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Where were the 7 Wonders of the Ancient World located?
Where were the 7 wonders of the ancient World Located?
The response to this question can be blatantly Eastern Mediterranean Sea, because this area covers Turkey, Greece, Egypt, and other important countries in the area. This is the birthplace of civilization where people started founding cities, states, and civilizations.
After completing the primary needs of mankind such as food, shelter, community, and cooperation, they started creating a more complex trade web among shores of the Mediterranean Sea and sealed some of these cities with eminent monuments that we know as 7 Wonders of The Ancient World as Antipater of Sidon mentioned.
What later became known as the “Seven Wonders of the World” was a set of man-made works, which were named and listed by the Greeks for the purpose of presenting “the seven things worth seeing.” The works were distinguished by their beauty, grandeur, sumptuousness, and magnitude.
How many of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World is in Turkey?
2 of the 7 Wonders of the Ancient World were in Turkey, however, today unfortunately none stands here. No matter how gorgeous and strong they were, with devastating earthquakes of the Aegean Sea, they were collapsed within centuries.
Due to the inadequate policies of the Ottoman Empire, the relics of these two structures were given as gifts to British Empire to resolve problems and today they are exhibited in the British Museum collection. You can visit ‘Ephesus Room‘ in British Museum to see Artemis Temple relics of Mausoleum of Halicarnassus kilometers away from their original place of construction.
What is the Importance of Artemis Temple?
The Temple to the goddess Artemis, of Ephesus (present-day Turkey), was built, rebuilt, and enlarged several times over the centuries, until, around 262 AD, it was destroyed during the barbarian invasion of the Goths. Possible remains can be found today.
At first, it was constructed for the sake of the goddess Artemis, known as Diana, who was the goddess of wild nature and hunting in ancient Greek mythology. The gigantic marble columns made it famous, despite the devastation multiple times due to earthquakes and invaders it was rebuilt many times as it was dedicated to a Goddess.
Actually, it was the biggest temple built by Greek people and one of the most famous architects Theodorus who lived around 500 BC. Within years the temple became also a market for trade and was adorned with bronze statues with the finest works of artists.
What is the Importance of the Mausoleum of Halicarnassus?
Today the town is known as Bodrum by locals and many visitors, however in all ancient resources it was written as Halicarnassus, Estimated height of the mausoleum was 45 meters (approximately 140 ft).
Apart from Artemis Temple and many others in the area, this structure was dedicated to a king in Asian Minor. It was built in the memory of King Mausollos as a grand and ornamented tomb to remember him as a hero who brought peace to the country.
As a symbol of peace it was built by both people from the local areas of Greek civilization, with numerous bronze and golden statues it became the most well-known structure of the world even today.
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