The Colossus of Rhodes is one of official Seven Ancient Wonders of the World and was located on the Greek island of Rhodes. The statue depicted the Greek God of the Sun, Helios, and was built to commemorate Rhodes’ victory over Cyprus.
The Colossus stood over 98 feet tall – making it one of the tallest statues in the ancient world. In comparison, the Statue of Liberty is 111 feet tall from her heel to the top of her head. Both statues were built as symbols to freedom.
The Colossus stood for approximately 50 years before it was destroyed by an earthquake, but the imposing ruins continued to draw visitors for hundreds of years before it was eventually used for scrap metal.
The Temple of Artemis
The Temple of Artemis was a large temple dedicated to the Greek goddess Artemis located in modern day Turkey. The final version of the temple included 127 columns, was 450 feet long, 225 feet wide and 60 feet tall.
Ruins of the temple are still visible today.
Mountain City of Petra
Petra is an ancient city carved into mountains in Southern Jordan.
Petra still exists today and is Jordan’s most popular tourist destination, but fortunately there isn’t a major highway running through it – yet. The area is under threat from unsustainable tourism, despite the fact that UNESCO describes Petra as “one of the most precious cultural properties of man’s cultural heritage.”
This image shows the Parthenon at the Acropolis in Athens, Greece. The site was a former temple dedicated to the goddess, Athena. Ruins of the Parthenon remain, but the site today is nowhere near its former glory.
The Tower of Babel
The Tower of Babel was mentioned in the Book of Genesis as a structure whose top “reached towards the heavens”. The artist clearly took some artistic freedom here, but if the tower were created true to its description, it would shame the modern skyscrapers of the world today.
The Hanging Gardens of Babylon
The Hanging Gardens of Babylon have never been proven to actually exist, but if they did its assumed they were located somewhere in Iraq.
Legend claims the hanging gardens were constructed by Nebuchadnezzar II for his wife, Queen Amytis, because she missed the fertile hills and valleys of her native home, Medes. No archaeological proof of the gardens has ever been found, and the only known accounts are Greek and Roman writings about the massive size of the gardens.
Taqi ad-Din Observatory
The Taqi ad-Din observatory was the largest astronomical observatory built in the Islamic world. It was constructed in Istanbul in 1577, but only stood for three years until it was eventually destroyed by opponents of astronomy.
The Sphinx is the largest monolith statue in the world, standing at 66 feet tall and 241 feet long. The nose of the Sphinx is famously broken, but this image gives you a good idea of what it may look like if it was restored to its former glory.