Landmarks timeline

  • Great Pyramid of Giza Built

    Standing at the base of the Great Pyramid, it is hard to imagine that this monument—which remained the tallest building in the world until early in... Read more

  • Stonehenge Built

    Stonehenge is a prehistoric monument located in the English county of Wiltshire, about 3.2 kilometres (2.0 mi) west of Amesbury and 13 kilometres... Read more

  • Petra Built

    Petra (Greek "πέτρα" (petra), meaning rock; Arabic: البتراء, Al-Batrāʾ) is a historic and archaeological city in the Jordanian governorate of... Read more

  • Temple Mount Completed

    The Temple Mount (Hebrew: הַר הַבַּיִת‎, Har haBáyit), also known as Mount Moriah and by Muslims as the Noble Sanctuary (Arabic: الحرم القدسي... Read more

  • Hanging Gardens of Babylon Built

    In addition to its size, Babylon surpasses in splendor any city in the known world. Read more

  • Temple of Artemis Completed

    The Temple of Artemis (Greek: Ἀρτεμίσιον, or Artemision), also known less precisely as Temple of Diana, was a Greek temple dedicated to a goddess... Read more

  • Athenians Build the Parthenon

    The Parthenon (Ancient Greek: Παρθενών) is a temple of the Greek goddess Athena whom the people of Athens considered their protector. Its... Read more

  • Statue of Zeus at Olympia Built

    The great statue of Zeus at Olympia was sculpted by the Athenian artist, Pheidias. After completing his work on the Acropolis in 438 BC, Pheidias... Read more

  • Mausoleum of Halicarnassus Built

    The Mausoleum at Halicarnassus or Tomb of Mausolus was a tomb built between 353 and 350 BC at Halicarnassus (present Bodrum, Turkey) for Mausolus,... Read more

  • Colossus of Rhodes Built

    But even lying on the ground, it is a marvel. Read more

  • Lighthouse of Alexandria Built

    The Lighthouse of Alexandria, also known as the Pharos of Alexandria, was a tower built between 280 and 247 BC on the island of Pharos at... Read more

  • Great Wall of China Built

    The Great Wall of China (simplified Chinese: 长城; traditional Chinese: 長城; pinyin: Chángchéng; literally "long fortress" or simplified Chinese:... Read more

  • Colosseum Completed

    The Colosseum or Roman Coliseum, originally the Flavian Amphitheatre (Latin: Amphitheatrum Flavium, Italian Anfiteatro Flavio or Colosseo), is an... Read more

  • Hagia Sophia Dedidcated

    Hagia Sophia is a former Orthodox patriarchal basilica, later a mosque and now a museum in Istanbul, Turkey. From the date of its dedication in... Read more

  • Chichen Itza Built

    Chichen Itza (pronounced /tʃiːˈtʃɛn iːˈtsɑː/; from Yucatec Maya: Chi'ch'èen Ìitsha', "At the mouth of the well of the Itza") is a large... Read more

  • Shwedagon Pagoda Completed

    The Shwedagon Pagoda, also known as the Golden Pagoda, is a 98-metre (approx. 321.5 feet) gilded stupa located in Yangon, Burma. The pagoda lies... Read more

  • Potala Palace Founded

    The Potala Palace is located in Lhasa, Tibet Autonomous Region, China. It was named after Mount Potala, the abode of Chenresig or Avalokitesvara.... Read more

  • Catacombs of Kom el Shoqafa Used as Burial Champer

    The Catacombs of Kom el Shoqafa (meaning 'Mound of shards' or 'Potsherds') is a historical archaeological site located in Alexandria, Egypt and is... Read more

  • Leaning Tower of Pisa Construction Begins

    The Leaning Tower of Pisa (Italian: Torre pendente di Pisa) or simply the Tower of Pisa (La Torre di Pisa) is the campanile, or freestanding bell... Read more

  • Angkor Wat Completed

    Angkor Wat (or Angkor Vat) is a Hindu temple complex at Angkor, Cambodia, built for the king Suryavarman II in the early 12th century as his... Read more

  • City Walls of Pingyao Constructed

    Pingyao (Chinese: 平遥; pinyin: Píngyáo) is a Chinese city and county in central Shanxi province, China. It lies about 715 km from Beijing and 80 km... Read more

  • Forbidden City Completed

    The Forbidden City was the Chinese imperial palace from the Ming Dynasty to the end of the Qing Dynasty. It is located in the middle of Beijing,... Read more

  • Machu Picchu Built

    Machu Picchu (Quechua: Machu Picchu) – "Old Mountain", pronounced [ˈmɑ.t͡ʃu ˈpix.t͡ʃu]) is a pre-Columbian Inca site located 2,430 metres (7,970... Read more

  • Porcelain Tower of Nanjing Completed

    The Porcelain Tower (or Porcelain Pagoda) of Nanjing (Chinese: 南京陶塔; pinyin: Nánjīng Táotǎ), also known as Bao'ensi (meaning "Temple of... Read more

  • St. Peter's Basilica Consecrated

    The Papal Basilica of Saint Peter (Latin: Basilica Sancti Petri), officially known in Italian as the Basilica Papale di San Pietro in Vaticano and... Read more