In these GIFs made for Expedia by NeoMam and Thisisrender, seven architectural wonders are reconstructed into their original form, allowing us to see how the ruins visible today developed from the initial structures in all their glory.
Athens, Greece / 432 BC
Atop the Acropolis sits perhaps the most famous building of Ancient Greece. Built in 447 B.C., the Parthenon sheltered a monumental golden statue of Athena, the Greek goddess of wisdom, craft, and war. The Great Turkish War in 1687 damaged the temple when an ammunition dump exploded inside the structure.
While parts of the Doric architecture remain, the GIF reveals the structure in its full Greek grandeur.
Pyramid of the Sun, Mexico
Teotihuacan, Mexico / 200 CE
Temple of Largo Argentina, Rome
Rome, Italy / 101 BC
Nohoch Mul Pyramid (Coba), Mexico
Quintana Roo, Mexico / 100 BC-100 AD
The Nohoch Mul Pyramid is located in the ancient Mayan city of Cobá in Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula. Measuring 137 feet tall, it’s considered the tallest Mayan pyramid in the region. It dates back to around 100 AD, when Cobá was first believed to have been settled. Visitors can climb up its 120 steps for a view of the site.
Temple of Luxor, Egypt
Luxor, Egypt / 1380 BC
Temple of Jupiter, Italy
Pompeii, Italy / 200 BC
Hadrian’s Wall, England
Northumberland, England / 100 AD