouse of Alexandria

3D reconstruction of the Lighthouse of Alexandria by SciVi 3D Studio via Wikimedia cc
3D reconstruction of the Lighthouse of Alexandria by SciVi 3D Studio via Wikimedia cc

The Ptolemaic Kingdom of Ancient Egypt constructed the Lighthouse of Alexandria, also known as the Pharos of Alexandria, during the reign of Ptolemy II Philadelphus (280–247 BC). Its total height is thought to have been at least 100 meters (330 feet). It was one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World and the highest man-made tower in the world for many centuries.

Great Wall of China, China

Sunrise at Great Wall of China photo via Depositphotos
Sunrise at Great Wall of China photo via Depositphotos

In December 1987, the Great Wall of China was included in the UNESCO World Heritage List. The wall is the world’s most extended man-made construction, measuring around 21196.18 kilometers or 13170.7 miles. The wall, constructed over centuries by more than six different Chinese dynasties, is more than 2,300 years old. The wall is not a straight line. It features gaps where mountains or lakes provide protection and spurs that point in various directions.

Hagia Sophia, Turkey

Hagia Sophia officially the Great Mosque of Ayasofya photo via Depositphotos
Hagia Sophia officially the Great Mosque of Ayasofya photo via Depositphotos

The Hagia Sophia is one of those unique structures that accommodate various religions. It was once a Greek Orthodox church before being converted to a mosque, albeit it is currently neither one nor a mosque but a museum. It provided the Byzantine world with a center of religious, political, and artistic activity and has given us many valuable scholarly insights into the time. Following Sultan Mehmed II’s conquest of Constantinople in 1453, when he converted the building into a mosque, it was also a significant place of Muslim prayer.

Machu Picchu, Peru

Isadora Koller in Machu Picchu
Isadora Koller in Machu Picchu

The most popular tourist attraction in Peru is Machu Picchu, located in the Andes Mountains at more than 7,000 feet. Machu Picchu, a monument to the Incan Empire constructed approximately 1450 AD, was declared one of the New Seven Wonders of the World in 2007 and a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1983. In addition to being 2,430 meters above sea level, which results in a shortage of oxygen, these mystery remains are sure to leave you out of breath. Additionally, the view of this Inca settlement is exceptionally breathtaking.

Taj Mahal, India

Taj Mahal
Taj Mahal

Many people agree that the Taj Mahal is one of the most stunning structures ever made. The beautiful mausoleum in Agra, India, is a timeless memorial to a husband’s devotion to his preferred wife. It is made of excellent marble. It is also a timeless example of a mighty empire’s technological and aesthetic achievements. The Taj Mahal’s so-called “22 chambers” in the basement are a long, arched hallway with doors set along it to use the space better. Its beauty is legendary, not just in India but also outside of India. It still amazes me as much now since it is over 400 years old as it did in its first year!

Banaue Rice Terraces, Philippines

Banaue Rice Terraces
Banaue Rice Terraces

The Igorot people’s forefathers built terraces in the mountains of Banaue, Ifugao, in the Philippines. These terraces are known as the Banaue Rice Terraces. The terraces have been called the “Eighth Wonder of the World” on occasion. Most people believe that the terraces were primarily constructed by hand using just essential tools. The Banaue Rice Terraces are stunning to see, and the rice terraces are still being actively cultivated till today.

Angkor Wat, Cambodia

Angkor Wat Temple in Cambodia
Angkor Wat Temple in Cambodia

The most well-known ancient temple complex in Cambodia is Angkor Wat. It is breathtaking, with its five towers resembling lotuses towering 65 meters into the sky. This UNESCO World Heritage site near Siem Reap was once the world’s biggest pre-industrial metropolis. The widely held belief is that Angkor abruptly collapsed in 1431 due to an invasion by citizens of the influential city of Ayutthaya, located in modern-day Thailand. This ancient temple is one of the most visited tourist attractions in Cambodia. They are pretty stunning, especially in the gentle light of morning or dusk.

Easter Islands

Heads of buried moais standing on a mountain in Easter Island photo via DepositPhotos
Heads of buried moais standing on a mountain in Easter Island photo via DepositPhotos

An isolated volcanic island in Polynesia, Easter Island is a territory of Chile. Rapa Nui is its indigenous name. It is renowned for its archaeological sites, which include almost 900 enormous sculptures called moai that locals built between the 13th and 16th centuries. The moai are sculpted humans with oversized heads frequently perch on massive stone pillars known as ahus. The majority of the upright moai are located on Ahu Tongariki.

Grand Canyon, USA

Horseshoe Bend - Grand Canyon
Horseshoe Bend – Grand Canyon

A large portion of the enormous Grand Canyon is located in Arizona’s Grand Canyon National Park, whose stratified bands of red rock show millions of years of geological history. The Yavapai Observation Station, Mary Colter’s Lookout Studio, and her Desert View Watchtower are a few viewpoints. Lipan Point is well-liked with its expansive views of the canyon and Colorado River, particularly at sunrise and sunset. When visiting Arizona and Nevada, you must see the Grand Canyon, one of America’s most well-known natural monuments.

Great Barrier Reef, Australia

Whitsunday Island Great Barrier Reef
Whitsunday Island Great Barrier Reef

In the Coral Sea, Australia’s northeastern coast is where you may find the Great Barrier Reef. It begins at the northernmost point of the Cape York Peninsula and extends down to Bundaberg in the south, covering a coastline of more than 2,300 kilometers in Queensland. Additionally, it is of scientific significance since it protects endangered animals like the dugong (commonly known as the “sea cow”) and substantial green turtles.

Mount Everest, Nepal

Mount Everest
Mount Everest

The Mahalangur Himal sub-range of the Himalayas contains Mount Everest, the peak on Earth with the most significant elevation above sea level. At its highest point, the boundary between China and Nepal stretches. The Chinese and Nepali governments most recently determined its height to be 8,848.86 m in 2020. The view from Mount Everest’s summit is something to brag about, but a picture of the mountain from a distance is also pretty impressive. Mount Everest is the epitome of high mountains, endurance, and human struggle.

Victoria Falls, border of Zambia and Zimbabwe

Victoria Falls in Africa
Victoria Falls in Africa

Victoria Falls are a component of the mighty Zambezi River, which separates Zambia and Zimbabwe. The waterfall is easily accessible from either nation via Victoria Falls Town in Zimbabwe or Livingstone in Zambia. Zimbabwe borders it to the west and Zambia to the east. The distance between the immigration buildings—1.8 km—makes it a significant walk if you have luggage, but you can also take a taxi if you’d rather.

Aurora Borealis

Aurora borealis or the Northern Lights
Aurora borealis or the Northern Lights

It doesn’t matter where you see and experience these natural wonders that light up the night sky. Auroras display dynamic patterns of brilliant lights that appear as curtains, rays, spirals, or dynamic flickers covering the entire sky. The Nordic nations of Iceland, Norway, Sweden, and Finland, located inside or close to the Arctic Circle, are the most significant locations to view the aurora borealis. Russia, Alaska, and Canada’s northwest regions are other potential locations to search for them.

Citadelle Laferrière, Haiti

Citadelle Laferriere by Remi Kaupp via Wikimedia cc
Citadelle Laferriere by Remi Kaupp via Wikimedia cc

The Citadelle Laferriere, the most extraordinary castle in the Americas and a symbol of the Haitian slave struggle, was one of the first monuments built by emancipated black slaves. On the summit of Bonnet, a L’Eveque mountain on Haiti’s northern shore, lies a fortification called Citadelle Laferrière. This remarkable building, shown on local money, stamps, and postcards, has come to represent the strength and independence of Haiti.

Have you been to any of these Fascinating Ancient Wonders of the World? Which of these beautiful ancient wonders will you explore first? Let us know in the comment section below!

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