But arguably the most famous of the Seven Wonders is the one that’s still around today. Completed in around 2561 B.C., Egypt’s Great Pyramid in Giza remained for nearly 4,000 years the highest structure ever built by humans. And although many of the tomb’s treasures were stolen a long time ago, the pyramid itself remains almost intact.
At the other end of the Seven Wonders scale, however, are the Hanging Gardens of Babylon. You see, while the existence of the Great Pyramid can’t be denied, there’s no conclusive evidence that the Gardens ever really once flourished. In addition, there are no eyewitness descriptions of the wonder despite its popularity in Roman and Greek literature. If the Gardens were real, though, an earthquake may have destroyed them at some point following the end of the first century A.D.
Also among the ancient wonders is the Statue of Zeus, which is said to have been located on the ancient Greek site of Olympia. The 40-foot sculpture depicted the god with alabaster skin and garbed in gold robes, and the work sat on a throne in the Temple of Zeus before making its way to Constantinople. There, another earthquake – or possibly even a fire – was probably responsible for its destruction.