10 amazing
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Lifespans of
the Seven Wonders

The Pyramid of Khufu has lasted nearly 100 times as long as did the Colossus of Rhodes. And, it has survived almost as many centuries (46) as the other six combined (52).  Below are the longevity rankings (known and estimated lifespans are given):

1. Pyramids of Khufu
      46 centuries (and counting)
2. Mausoleum at Halicarnassus
      17 centuries
3. Lighthouse of Alexandria
      16 centuries
4. Statue of Zeus
      9 centuries
5. Temple of Artemis
      8 centuries
6. Hanging Gardens of Babylon
      1 century
7. Colossus of Rhodes
      ½ century


Earthquake damage

Earthquakes helped destroy the majority of the ancient Seven Wonders. The four victims are the Colossus of Rhodes, Lighthouse of Alexandria, Mausoleum at Halicarnassus and Temple of Artemis. The three exceptions are the Statue of  Zeus (by fire), Hanging Gardens of Babylon (by water damage and brick deterioration) and Pyramid of Khufu (still going strong).

Suppose all of the seven
wonders existed today
in their prime conditions.
Which would you as a traveler
like to see most? 

Here's the consensus rankings based on my interviews with seasoned world travelers who are well-versed on the ancient 7 wonders:

1. Pyramid of Khufu
2. Temple of Artemis
3. Colossus of Rhodes
4. Lighthouse of Alexandria
5. Mausoleum at Halicarnassus
6. Statue of Zeus
7. Hanging Gardens of Babylon


Chances are you will not agree with the above wish-to-see rankings. That's expected. Mathematically, there are 5,040 different ways to arrange the list of 7 wonders and each permutation has its own thoughtful adherents. I would enjoy reading your personal rankings (and the reasons behind them). Click the "email me your opinion" linkbelow.

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