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Marvels in the Mediterranean

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Esphesus Turkey

The city of Esphesus was originally built as an ancient Greek city.  It lies on the west coast of Antolia in the region known as classical Greece in present day Turkey.  Later the city was taken by the Romans and was mostly rebuilt by Emporer Constintene I.  But unfortuanly most of his work was destroyed by an earthquake in 614 A.D. The city is famed for the Temple of Artimus which is one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.  The city is iconic for the front façade of the Celsus Library near the main gate to the city.  The Library remnants are in ruins, but the front façade has been saved from destruction due to the efforts of residents in the area.See Esphesus Turkey Video

 

By Kody Henrichs

 

See Esphesus Turkey Google Earth Virtual Tour: Ephesus.kmz 


Halicarnassus

Halicarnassus, in Caria, Anatolia which is now Turkey had one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World around 5th century B.C. The Mausoleum in Halicarnassus was built as a tomb for Mausolis who was the ruler of the time. His wife built it as a last memoir for her deceased husband. The Mausoleum in Halicarnassus has since been destroyed; some historians think it was when another empire tried to take over Halicarnassus as it was part of the Greek Empire.  Halicarnassus was an ancient Greek city where the Siege of Halicarnassus between Alexander the great and the Persian Empire also took place. Modern day Halicarnassus is now called Bodrum, and it is a Turkish port town on the southern coast of the Bodrum Peninsula and it faces the Greek island of Kos. See Halicarnassus Video

 

By Dominique Mejia

 

Click here to take a Google Earth tour of Halicarnassus: Halicarnassus, Turkey.kmz


 Colossus, Statue of Helios

The Colossus of Rhodes was a statue of the Greek god Helios. It was created on the Greek island of Rhodes between 292 and 280 B.C. It is considered one of the Seven Wonders Of the Ancient World. It was destroyed, but it had been one of the tallest statues of the ancient world and stood at 107 ft. tall. The statue was an entrance to another harbor in the island of Rhodes. This colossus was built as a celebration of freedom. The island of Rhodes was an important economic center of the ancient world. It was built on the northern coast of Rhodes. See Colossus, Statue of Helios Video

By Alexis Sanchez

Click here to take a Google Earth tour of Colossus, Statue of HeliosThe Colossus of Rhodes.kmz


Timbuktu

Timbuktu, the desert city, is located in West Africa in Mali.  It began as a nomad camp in the 1100’s. It didn’t become a prominent city until the 1300’s with the rule of Mansa Musa, the emperor of the Mali Empire, who attracted merchants. In the 1600’s it was one of the richest cities in Africa. It was under constant attack. In the 1890’s it was under the French rule.  Mali, the country in which it is now located, didn’t become and independent nation until the 1960.  While it may not be under attack anymore it still faces the threat of degradation, for Timbuktu’s monuments are primarily made of mud.  See Timbuktu Video

By Eleazar Lopez

Click here to take a Google Earth tour of Timbuctoo: Timbuktu.kmz


Pyramids

The most famous pyramids are the Egyptian pyramids in Cairo, Egypt. They are huge structures built of brick or stone.  They are among the largest man-made structures. There are 138 pyramids that have been discovered in Egypt so far. Most were built as tombs for the country's Pharaohs the Great Pyramid of Giza is the largest in Egypt and one of the largest in the world. It was one of the Seven Wonders of the World, and the only one that is still in existence. The Ancient Egyptians capped the peaks of their pyramids with gold. See The Pyramids Video

 

By Brendan Wenzl

Click here to take a Google Earth tour of The Pyramids:  pyramids of cairo.kmz 

 


Victoria Falls

Victoria Falls was named by a Scottish explorer whose name was David Livingstone. It is also called Mosi-oa-Tunya which means the smoke that thunders.  Victoria Falls is a waterfall located between Livingstone, Zambia and Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe. It is claimed to be the largest waterfall in the world. It has a width of 1 mile and height of 360 feet. Victoria Falls also has the largest drop of water in the world. It drops between 90 meters and 107 meters into the Zambezi Gorge and an average of 550,000 cubic meters of water plummet over the edge every minute. See  Victoria Falls Video

By Jenny Delzeit

Click here to take a Google Earth tour of The Pyramids:Victoria Falls Zimbabwe.kmz 

 

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