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The Seven Wonders Of The World have
always fascinated me, because it is a well known fact that no man
can live without beauty and creativity in his life. The spiritual
needs of everybody -- individuality, "belonging to",
compassion and love for someone, meaningful work, recreation and
distressing, creativity, justice and fairness, truth and beauty -- are
so overwhelming instinctive demands, that they cannot be overheard by
anyone wishing to live a meaningful life.
Some of the most startling examples of
creativity were "The Seven Wonders Of The World", described
in a Hellenistic epigram by Antinatros from Sidon (ca. 200 BC.), which
mentions the most famous buildings and works of art of the antiquity.
- The Walls and Suspended
- The Egyptian Pyramids,
- The Zeus Statue by Phidias in Olympia,
- The Colossus at Rhodes,
- The Artemis Temple in Ephesus,
- The Mausoleum at
- The Lighthouse of Alexandria (Faros)
The stamp on the right, shown largely
oversized, issued by Congo, shows a map of the
Mediterranean, with the approximate location of each of the
known Seven Wonders of the World.
I was delighted when I first found
the very nice set of seven, issued by Hungary in 1980, showing these
Wonders, and decided at once to show them on this site. The same theme
was issued by Mongolia in 1990, and are shown alongside with the
Hungarian stamps. Enjoy!
||Suspended Gardens of Babylon.
Babylon: archaic for "The Door to God".
The town is mentioned the first time about 2250 BC, and
had its first Golden Era when Hammurabi made it capital and
built the wall of about 18 km around the city in the
1700th century BC.
The Suspended Gardens are believed to have
been made by King Nebukadnezar II around 575 BC. It is
still disputed by the scientists, whether the tall building in
the background was supposed to be The Tower of Babel.
||The Egyptian Pyramids at
There are really 7 pyramids, the oldest one being the
stair-pyramid at Saqqara, built in the 25th century BC,
but the most well known ones are undoubtedly the
three named Mykerinos, Chefren and Cheops, built by the
Pharaohs of the 4th Dynasty.
||Zeus Statue in Olympia (Greece) by
Phidias, who lived about 500-430 BC, was a Greek sculptor and
one of the most acknowledged artists of the Time of Antiquity.
His colossal statue of Zeus, made from gold and ivory, has
disappeared, and is now only known from contemporary coins and
I find it rather interesting that the Greek God
Zeus has a pretty "Mongolian" look on the left
|The Colossus at Rhodes, Greece.
Rhodes is a small Greek island in the Mediterranean,
directly south of Asia Minor. A statue ca. 30-35 meters
tall, showing the Sun-God Helios.
The statue is believed to be made by
Chares and was possibly erected ca. 290 BC. It
was demolished by an earthquake ca. 230 BC. Rhodes means
in Greek "rose".
The Artemis-Temple at
Ephesus, Asia Minor.
Greek town of Ancient Times, particularly known for its Cult
The temple for this goddess
was built in the 500th century BC.
||The Mausoleum at Halikarnassos, Asia
Halikarnassos is situated on the coast of Asia Minor, and is
today known as Budrum. It was the birth-town of
Herodotus, and possibly also of Dionysus.
In the 2nd century BC it was the residential
city of King Mausolos, whose sister (and widow!) asked the
architect Pytheos to build his tomb "Mausoleion".
The building itself has disappeared since long, but the
word as such has certainly survived into our times ...
|The Lighthouse of Alexandria, Egypt.
In the Time of Antiquity Faros was a small Egyptian
island in the Mediterranean, just off the city of
The enormous lighthouse, more than 100
meters tall, was built by King Ptolemaios II 280-279 BC.
The lighthouse was in use until it broke together ca.
In 2001 an initiative was started by
the Swiss corporation
New Open World Corporation (NOWC) to choose the new Seven Wonders of
the World from a selection of 200 existing monuments for profit
twenty-one finalists were announced January 1, 2006, and the final results were announced on July 7, 2007. They are:
The Ancient City of Petra (Jordan)
Christ the Redeemer - (Statue) in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil)
Sanctuary of Machu Picchu (Peru)
City of Chichen-Itza Maya Site (Mexico)
Coliseum of Rome (Italy)
Taj Mahal (India)
As an eighth wonder (honorary candidate) was chosen
Great Pyramids at Giza (Eypt)
The UNESCO has clearly stated that the organization is
NOT involved in the nomination of these sites as Seven Wonders of the
World, but most of them (except for the Christ Statue in Rio de Janeiro)
are already on the UNESCO-list of World Cultural
Heritage. Click any of the above links for a virtual visit (on postage
stamps) to them.
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