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Two of the Seven Wonders of the World

Did you know that two of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World are located in Turkey? The Temple of Artemis (Diana) which is part of the great ruins of Ephesus on the Aegean coast of Turkey, was one of the largest and most complex temples built in ancient times. Although it burned in 356 BC, it was rebuilt on the same foundation until existed until 262 AD when a second fire destroyed most of it. Ephesus also contains many other fascinating buildings, such as the beautiful Celsus Library. Check out the Treasures of Turkey photo gallery for some pictures!

The Mausoleum of Halicarnassus, located near Bodrum on the Mediterranean coast of Turkey, is the second wonder located in Turkey. This tomb was built in 353 BC to store the remains of King Mausolus and his wife, Artemisia. The structure was so grand, that the name "mausoleum" came to be synonymous with large tombs. In the early 15th century the Mausoleum was badly damaged by an earthquake, but you can visit the site and see detailed models of how it appeared in full grandeur.


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