The Seven Wonders: Travel posters celebrate our lost ancient treasures

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These vintage-style travel posters are like wonderfully impossible souvenirs from antiquity.

Of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, only the Great Pyramid of Giza remains. While it would obviously be impossible to preserve everything that was ever built on this planet, it’s still heart-twangy to ponder all the things we’ve lost. We our a restless species that seems to find it all too easy to knock old things down and build shiny new ones, a practice that not only disrupts our relationship to the past, but also lacks in sustainability.

In the distant future, one can only wonder what lost landmarks nostalgists will mourn – although I can think of many. It’s all a good reminder to get out there and see the modern wonders, large and small, and to savor them. In the meantime, Expedia put together text and travel posters for the ancient ones; now you just need a Twilight Zone travel agent and a time machine and you’ll be all set. First up, a botanical oasis:

The Hanging Gardens of Babylon

It’s said that Babylonian king, Nebuchadnezzar II, constructed the Hanging Gardens as a gift to his wife, Amytis, who longed to be back home in the greenery and lush gardens of her native country, Media (today, north-western Iran).

Both the Greeks and Romans wrote about the Gardens, describing the location as a botanical oasis; prosperous in vegetation, surrounded by exotic plants and herbs, and with tall stone columns. In Hellenic times, many said it was situated in the ancient city of Babylon, which today, is Hillah, Iraq.

However, the actual location of the Hanging Gardens has never been definitely established. The lack of any remains of the ancient site, have left many wondering whether the Hanging Gardens actually existed.

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