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The SEVEN wonders of the ancient world are Artemision at Ephesus the temple of the Greek goddess ARTEMIS also the Roman goddess Diana was begun in 541 BC at Ephesus now a site in Turkey and completed 220 years later The temple was 425 feet long and 220 feet wide with 127 marble columns each 60 feet tall The gates were made of cypress and the ceiling of cedar The temple was destroyed by the Goths in 262 AD The Colossus of Rhodes a 100-foot-tall bronze statue of the sun god Helios was erected between 292 and 280 BC in the harbor at Rhodes According to legend it appeared to stand astride the harbor but was actually on a promontory overlooking it the statue was toppled by an earthquake around 224 BC and lay in ruins until 653 AD when the remains were sold as scrap metal The Hanging gardens of Babylon a series of five terraces of glazed brick each 50 feet above the next was erected by King Nebuchadnezzar for his wife Amytis in 562 BC The terraces featuring rare and exotic plants were connected by a winding stairway A pumping device supplied water so the gardens could be irrigated by fountains The Mausoleum at Halicarnassus a 140-foot-high white marble structure was built in 352 BC at Halicarnassus now a site in Turkey in memory of King Mausolus of Caria Its massive base contained a sarcophagus and supported 36 columns crowned with a stepped pyramid on which was constructed a marble chariot It was destroyed for the use of stone to build a castle for the Knights of Saint John in 1402 Olympian Zues a statue of the supreme god in Greek mythology was executed in gold and ivory for the
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