Mausoleum of Halicarnassus (5/6)

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So great was the Persian Satrap Mausolus that he decided that not even death would halt his majesty. Built between 353 and 350BC and standing at a mighty forty-five metres in height, this wonder proved to be so influential that it even lent its name to the act of above-ground burials. Fitted with all manner of sculpture reliefs that displayed the full majesty of the ruler, the Mausoleum was repeatedly damaged by severe earthquakes between the 12th and 15th century. Although it was eventually destroyed beyond repair, it was the last standing of the Lost Wonders of the Ancient World. 

Written by James Metcalfe

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