7 WONDERS OF THE WORLDSEVEN WONDERS OF THE WORLD is a listing of notable objects in the world. The practice of listing the seven wonders begun in ancient times, when Greeks and Romans compiled lists of memorable things that travelers should see. There were many lists compiled that included many different wonders. But all the lists of ancient wonders included only man-made objects that were considered notable because of their size or some other unusual quality.
Since that time, others - usually writers, explorers, and world travelers - have compiled lists of the Seven Natural Wonders and the Seven Modern Wornders. This articles lists the most commonly mentioned seven ancient, natural, and modern wonders of the world.
The Ancient Wonders
1. The Pyramids of Egypt
2. The Hanging Gardens of Babylon
3. The Temple of Artemis at Ephesus
4. The Statue of Zeus at Olympia
5. The Mausoleum of Halicarnassus
6. The Colossus of Rhodes
7. The Lighthouse of Alexandria
The Natural Wonders
World travelers and explorers list the following natural wonders:
1. Mount Everest, on the Nepal-Tibet border;
2. Victoria Falls on the Rhodesia-Zambia border;
3. Grand Canyon of the Colorado River;
4. Great Barrier Reef of Australia, the world's largest coral formation;
5. Caves in France and Spain with their prehistoric paintings;
6. Parýcutin, a young volcano in Mexico:
7. The harbour at Rio de Janeiro.
Many other natural wonders are often listed, such as the giant sequoia trees of California; Raimbow Natural Bridge of Utah; Yellowstone Falls in Yellowstone National Park; Crater Lake and Wizard Island in Oregon; and the Carlsbad Caverns of New Mexico.
The Modern Wonders
World travelers and explorers list the following as modern wonders:
1. Suez Canal;
2. Dneproges Dam on the Dnepr River in Russia;
3. Atomic Energy Research Establishment at Harwell, England;
4. Alaska (or Alcan) Highway, connecting Alaska with Canadian and with other United States highways;
5. Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco;
6. Eiffel Tower in Paris;
7. Empire State Building in New York City.
Engeneering groups sometimes list additional projects and wonders.
From: The World Book Encyclopedia, Vol. 17, 1972.