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Art and Entertainment Architecture The Seven Ancient Wonders of the World By: Saad Aqil The art of planning and constructing buildings is known as architecture. A work of architecture should be firmly built, integrated with its function and setting, and pleasing to the eyes. It is both a scientific and an artistic discipline. It has often been called "the mother of the arts/ because it comprises of painting, sculpture and decoration. Initially, buildings served as protection against the weather and against man's enemies. Additionally, individuals sought to express their many religious, social, political, and aesthetic appreciations in the architectural wonders they created. Many a time, however, the enormous beauty of an architectural magnificence was to express devotion to a greatly revered and loved one. Architecture has undergone significant transformations that derive awe and amazement from the beholder. Such architecture is apparent in the ancient Seven Wonders of the World. The ancient Greeks and Roman observers loved to compile lists of the marvelous structures in their world. ...read more.


Some lists include only the Great Pyramid, rather than all the pyramids. The Hanging Gardens of Babylon, perhaps built by King Nebuchadnezzar II about 600 bc, were a mountain like series of planted terraces. Ancient historians report that Babylon at that time was dazzling in the splendor of its palace and temple buildings, fortification walls, and paved processional ways. The Hanging Gardens consisted of several tiers of platform terraces built upon arches and extending to a great height. Accounts of their height range from about 24 m (80 ft) to a less reliable estimate of more than 90 m (300 ft). Trees and colorful plants and flowers grew on the terraces, irrigated with water brought up from the Euphrates River. Archaeologists have discovered remains of walls along the Euphrates that may have belonged to the Hanging Gardens. The Statue of Zeus at Olympia was carved in the mid-5th century bc by the Greek sculptor Phidias. ...read more.


The statue stood about 32 m (105 ft) tall and according to legend, it straddled the harbor. An earthquake destroyed it in 224 bc. The Pharos of Alexandria was an ancient lighthouse located on an island in the harbor of Alexandria, Egypt. The lighthouse, built about 280 bc during the reign of Ptolemy II, stood more than 134 m (440 ft) tall about as high as a 40-story building. A fire was kept burning at its top to welcome sailors. Storms and an earthquake had damaged the lighthouse by 955 ad. An earthquake completely destroyed it during the 14th century. What makes some thing so unique and marvelous that replication seems impossible? Does it require pure genius or dedication? Buddhist believe that in order to achieve some thing, one only needs to look inside themselves and believe in themselves and god will lead them to victory. All The Seven Structures expressed the true affection of their builders, thus creating a wonder.... 'Architecture.... ...read more.

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