EST. 2009

March 29, 2010

Those Wonders

AFTER A BRIEF DISCUSSION -FOLLOWED BY DISSOLUTION- with my art director about how the Philippine educational system had tricked us into believing all these years that our Banaue rice terraces is in fact the 8th wonder of the world, I revisit the world wonders to re-learn them as I should really have.

Originally called theamata, Greek for "must-sees" or "things to be seen", these marvelous sites had been listed down by Hellenistic travelers into a travel guide of sorts.

Different "lists" had been made over time, initiated by the above-pictured Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, followed by the Seven Wonders of the Medieval World, Modern World, even Industrial and Underwater World.

It's quite unfortunate that those of the ancient world are my favorite, because well, it's not like I can visit them anymore. There are the pyramids though. Wait for me Egypt, I'm coming someday!

The Seven Wonders of the Ancient World as depicted by 16th-century Dutch artist Maarten Heemskerk.

From top: Great Pyramid of Giza, Hanging Gardens of Babylon, Temple of Artemis at Ephesus, Statue of Zeus at Olympia, Mausoleum of Halicarnassus, Colossus of Rhodes and the Lighthouse of Alexandria.

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