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Discover the seven wonders of the world


The 7 wonders of the world are above all a list of the most beautiful monuments of the world known at the time of its establishment, in the 3rd century BC. They were chosen by Philo of Byzantium, a poet of whom little is known - not to be confused with homonyms - who placed them in a booklet of 7 pages with a short description for each. This booklet was copied between the third and tenth centuries, when the copy was proved. Recovered by the University of Heidelberg, Germany, this document is still there, after being recovered - temporarily - by the Vatican then the French.

This list is now composed of the following monuments:

It should be noted that the lighthouse of Alexandria was later than the writing of the list (the so-called Palatinus 398), so it was not there. It has replaced the Ramparts of Babylon, of which little is known but which are unanimously considered as one of the principal monuments of the ancient period.


Information on the 7 wonders of the world

This website offers you a great amount of information about the 7 wonders of the world: You have no example of details on their sites, sometimes difficult to establish, but often perfectly known. For the most frequently asked questions, you can consult the FAQ that answers them. Otherwise, apart from the records devoted to each monument, you have some biographies related to the wonders: that of the geographer of the 1st century Strabo, who made a description of several of the monuments, but also that of Maarten van Heemskerck, a painter Dutchman of the sixteenth century who has produced a series of paintings on this theme.

Finally you will find here a reproduction of the document of the tenth century attributed to Philo de Bysance: Palatinus 398.



See also:

List of the 7 wonders of the ancient world

List of the 7 wonders of the modern world




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