Before the magical power of the Internet, people had to discover everything first-hand and sharing their experience on social media wasn’t an option. Ancient tourists had to turn to scholarly advice when it came to beautiful sights to behold.
Here is when the ultimate “must-see” list of seven wonders of the World came about. A list of the greatest examples of human ingenuity, amazing architecture and genius engineering conducted by various Hellenic authors in guidebooks and poems dates from 1st-2nd century BC. Contributors to the list of the Wonders of the World include Philo of Byzantium, Herodotus, Callimachus of Cyrene and Antipater of Sidon.
Even though most of the Seven Wonders have fallen into disrepair, they continued to inspire masterful artists to use their imagination and turn the intangible relicts of Earth’s early civilizations to life. Budget Direct decided to give the modern culture-lovers a chance to visit the majestic ancient structures through a series of photo-realistic 3D renderings.
Statue of Zeus
The 43ft tall remarkable piece that depicted the God of Thunder on a throne, was an attempt to overshadow the Athenians, but it didn’t shine for long. The cedar throne and the wooden frame were destroyed in 426CE and the rich gold, ivory, ebony decorations, and precious stones are now missing, presumed pilfered.
Hanging Gardens of Babylon
Legend says, that The Hanging Gardens of Babylon were built near the Euphrates River in modern-day Iraq as a gift from Babylonian King Nebuchadnezzar to his wife, Amytis, who was homesick for the verdant mountains of the Median Empire. We don’t know if it is a fairytale or true story but we can tell that the gardens looked like a green paradise on Earth.
Lighthouse of Alexandria
The lighthouse that set the bar for all future lighthouses, the monumental Lighthouse of Alexandria, instructed by Ptolemy I and built-in 300-280 BCE by Sostratus of Cnidus, is believed to be the first lighthouse in the world. This spectacular building (330ft tall) was for centuries the third tallest building in the world after the pyramids of Giza. It was gradually demolished by earthquakes between the 12th century and late 15th.
Mausoleum at Halicarnassus
This was built for Mausolus, king of Caria, that was so spectacular that the late ruler’s name became a word describing a large funeral monument. The impressive 148ft mausoleum was built in present-day Bodrum around 350 BCE. Made of white marble, the structure reflected Greek, Egyptian and Lycian architectural features. The Mausoleum gradually fell into disrepair from numerous earthquakes in the 13th century.
Great Pyramid of Giza
Nowadays, when we talk about the tallest buildings it doesn’t impress anyone, but it took modern man until the 19th century to build a taller building than the Great Pyramid of Giza which held the record of being world’s tallest man-made structure for more than four thousand years. This 481ft-tall pyramid was built on 13 acres as a tomb for the Egyptian pharaoh Khufu in 2560 BCE.
Temple of Artemis at Ephesus
This Greek goddess of chastity, hunting, wild animals, forests, and fertility was built and destroyed three times: Herostratus was first, in an act of attention-seeking arson; then the Goths, who destroyed the city on the run; and finally, in 401 CE, the Christians left behind only the foundations and a single column which can still be visited today in Turkey.
Colossus of Rhodes
The Colossus, as a symbol of unity, was sculpted for twelve years beginning in 304 BC by Chares of Lindos. It was a 104ft tall triumphal statue of the Greek sun-god Helios built over Mandraki Harbour in Rhodes on 49ft marble pedestals allowing ships to pass between his legs. The gigantic statue couldn’t withstand a powerful earthquake a mere 56 years later. The statue remained in decline for almost a millennium until after the invasion of Arabs, when it was melted down by the Muslim caliph Muawiyah and sold for the scrap.