The Seven Wonders of the ancient world have been brought back to life in stunning 3D detail revealing how the wonders of ancient engineering would have looked like when they were just completed, thousands of years ago.
Only one of the seven wonders remains standing today–the Great Pyramid of Giza–, as the other structures were lost over time due to Bellic conflicts, natural disasters, or crumbling civilization.
Insurance company Budget Direct has compared images of the modern-day locations to that of how the seven wonders of the world would have looked like in the past.
Their goal was to take the reader on a trip through time, and allow us to see what these majestic structures looked like when they were at their heydey.
When the ancient world looked upon these massive monuments in astonishment, as philosophers and writers like Herodotus, Callimachus of Cyrene and Antipater of Sidon made sure to include these wonders in their writings that would eventually become mankind’s written legacy.
“Our goal was to inspire people to rediscover the long-forgotten wonders of the ancient world. We aim to spark the curiosity of frequent travelers and Internet users alike, showcasing areas of the world that perhaps they’ve not read about before and have considered visiting. Our focus was to bring these relics to life so that readers could get a better feel of what they really looked like in their prime. The result is seven animated beautiful reconstructions that bring these unique structures to life before your very eyes!” – said the authors of the project.
The Hanging Gardens
The Hanging Gardens of ancient Babylon are perhaps one of the most enigmatic ancient wonders of the world. It remains a mystery whether or not this majestic structure ever existed, or if it was just the figment of a writer’s imagination.
According to legend, the Hanging Gardens were constructed near the Euphrates River in modern-day Iraq as a gift from Babylonian Ruler Nebuchadnezzar to his wife, Amytis.
The Colossus of Rhodes
One of the most incredible statues ever built on the surface of the planet was the 104ft recreation of the Greek sun god Helios, built at the Mandraki Harbour in Rhodes. the statue is beleived to have been built using the melted weapons of the Cypriot army’s arsenal, conquered after Demetrius Poliorcetes’ long siege of Rhodes. It took twelves years to complete, staring in 304 BC.
The Colossus eventually crumbled after a powerful earthquake struck Rhodes, 56 years after it was completed. Eventually, the statue’s remains were melted down by Muslim caliph Muawiyah and sold for the scrap.
The Lighthouse of Alexandria
The massive Lighthouse of Alexandria was proof that the ancient Egyptians could not only build majestic tombs but massive structures that served other purposes as well.
The Lighthouse was commissioned by Ptolemy I and completed in 300 – 280 BCE. For centuries, it remained as one of the largest buildings in the world, with a towering height of 330ft, second only to the Great Pyramid of Giza.
The Mausoleum at Halicarnassus
The gigantic 148ft mausoleum was constructed in modern-day Bodrum around 350BC. The Mausoleum at Halicarnassus was built as a tomb for Mausolus, king of Caria.
The tomb ended up being so spectacular that eventually, the ruler’s name ended up as the word that would describe a large funeral monument.
The Statue of Zeus
The 43 feet tall statue of Zeus was one of the more impressive statues ever built in ancient times.
Unfortunately, wood tends to catch fire and that ends up being an issue for a statue surviving the test of time.
That was the case of the Elean culture’s Statue of Zeus at Olympia which was destroyed in 426CE.
The Gold, ivory and ebony decorations, as well as the numerous precious tones that adorned the statue, have never been found.
The Temple of Artemis at Ephesus
The temple of Artemis is perhaps evidence of how cruel mankind can be with monuments that actually mean something to humanity.
The stunning temple of Artemis was built in honor of the Greek goddess who was the daughter of Zeus and Leto, the twin sister of Apollo, and the goddess of hunting, wild animals and the wilderness.
It was destroyed three times. First by Herostratus, then by the Goths who destroyed the entire city, and finally by the Christians around 401 CE, who left only the temple’s foundation as a single column that you can still see today if you travel to Turkey.
The Great Pyramid of Giza
The list concludes with the only standing ancient wonder of the world, the great PYramid of Giza. This majestic monument is thought to have been built by the ancient Egyptians more than 4,500 years ago.
It is a true wonder of ancient Engineering and architecture.
The fact that its the only standing monument today tells you just how incredible well-built the structure is, surviving conquests, natural disasters, and climate change.
Images by: Budget Direct