Mausoleum at Halicarnassus
Mausoleum at Halicarnassus built between 353 and 350 BC in Halicarnassus was identified as one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World thanks to not only its esthetic struture, but also its meaning. Basically, this building was the tomb belonging to Mausolus, the Perisian satrap of Caria. When he passed away, his wife, Artemisia, commanded a big number of talented artisrts and sculptors to construct his mausoleum, which was considered as one of the ways to express her commemoration and love.
The building was located on a hill overlooking the city. Most of them was in the shape of a square block that used to be believed to protect Mausolus's soul from evils and crime. On each wall surrounding the mausoleum, there was a scence of daily life in Halicarnassus, including the battles and soldiers.The architecture was so monumental that nowadays, everyone uses the word ''mausoleum'' standing for the name of the satrap as they mention the grand tomb.
Which impressed me most was the process of the construction as Artemisia, the satrap'wife, did everything in her power to erect her husband's mausoleum. She spent a fortune to built it and even sent a great deal of letters to Greece to invite the most architects. However, she died before the building was complete, so it was continued by the others. It is really touching as I can see how deep her love is from everything she did to respect her husband. To my mind, this is the most admirable wonders as it does not only show the prosperity of Caria at that moment, but also become the symbol of the love that a wife gave her husband's dead body.
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