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World Wonders Frequently-Asked Questions

Q: What is the difference between the Seven Wonders and the Seven Ancient Wonders?

A: No difference.

Q: Who compiled the list of the Seven Ancient Wonders?

A: The first reference to the idea is found in History of Herodotus as long ago as the 5th century BC. His list comprised the Pyramids, the Hanging Gardens, and the Walls of Babylon among others. Callimachus of Cyrene (305BC-240BC), Chief Librarian of the Alexandria Mouseion, wrote "A Collection of Wonders around the World". All we know about the collection is its title, for it was destroyed with the Alexandria Library. The current list is sometimes attributed to the ancient poet and historian, Antipater of Sidon, although his list contained the Walls of Babylon in place of the Lighthouse of Alexandria. The final list of the Seven Wonders was compiled during the Middle Ages when they were first depicted by the great Dutch architect Maerten van Heemskerck.

Q: What are the Seven Modern/Natural Wonders?

A: It varies depending on the reference. There is no concensus, but click here for a list of some popular Modern and Natural Wonders.

Q: Why is the Taj Mahal/Great Wall/Pisa Tower not on the list?

A: The original list was compiled by ancient Greek historians before the Taj Mahal or the Pisa Tower were built. These historians did not know of the existence of the Great Wall (which did not take its present shape until the Middle Ages anyway). When the Dutch architect Maerten van Heemskerck compiled the final list in the Middle Ages, he relied mostly on the ancient Greek sources. In this WWW site, we have devoted a complete section to some of the greatest Forgotten Wonders.

Q: Why is the Eiffel Tower/Statue of Liberty/Big Ben not on the list?

A: The original list was compiled by ancient Greek historians long before the Eiffel Tower, the Statue of Liberty, and Big Ben were built. In this WWW site, we have devoted a complete section to some of the greatest Modern Wonders.


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