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Ancient World 7 Wonders and Among Them the Lighthouse of Alexandria

By Aaran Hussey Subscribe to RSS | May 3rd 2012 | Views:
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World is a great place for those who wish to explore every corner of it. Travelers and tourists have garnered special interest for the places that have been centre of attraction for decades due to the architectural amazement contributed by great minds over many years. Many of them are a part of 7 Wonders of the World. List such as this varies with some architectural wonders sometimes included and sometimes excluded. Most common of these lists include the following World 7 Wonders, vis-à-vis Great Pyramid of Giza, Hanging Gardens of Babylon, Statue of Olympia, Temple of Artemis at Ephesus, Mausoleum of Maussollos at Halicarnassus, Colossus of Rhodes and Lighthouse of Alexandria.

Among these 7 Wonders of the World (Ancient World), Lighthouse of Alexandria holds specific interest of people due to its importance. With square base, octagonal middle part and cylindrical upper part, this masterpiece was idea of Ptolemy I that was completed in the reign of Ptolemy Philadelphos in the 3rd century BC. Ruins of this could be found even today where many attempts has been made to restore this old symbol of proud. Lighthouse of Alexandria Facts includes its 120-140 meters ht (estimated approximately) as it used to guide ships to the island. It is also fairly believed that statue of Triton and Poseidon stood in and atop the tower. After Muslims took over the place called Egypt, the lighthouse was taken as a mosque until its destruction by nature.

Fabulous masonry work with interlocked blocks, sealing of which was done by molten lead to make it withstand the waves. Even after that, the once proud building got irrevocably damaged by three subsequent earthquakes that came in the years of 956, 1303 and 1323, respectively. In inclusion of Lighthouse of Alexandria in Ancient World 7 wonders is not something by chance. It is the sheer human intellect that brought out that sturdy of a design that inspired many things in later years like more such buildings, books, films, etc. Lighthouse of Alexandria facts could be easily found if looked for along with the ruins of once undoubtedly grand representation of civilization.

Now what we know of latest list of 7 Wonders of the World, it doesn’t mentions this building but architectures that are relatively new to human existence but wonder nonetheless. Make sure you get chance to visit to all of the World 7 wonders at some point of time in your life and marvel on being born as human.

Aaran Hussey - About Author:
Aaran Hussey is an author associate editor for tourism in India. we also provide information about 7 Wonders of World and Lighthouse of Alexandria Facts.

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