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what are the seven wonders of the world?

Post 1

Rat

Just out of curiousity-does anyone know what the seven wonders of the ancient world are? Are there even seven? Hmmm.


what are the seven wonders of the world?

Post 2

Mustapha

Try these:

1) The Coliseum of Rome
2) The Catacombs of Alexandria
3) The Great Wall of China
4) Stonehenge
5) The Leaning Tower of Pisa
6) The Porcelain Tower of Nanking
7) The Hagia Sophia in Constantinople


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Post 3

Is mise Duncan

Stonhenge, the great wall of China and the leaning tower of pisa were unknown to the "anicient world".

I can add:
- The great pyramids
- The hanging gardens of Babylon
- The lighthouse at Alexandria

But as an interesting [you be the judge of that smiley - smiley ] aside - what are the seven wonders of the modern world? I unilaterally impose the rule that they must be man-made.


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Post 4

Mustapha

Sure they would have been unknown to the ancient world if they were the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, which they weren't. The list I gave was from the Middle Ages. An alternate list of Seven Wonders of Antiquity are as follows:

The Pyramids first, which in Egypt were laid;
Then Babylon's Garden for Amytis made;
Third, Mansolus's Tomb of affection and guilt;
Fourth, the Temple of Dian, in Ephesus built;
Fifth, Colossos of Rhodes, cast in brass, to th sun;
Sixth, Jupiter's Statue, by Phidias done;
The Pharos of Egypt, last wonder of old,
Or the Palace of Cyrus, cemented with gold.

E.C.B.


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Post 5

Is mise Duncan

I stand corrected.


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Post 6

Wand'rin star

Sit down, this is going to be a long thread.
Wonders of modern world?
The Hong Kong escalator(s)
The Humber bridge
The London Eye (goes off for a cup of coffee).......


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Post 7

Is mise Duncan

Whilst they are quite common, I still can't watch a 747 take off without being filled with awe. They're just astonishing things...


what are the seven wonders of the world?

Post 8

Anonymouse

I thought the Sphynx was one.


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Post 9

Anonymouse

So I would have agreed, had I not been to the Airport with Dad this past summer and feasted my eyes on a 757. smiley - winkeye

'Nonnie


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Post 10

Anonymouse

The greatest wonder of the modern world is one that has yet to be built, but one I would dearly love to witness. That is the monument erected to celebrate achieved World Peace.

'Nonnie


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Post 11

Bald Bloke

And bloody annoying when the winds the wrong way and your under the flight path.


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Post 12

Bald Bloke

*** Hit return too soon***

But I still prefer the paper dart (Concorde)even if it is the noisiest civil aircraft ever built.


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Post 13

Mustapha

I think subjectivity is one of the determining factors. smiley - smiley


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Post 14

Wand'rin star

Yes, so which subjects are you proposing for this list? We haven't even got to seven yet.


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Post 15

Is mise Duncan

Buildings:
- Petronas Towers*
- That big globe thing in Shanghai
- Hong Kong & Shanghai Bank
- Eifel Tower
- The pyramids
- Sphynx
- Aswan Dam

Transport:
- Boeing 747
- Any v.large oil tanker
- The cross channel hovercraft*
- Landrover (the original ones, not a discovery)
- The Pepsi Max rollercoaster (in Blackpool,UK)
- The D-Type Jaguar
- The bullet train*

(* I haven't seen these in the flesh, so my opinion is based on the telly)

What think ye?


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Post 16

Wand'rin star

When did you see the Aswan Dam? I think it fails because of silting and general ecological disturbance but I agree it's rather impressive to look at.
Sydney Opera House?


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Post 17

Is mise Duncan

I missed the * on thje aswan dam and D-Type Jaguar smiley - smiley.

Not sure about the Sydney Opera house - it's nice, but then so are the Sydney harbour bridge and the pompidou centre etc.


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Post 18

Shirps

As a few of them don't exist anymore, maybe we should now have 2 lists -

The seven ancient wonders of the world
The seven modern wonders of the world

Then in the year 3000 they can make the lists up as:
The seven very ancient ....
The seven ancient ..
The seven near ancient ....

Then in the year 4000 they can ......


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Post 19

Wand'rin star

....for the seven that are "out of this world" which is where the one I've been waiting to add goes -
The Hubble Telescope


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Post 20

adeve

Don't forget MIR. After a crash, a fire and who knows how many other mishaps it's still up there. And I heard a rumour that someone is trying to make it a tourist resort... smiley - smiley


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