The Full Wonder List

(This is a long and fancy list with pictures. If you'd prefer a clear and straight list without all the photos, just click here.)

I have 106 candidate Wonders on my list. Here they all are, in the order I've visited them or the order I eventually intend to visit them.

There are various things to click, if you're that way inclined.

- Clicking on the name of the Wonder will take you to a preview of it, written prior to visiting.
- Clicking on the "Reviewed" will take you to a lengthy review of the Wonder, written soon after visiting.
- Clicking on the photo will just to you to the photo, but bigger. When I've visited a Wonder, the photo shown will be mine; otherwise I've just nicked it from somewhere on the internet. It is for this reason that all the best photos are of the places I've not yet been.

Here we go.

Visited


1. Sydney Opera House, Australia: Iconic performing arts centre in a highly original design.
Reviewed.
 
2. Marina Bay Sands, Singapore: Ultra-modern casino hotel with a "skypark" on top of the three-building structure.

Reviewed.

3. Borobudur, Indonesia: Ancient and ornate Buddhist temple. 
Reviewed.

4. Petronas Towers, Malaysia: Gigantic twin towers with a bridge midway between them.
Reviewed.

5. Shwedagon Pagoda, Burma: Gleaming gold pagoda on a hill.
Reviewed.

6. Bodhi Ta Htaung Standing Buddha (Laykyun Setkyar), Burma: Second biggest statue in the world.
Reviewed.

7. Bagan, Burma: Sprawling ruins of former civilisation.
Reviewed (Bagan and Ananda Temple in Bagan).



8. Angkor Wat, Cambodia: The world's largest religious building, within a sprawling ruined city complex in the jungle.
Reviewed.

9. Banaue Rice Terraces, Philippines: Mountains sculpted into green terraces over 2000 years of rice-growing.
Reviewed.

10. Ayutthaya Historic Park, Thailand: Ruined former capital of Thailand.
Reviewed.

11. Temple of the Emerald Buddha, Thailand: Temple complex hosting precious Buddhist artefact.
Reviewed.

12. Golden Temple, India: Centre of the Sikh faith, an ornate temple surrounded by a holy pool of water.
Reviewed 8th January 2012.

13. Akshardham Temple, India: Huge Hindu temple complex.
Reviewed.

14: Taj Mahal, India: World-famous monument in tribute to love and symbol of India.
Reviewed.

15: Agra Fort, India: Red sandstone fort complex, once the home of emperors.
Reviewed.

16. Lotus Temple, India: Bah'ai temple in the form of a blossoming lotus.
Reviewed 11th February 2012.

17. Ellora Caves, India: Thousand-year-old Hindu temples entirely cut from the cliff face.
Reviewed.

18. The Forbidden City, China: Home of Chinese emperors and symbol of Chinese imperialism.
Reviewed.

19. Great Wall of China: A very long wall.
Reviewed.

20. Terracotta Army, China: Thousands of terracotta warriors, built to defend China's first emperor in the afterlife, and lost for over two thousand years.
Reviewed.

21. Leshan Giant Buddha, China: Ancient and colossal Buddha statue carved into the rock.
Reviewed.

22. Three Gorges Dam, China: Biggest dam in the world.
Reviewed.

23. Carcassonne, France: Fortified French town.
Reviewed.

24. Millau Viaduct, France: Elegant modern cable-stayed bridge, and tallest bridge in the world.
Reviewed.

25. Notre Dame de Paris, France: Cathedral in the heart of Paris and a supreme example of Gothic architecture.
Reviewed.

26. Eiffel Tower, France: One of the most iconic structures on Earth.
Reviewed.

27. The Sacre-Coeur. One for the ladies.
Reviewed 20th January 2013.

28. Edinburgh Castle, Scotland: Impressive castle on a large rock, overlooking the Scottish capital.
Reviewed.

29. Tower Bridge, England: Iconic opening bridge in London
Reviewed

30. St Paul's Cathedral, England: Historic and iconic London cathedral.
Reviewed

31. Big Ben and Westminster Palace, England: Prestigious symbol of democracy and Britain.
Reviewed (Big Ben and Westminster Palace)

32. Machu Picchu, Peru: Remote mountain-top retreat from the Incan civilisation.
Reviewed


33: Nazca Lines, Peru: A huge series of 1500-year-old drawings in the desert only visible from the sky and by a civilisation surely never able to view them.
Reviewed

34. The Moai of Easter Island, Chile: Numerous monolithic stone heads on one of the most remote islands in the world.
Reviewed

35. Christ the Redeemer, Brazil: Iconic statue of Christ overlooking the city of Rio de Janeiro.
Reviewed

36. Palace of Versailles, France: Vast and lavish palace built as demonstration of power and wealth of the French monarchy.
Reviewed

37. Chartres Cathedral, France: Huge and brilliantly preserved example of a medieval Gothic cathedral.
Reviewed

38. Mont Saint-Michel, France: Fantasy-esque island commune.
Reviewed

39. Amiens Cathedral, France: Massive and ornate medieval cathedral.
Reviewed

40. Thiepval Memorial, France: Monument to the missing of World War 1.
Reviewed

41. Parthenon, Greece: Ancient, ruined Greek temple, the most important surviving building of Classical Greece.
Reviewed

42. Meteora, Greece: A set of Orthodox monasteries improbably built on rock pillars.
Reviewed

43. Blue Mosque, Turkey: Large mosque known especially for its blue-tiled interior.
Reviewed

44. Hagia Sophia, Turkey: Massive domed former church, former mosque.
Reviewed

45. Alhambra, Spain: One of the last and greatest surviving examples of Moorish palace-fortresses.
Reviewed

46. City of Arts and Sciences, Spain: Series of ultra-modern buildings in Valencia.
Reviewed

47. Avignon Papal Palace, France: Palace-fortress built during papal exodus to Avignon.
Reviewed

48. Pont du Gard, France: Huge and well-preserved Roman aqueduct bridge
Reviewed

49. Leaning Tower of Pisa, Italy: Improbably-angled tower.
Reviewed

50. Florence Cathedral, Italy: Giant-domed cathedral.
Reviewed

51. Verona Arena, Italy: Roman amphitheatre still in use today.
Reviewed

52. St. Peter's Basilica, Vatican: Centre of the Catholic world, and largest church interior on earth.
Reviewed

53. The Colosseum, Italy: Iconic Roman gladiatorial amphitheatre.
Reviewed

54. Sagrada Familia, Spain: Elaborate and bizarre cathedral.
Reviewed

55. Statue of Liberty, USA: Symbol of freedom in the form of a giant copper lady.
Reviewed

56. Empire State Building, USA: Iconic Art Deco skyscraper and emblem of New York.
Reviewed

57. CN Tower, Canada: Somewhat tall communications and observation tower.
Reviewed

58. Mount Rushmore, USA: Four giant faces carved into a granite mountain.
Reviewed

59. Gateway Arch, USA: Elegant stainless-steel arch.
Reviewed

60. Walt Disney World, USA: A childhood Wonder.
Reviewed

61. Golden Gate Bridge: Gigantic but graceful suspension bridge.
Reviewed

62. Hoover Dam, USA: Large dam on the Colorado River, now with a big bridge over it.
Reviewed

63. Teotihuacan, Mexico: Enormous ruined city best known for the Pyramid of the Sun and the Pyramid of the Moon.
Reviewed

64. Palenque, Mexico: Ruined Mayan city in the jungle.
Reviewed

65. Tikal, Guatemala: Another series of Mayan ruins, in the jungle.
Reviewed

66. Chichen Itza, Mexico: The most famous of the ruined Mayan cities.
Reviewed


67. Neuschwanstein Castle, Germany: Fairytale faux-medieval castle built by an insane king of Bavaria.
Reviewed

68. Cologne Cathedral, Germany: Awe-inspiring Gothic cathedral, dominating the city of Cologne.
Reviewed
 



Still to visit



69. Stonehenge, England: Ancient and mysterious stone circle.

70. Ely Cathedral, England: Huge Romanesque English cathedral.

71. Chateau de Chambord, France: Chateau blending French Renaissance and classical Italian styles.

72. Chateau de Chenonceau, France: Bridge-like Chateau crossing a river.


73. St Mark's Basilica, Italy: Historic Byzantine basilica at the heart of Venice.

74. Kremlin and Red Square, Russia: Historic heart of Moscow and Russia.

75. Wieliczka Salt Mine, Poland: An underground cathedral carved by salt miners.

76. Pena National Palace, Portugal: Colourful 19th Century castle set in a historic town.


77. Ak Orda Presidential Palace, Kazakhstan: Modern-classic palace in new Kazakh capital.

78. Registan, Uzbekistan: Imposing square in ancient city centre.

79. Thousand Buddha Caves, China: Innumerable Buddhist cave shrines in the remote Taklamakan desert.

80. Potala Palace, China: Mountainous palace home to the Dalai Lama's for hundreds of years before enforced exile, now a museum to their memory.

81. Spring Temple Buddha, China: Biggest statue in the world.

82. Kiyomizu-dera, Japan: Kyoto temple complex with main hall veranda jutting out over the hillside, propped up by wooden pillars.

83. Kinkaku-ji, Japan: Golden pavilion mirrored by its pond setting.

84. Himeji Castle, Japan: Japan's finest surviving and largest castle.

85. Taipei 101, Taiwan: 500m tall skyscraper and icon of modern Taiwan.

86. Burj Al Arab, UAE: Iconic sail-style hotel.

87. Burj Khalifa, UAE: The tallest man-made structure in the world.

88. Sheikh Zayed Mosque, UAE: Immaculate modern mosque.

89. Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka: Ancient, sacred city.

90: The Pyramids of Giza, Egypt: Big and famous piles of stone built by psychic space aliens.

91. Cairo Citadel, Egypt: Bulky Islamic medieval fortification.

92. Karnak, Egypt: Vast series of Egyptian temple ruins.

93. Valley of the Kings, Egypt: Series of hidden underground tombs for Egyptian pharaohs.

94. Abu Simbel, Egypt: Ancient and long-lost Egyptian temples of epic proportions.

95. Dome of the Rock, Israel: Golden domed shrine of significance to Islam, Judaism and Christianity.

96. Gardens of Haifa, Israel: The modern Hanging Gardens of Babylon.

97. Petra, Jordan: Ancient city cut from rock by a mysterious civilisation.

98. Leptis Magna, Libya: Spectacular ruins of a Roman city.

99. Djenne Mosque, Mali: Largest mud building in the world, which I'm sure is better than it sounds.

100. Lalibela, Ethiopia: Ancient churches carved into the rock.

101. Gobekli Tepe, Turkey: 12,000-year-old series of stone circles.

102. Umayyad Mosque, Syria: One of the oldest, most prestigious mosques in the world.

103. Krak des Chevaliers, Syria: Medieval Crusader castle.

104. Palmyra, Syria: Ancient Arabic city ruins.

105. Baalbek, Lebanon: Ruins of the largest Roman temples ever built.

106. The Forth Bridges, Scotland: Trio of huge bridges of different styles.


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