We’ve come up with seven iconic buildings in Norfolk that we think compare with the Ancient Seven Wonders of the World.
Soaring high above its worshippers is Norwich’s Anglican Cathedral, just like the Statue of Zeus at Olympia.
Like the Great Pyramid of Giza, Cromer’s Victorian Pier represented the best of engineering at its time.
It was winning a war and enjoying the spoils that inspired the people of Rhodes to build the mighty statue of Sun God Helios which became known as The Colossus of Rhodes. Likewise, Nelson’s Monument in Great Yarmouth.
King Newbuchadnezzar II’s Hanging Gardens of Babylon from the 6th century BC looked natural, but they were man-made… just like the Norfolk Broads.
The Mausoleum at Halicarnasasus, built in the mid-4th century for King Mausollos of Caria, in south-west Turkey, lasted for 16 centuries. Far outstripping that is Seahenge from north Norfolk.
The Lighthouse of Pharos, close to Alexandria in Egypt, was the one Wonder that had a practical use, as do our wind turbines… latterly to create energy, but long ago to help drain land for agriculture.
The Temple of Artemis, Diana, at Ephesus in Turkey was said to be the most beautiful structure on earth and was built around 550BC in honour of the goddess of hunting and wild nature. Blickling Hall, famed for its architectural beauty, stands amid a landscape typical of the great hunting estates of England’s 18th and 19th century landed gentlemen.