Blogging I m not for glory but ahem
Placed among top 7 , Taj shined as before
Surmounted unprecedented beauty in its store
Of love, of faith
Stood there it is ….
Did it or rather all monuments or historical marvels deserve the destiny of re-evaluation to prove their worth?
Firstly do we all know what “seven wonders “ are :….
The 'Seven Wonders of the World' (or the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World) is a widely-known list of seven remarkable manmade constructions of classical antiquity. It was based on guide-books popular among Hellenic sight-seers and only includes works located around the Mediterranean rim. Later lists include those for the Medieval World and the Modern World.
Lets ponder on few points that I wanted from long to share…
1. What the need for it? Without your vote the architectural marvel would still be marvelous. Who are we to decide.
2. Who is that non – profit organization to decide this … I seriously doubt its fairness.
3. The organization has succeeded in catching attention and heavy traffic to its site full of ads and banners. They gonna earn big time for rest of their life from this campaign.
4. Did u all know that these are the original(traditional) wonders…and only one of them survives today:-
The historian Herodotus (ca 484-425 BC), and the scholar Callimachus of Cyrene (ca 305-240 BC) at the Museum of Alexandria, made early lists of "seven wonders" but their writings did not survive, except as references.
The list included:
The Great Pyramid of Giza, built around 2650-2500 BC as the tomb of fourth dynasty Egyptian pharaoh Khufu.
The Hanging Gardens of Babylon, built around 600 BC. Herodotus claimed that the outer walls were 56 miles in length, 80 feet thick and 320 feet high. Believed destroyed by earthquake.
The Temple of Artemis at Ephesus, built 550 BC and dedicated to the Greek goddess Artemis. Burned down in 356 BC.
The Statue of Zeus at Olympia, erected in 435 BC and 12 metres (40 feet) tall. It was dismantled by Christian rulers in the 5th or 6th centuries to discourage paganism.
The Mausoleum of Maussollos at Halicarnassus in what is now southeast Turkey, built in 351 BC and approximately 45 metres (135 feet) tall. Each of its four sides was adorned with reliefs. Origin of the word mausoleum. Damaged by an earthquake and destroyed by AD 1494 by European Crusaders.
The Colossus of Rhodes, built 292-280 BC. A giant bronze statue of the Greek god Helios, roughly the same size as today's Statue of Liberty in New York. Destroyed in 224 BC by earthquake.
The Lighthouse of Alexandria, built in 3rd century BC Egypt. At 115-135 metres (380-440 feet) tall it was among the tallest man-made structures on Earth for many centuries. Destroyed in the Middle Ages by earthquake.
As u can see all are of Greek background . The list we know has been made in medival ages and its authenticity is not known.
5. Modern lists
In the tradition of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, many other lists of wonders have been proposed, including both human feats of engineering and wonders of Nature. However, these lists are rather informal, and there is no consensus on any particular list.
The American Society of Civil Engineers compiled another list of wonders of the modern world:
Wonder Date Started Date Finished Locations
Channel Tunnel December 1, 1987 May 6, 1994 Strait of Dover, between England and France
CN Tower February 6, 1973 June 26, 1976 Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Empire State Building January 22, 1930 May 1, 1931 New York, New York, USA
Golden Gate Bridge January 5, 1933 May 27, 1937 Golden Gate Strait, north of San Francisco, California, USA
Itaipu Dam January 1970 May 5, 1984 Paraná River, between Brazil and Paraguay
Delta Works 1953 May 10, 1997 Netherlands, Europe
Panama Canal January 1, 1880 January 7, 1914 Isthmus of Panama, Central America
Note: To date we are counting TAJ MAHAL as one of the seven wonders…. But it is actually a tourist travel wonder.
Courtesy : Modern List data has been copied directly from wiki.