As someone who can’t make a straight line – these drawings astound me. They were done by Michael Turner and taken from the magazine Aramco World.
The Lighthouse at Alexandria was built in 279 BC on the island of Pharos by Sostratus. It was over 400 feet high and remains could still be seen in 1480 –
when the Mamluk ruler constructed a fort on the site of the lighthouse.
The Colossus of Rhodes stands over 100 feet tall, this statue of the Greek sun god
was completed by the sculptor Chares in 280 B.C. The Colossus stood with one
hand shielding its eyes looking over the harbor of the Greek island.
The Mausoleum of Halikarnassos was built by the wife of the Carian ruler
Mausolus in 353 B.C. It was such a great size with sculpted friezes, so beautiful,
that fragments are preserved in Turkey and the British Museum.
The Statue of Zeus was sculpted by the Greek Phidias around 430 B.C. Though
small in relation to the other wonders of the ancient world it won fame because
of its beauty.
Temple of Diana at Ephesus measured 300 by 150 ft. with columns 60 ft. high.
The temple dedicated to the goddess Diana began about 555 B.C. by Croesus,
king of Lydia. Avandal burned down the original temple in 356 BC; it was rebuilt
by Alexander the Great.
The Hanging Gardens of Babylon rise on terraces 400 ft. above the level of the
plain. These hanging gardens were built by Nebuchadnezzar about 600 B.C. to
console his queen, who missed the mountains, trees and flowers of her native Media.
May Your Glass Always Be Half Full