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Seven Wonders of the World Series

Seven Wonders of the World Series

The "Seven Wonders of the World" series showcases some of Pelikan's most unique and impressive design. Each pen has an amazing level of detail and an array of artistic features - with each model carefully thought out to pay homage to its corresponding 'Wonder'.

Pelikan have not yet completed this series. We await pens based on the final two Wonders of the Ancient World - the Statue of Zeus at Olympia & Mausoleum at Halicarnassus (also known as the Tomb of Mausolus.)

The Hanging Gardens of Babylon - 2009

The Hanging Gardens of Babylon - 2009

"A Tribute to Aesthetic Appeal and Technical Skill."

King Nebuchadnezzar II had the gardens constructed some 600 years before our calendar for his wife Amytis. She was to find a part of her green home of Persia amidst the desert-like region of Babylon and ancient writings tell us of an impressive new structure which was created and consisted of stepped terraces where exotic trees, shrubs, flowers and herbs grew. The immense garden itself required a sophisticated system to irrigate them with water from the Euphrates.The Hanging Gardens combined an aesthetic natural beauty and new sophisticated technology making this a true masterpiece. Inspired by this, the Pelikan fountain pen combines the utmost precision in manufacturing with traditional craftsmanship and artistic as well as technical skill. This distinctive writing instrument pays tribute and reflects this architectural wonder by incorporating a representation of the front of two steps of the ancient terraced structure. The backdrop reflected on the pen shows how the terraces were supported by columns and arched vaults. The representation of the stepped garden is once again depicted on the cap of this uniquely crafted fountain pen.

The Hanging Gardens of Babylon covered some 120 meters on both sides and the ascending stairway was separated in the form of a stepped slope according to what we learn from the historic accounts of the structure that was destroyed at an early stage. In the fourth century BC, the Babylonian priest Berossos is believed to have first described the gardens, based upon Babylonian documentation. His work has been lost, but chroniclers from the second century BC quoted from it and kept alive the knowledge of the magnificent gardens. This grand form of garden construction art would most likely have given the observer the impression of a hanging park and behind it all was a highly-developed level of technical understanding. It is probable that the walls and columns of the supporting structure were predominantly made of baked bricks and that there were passageways beneath the individual terraces. The substructure of each individual terrace is believed to have been fitted with pipes, natural asphalt, bricks and lead sheeting, so that water could not trickle down. The highest level tier consisted of fertile humus.

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Pelikan set exacting standards for "The Seven Wonders of the World" Edition: superior craftsmanship and the artistic rendering of the Edition's respective subject matter are both prerequisites. "The Hanging Gardens of Babylon" Limited Edition fountain pen combines German precision craftsmanship with elements of a long-lost age. Each pen detail has been meticulously designed and crafted with to reflect and pay tribute to this magnificent achievement. The Hanging Gardens writing instruments are intricate in detail, with a gold plated cap which artistically depicts four stepped terraces. The dark green barrel is refined with lacquer and polished to a high gloss. Edged by gold plated rings, it flows into the superbly crafted front part of the fountain pen. The hand-crafted 18 carat gold nib is decorated with an individually embossed stylized rendering of the terraces. The Hanging Gardens pen offers a new elegance, uniting functionality, durability and beauty. Each has its own dedicated serial number engraved into the filling handle identifing each fountain pen as a unique masterpiece. Pelikan has crafted just 410 of these precious writing instruments, a number chosen to represent the work of the Babylon priest Berossos from the 4th century BC, the first scribe known to us who has ensured through his writings that this magnificent terraced garden would be remembered and not disappear into oblivion.

The "Hanging Gardens of Babylon" fountain pen was released in 2009 and was limited to 410 pieces.

The Lighthouse of Alexandria - 2007

The Lighthouse of Alexandria - 2007

Pelikan's Limited Edition, "The Lighthouse of Alexandria", is a further highlight in the "Seven Wonders of the World" series of fine writing instruments. This time, tribute is paid to the highest of the seven wonders - the Pharos of Alexandria. This majestic ancient lighthouse stood on the island of Pharos close to the coast of Egypt for more than a thousand years; built in 300 B.C., it was the first beacon fire in history.

The exclusive fountain pen from Pelikan recalls this technical and artistic marvel with an equivalent degree of precision and craftsmanship. Even the presentation is unique: the pen is impressively displayed under a glass dome designed to be reminiscent of the original. The dark blue lacquered barrel enclosed between gold-plated edges and the gold-plated clip emphasise the preciousness of the pen. The front section is adorned with an engraved image of the ancient building.

Further features of "The Lighthouse of Alexandria" are shapes representing four stylised lighthouse windows on the dark blue cap. Collectors who value the highest degree of functionality and consistency in writing will be particularly thrilled by the 18-carat gold nib, individually embossed with a blazing beacon fire. Each fountain pen of the Limited Edition "The Lighthouse of Alexandria" is rendered unique by the engraved serial number on the filler knob.

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The series was limited to 440 pens, an allusion to the height of this unparalleled structure: the Pharos of Alexandria was 440 ft. high and took over 20 years to build. It was considered an architectural masterpiece and right down to today remains the tallest beacon ever built in the world.

The "Lighthouse of Alexandria" fountain pen was released in 2007 and is limited to 440 pieces.

The Temple of Artemis - 2006

The Temple of Artemis - 2006

"A Work of Art, Built by Human Hands."

Independent, wild and of sublime strength and beauty - this is the showcased imagery of Artemis, the Greek mythological goddess of fruitfulness, hunting and war. In her honor and in order to appease her, the Artemis Temple in Ephesus was sanctioned and begun by Croesus of Lydia. Pelikan dignifies this architectural masterpiece through the limited edition of "The Temple of Artemis" writing pen.

In savor of the finalization of the temple in the year 440 B.C., the limited edition "The Temple of Artemis" writing pen was limited to a worldwide total of 440 writing instruments. The limited edition "The Temple of Artemis" fountain pen is a unique creation from the master of pen-making. It is made most impressive by the perfect workmanship and the differentiated design of details.

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In the greatest artistic and technical accomplishment, and inspired by the powerful radiance of the antique temple pillars, this noble limited edition "The Temple of Artemis" writing instrument sits firmly in the hand of its owner as a unique work of art in and of itself. He who calls this precious fountain pen his own is not only holding a finely crafted and traditional Pelikan writing instrument but a representation of another magnificent architectural wonder.

The "Temple of Artemis" fountain pen was released in 2006 and was limited to 440 pieces.

The Colossus of Rhodes - 2005

The Colossus of Rhodes - 2005

"A Gift to Eternity."

Pelikan's "Colossus of Rhodes" fountain pen honours a technical and artistic masterpiece that is unique in terms of size and grandeur. The bronze statue of the Greek God Helios, the worshipped sun God and patron saint of the Aegean island of Rhodes, was worked with exceptional architectonic and artistic skill.
Only specially selected materials were used, such as marble for the pedestal, iron for the inner frame and bronze, partially refined with gold, for the outer skin.
The Pelikan fountain pen, which like its historical paragon, is partly made from bronze, combines traditional craftsmanship with the highest degree of design and technical expertise. The valuable writing instrument is presented in an artistically designed case that has a feeling for the stylized harbour of Rhodes where the statue is said to have once stood.

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The edition number engraved on the filler knob end transforms each product into an unmistakably unique item. Pelikan has manufactured just 408 of these incomparable writing instruments.
This worldwide limited edition figure is thus a reminder of the founding of the town of Rhodes that took place in 408 B.C. when the three-town states of the island united: Lalysos in the North, Lindos in the East and Kamiros in the West - all three having once been ruled by the so-named grandchildren of Helios, the sun God. They founded the island's capital on the northern tip and called it Rhodes, thus also giving this sun-drenched and fertile island its name.

The "Colossus of Rhodes" fountain pen was released in 2005 and was limited to 408 pieces.

The Pyramids of Giza - 2004

The Pyramids of Giza - 2004

"Bears Witness to a Long Forgotten Culture."

With the "Pyramids of Giza" fountain pen, Pelikan pays tribute to a historic masterwork which remains unique in its dimensions. Between 2950 and 2470 B.C. monuments were created, in the form of the tombs of the Egyptian pharaohs Cheops, Chepren and Mycerinus, which have survived throughout the aeons to the present day.

These burial places of the pharaohs and kings are the source of inspiration for a work of art which will delight lovers of writing as much as fans of ancient Egypt with its masterly working of quality materials. And it's the numerous painstaking details which make these Pelikan fountain pens really special - the shape of the cap head pays tribute to the crown of the Pharaoh Cheops. The special execution of the Pelikan logo in high relief also demonstrates that a fascinating gem among fountain pens has been created.

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Through the edition number, wich is engraved on the fountain pen, each example is labelled as being unmistakably unique. The worldwide edition was 445 pieces - a homage to the Greek historian Herodotus who collected information regarding the pyramids in the year 445 B.C.

The "Pyramids of Giza" fountain pen was released in 2004 and limited to 445 pieces.