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Fun Facts on The Mausoleum at Halicarnassus

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Did you know that the Mausoleum at Halicarnass was built from marble? Do you know who the tomb was built for?  How big it is? Or how it became one of the Seven Ancient Wonders of the World? Read our fun facts sheet on the Mausoleum to dscover the answers and learn new intersting information and trivia.

Fun Fact 1 The Mausoleum of Halicarnassus is also known as the tomb of Mausoleum.

Fun Fact 2 The tomb was built many years ago, between 353 350 BC, even when Alexander the Great conquered it was left untouched.

Fun Fact 3: The tomb is located in South West, Turkey, which is now the are of Bodrum (a popular tourist resort). It was built on top of a hill overlooking the city.

Fun Fact 4: The Mausoleumwas large and elaborate, it was built for King Maussollos of Karia.

Fun Fact 5: The Mausoleum of Halicarnassus is one of the earliest Wonders of World to be still seen today, unfortunately only the base remains visable.

Fun Fact 6: Due to the size and magnificence of the tomb, it was named one of the Seven Ancient Wonders of World.

Fun Fact 7: The Mausoleum was the idea of Artemisa, the wife and also sister of Maussollos. It was built as a tomb for her deceased husband who reigned for 24 years.

Fun Fact 8: Archaeologist Charles Newton discovered the tomb in the 1800's. He first found the chariot containing sculptures of Artemisa and Maussollos.

Fun Fact 9: The burial chambers of the tomb were constructed with gold a trim.

Fun Fact 10: To help you understand the size of the Mausoleum, the construction of its base was approximately 36 meters x 30 meters (120 feet x 100 feet).

Fun Fact 11: During the 13th Century, the Mausoleum of Halicarnassus was hit by a series of earthquakes. Great damage was caused as the earthquakes shattered the columns causing the stone chariot crash to the ground.

Fun Fact 12: Stone warriors were placed on each corner of the tomb. The warriors were sat on horseback and their purpose was to defent and protect the tomb.

Fun Fact 13: The Mausoleum was a big structure which stood approximately 43 meters tall (140 feet).

Fun Fact 14: The tomb was made with white marble and was surrounded by a courtyard.

Fun Fact 15: Greek architects Satyros and Pytheos designed the overall shape of the tomb.

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