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Mazes, Labyrinths and the Seven Wonders of the World

Queen Nefertari

In the 5th century BC the Greek historian Herodotus visited the Egyptian Labyrinth, a temple complex located on the shores of a lake seven day's journey up the Nile from the Pyramids.

He found the impressive remains of a monument that was already 1,300 years old, and wrote that it "surpassed the Pyramids" in its magnificence and splendor.

Today almost nothing is left of this mysterious structure, which was actually the mortuary temple and cult complex of the Egyptian pharaoh Amenemhet III (19th century BC).

Are you fascinated by such ancient ruins and the intriguing tales that lie behind them? In this section you can discover more about the Egyptian Labyrinth, one of the four famous architectural labyrinths of the ancient world. Or, learn a few things you might not have known about the Seven Wonders.

ancient architectural wonders

We have an expanded page of 31 architectural wonders, and show you some of the best quotations from antiquity. You can also check out the stories behind the Colossus of Rhodes, the renowned Statue of Zeus at Olympia, mighty Assyrian Winged Bulls, and others.

Or, you can simply be inspired by reading Howard Carter's diary entry describing the archaeological find of the century: Tutankhamun's tomb.

It all comes from the Amazeing Art: Wonders of the Ancient World book, so don't forget to check out the maze puzzle art depicting some of these ancient monuments.


Our Countrymen reckon Stonehenge for one of our wonders and miracles, and much they marvel from whence such huge stones were brought. "

—William Camden, historian, 16th century AD

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Text taken from Amazeing Art: Wonders of the Ancient World — HarperCollins Publishers — Serialized in Games magazine — Recommended by the Archaeological Institute of America — A BookSense "What's in Store" Main Selection —  Maze puzzle art reproduced by the British Museum


The earliest mazes we know of were parts of architectural monuments built in Egypt and on the island of Crete about 4000 years ago.

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