The Longlist

As I write, 21st November 2014, there are 105 potential Wonders on my shortlist. You can see them all here if you like. Since my mission was first conceived way back in 2007, this number has risen from about 80 and I'm fairly sure it's not going to budge much from now. Perhaps an addition or two at the very most, but really, we're probably looking at the final shortlist now. 105 incredible man-made structures vying to be regarded as one of the Seven Wonders of the World (Nev edition).

But. I'm only looking for a top 7. Not top 77, top 100, top 105, or top anything else. To find any of these would require something like a thousand places on my shortlist and a hell of a lot more time, money, and energy than I think I can muster in this lifetime. In three years, I've visited 66 on my shortlist - at that rate, 1000 would take another 45 years and I'd be 70 years old. Yeah, I think I might give it a pass.

Yet, many, many man-made landmarks and structures come my way. Whether travelling, reading, talking with others, or seeing stuff online, I'm very aware that there are a lot of places out there worth checking out.  I add these names onto what I call my Longlist, and if I ever did decide to make a Top 105, these would be among the candidates. They might not make my Top Seven but I have no doubt that many of them would score well in my overall leaderboard. I know this because plenty of those that I have already seen - my Unofficial Wonders - have greatly impressed. If I was looking for a Top 20, some of them might be sneaking in.

In absolutely no order, here is the Longlist, together with links in the cases where I have written more:


Akashi Kaikyo Bridge aka the Pearl Bridge, Kobe, Japan.



Kuthadow Pagoda, Mandalay, Burma.



Megalithic Temples of Malta, Malta.



Cloud Gate aka The Bean, Chicago, USA.



Milan Cathedral, Milan, Italy.



Umayyad Mosque aka Great Mosque of Damascus, Damascus, Syria.

The vast Umayyad Mosque, or Grand Mosque, in the centre of Damascus is the location...


Pyramid of Peace and Accord, Astana, Kazakhstan.

http://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/s--P_5v_YGH--/c_fit,fl_progressive,q_80,w_636/hqyhj0kmhhvbtxfdbmuy.jpg


Bayterek Tower, Astana, Kazakhstan.

https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3425/5844470704_76005af6e2.jpg


Diocletian's Palace, Split, Croatia.

http://gatesofnineveh.files.wordpress.com/2012/04/diocletians-palace.jpg


Great Zimbabwe, Zimbabwe.

http://24.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lby6jgIogd1qdcasso1_500.jpg


Palace of the Parliament, Bucharest, Romania.



The Mezquita, Cordoba, Spain.



Albi Cathedral, Albi, France.



Mount Athos, Greece.



Konark Sun Temple, Konark, India.

http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-Bm7i4CciHfQ/UJD6N_aH8-I/AAAAAAAAXIk/vjGuKt1ND7M/s1600/Sun-Temple-Konarak-Orissa.jpg


Wurzburg Residence, Wurzburg, Germany.



The Catacombs of Alexandria, Alexandria, Egypt.



Fort Qaitbay, Alexandria, Egypt.



Ushiku Daibutsu, Ushiku, Japan.



Timbuktu, Mali.



Wat Rong Khun, Chiang Rai, Thailand.



Castel Del Monte, Andria, Italy.



Notre-Dame de la Garde, Marseille, France.



Siena Cathedral, Siena, Italy.



Arc De Triomphe, Paris, France.



Delta Works, Holland.



Hampi, India.



Mada'in Saleh, Saudi Arabia.



Derinkuyu Underground City, Derinkuyu, Turkey.



Rheims Cathedral, Rheims, France.



Winchester Cathedral, Winchester, England.



Canterbury Cathedral, Canterbury, England.



Durham Cathedral, Durham, England.



Chrysler Building, New York, USA.



St Sophia’s Cathedral, Kiev, Ukraine



CERN and the Largee Hadron Collider, France and Switzerland.



The White House, Washington, D.C., USA.



The Pentagon, Arlington, USA.



United States Capitol, Washington, D.C., USA



India Gate, Delhi, India.



Qutub Minar, Delhi, India.



Rashtrapati Bhavan, Delhi, India.



Humayun's Tomb, Delhi, India.



Oriental Pearl Tower, Shanghai, China.



Shanghai Tower, Shanghai, China.



Shanghai World Financial Center, Shanghai, China.



Rouen Cathedral, Rouen, France.



Strasbourg Cathedral, Strasbourg, France.



Orleans Cathedral, Orleans, France.

http://injoanofarcsfootsteps.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/orleans20-20cathedrale20sainte20croix20-20facade202.jpeg


Laon Cathedral, Laon, France.

http://www.proprofs.com/flashcards/upload/q6115427.jpg


St Stephen's Cathedral, Vienna, Austria.

http://img7.dreamies.de/img/847/b/bmlvegtalro.jpg


Burgos Cathedral, Burgos, Spain.

http://www.bradleywdick.com/wp-content/uploads/Burgos-01.jpg


Seville Cathedral, Seville, Spain.



York Minster, York, England.



The Pantheon, Rome, Italy.



National Congress, Brasilia, Brazil.

http://c1038.r38.cf3.rackcdn.com/group5/building44692/media/kziu_2.jpg


Suleymaniye Mosque, Istanbul, Turkey.



Topkapi Palace, Istanbul, Turkey.

http://www.istanbul.com/Files/Content/topkapi-palace-istanbul%20(9).jpg


Battersea Power Station, London, England.

http://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/ADMIN/BkFill/Default_image_group/2010/6/23/1277302656887/Battersea-power-station-006.jpg


Angel of the North, Gateshead, England.

http://www.anniesguesthouse.co.uk/images/blog/20130214-angel-of-the-north.jpg


Chand Baori, near Jaipur, India.

http://boemarama.files.wordpress.com/2013/01/chandbaori1.jpg


Victoria Memorial, Kolkata, India.

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/7/73/Victoria_Memorial_Kolkata_panorama.jpg


Ollantaytambo, Peru.

http://www.culturalimmersion.org/blog/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/archaeological-ollantaytambo.jpg


Key Monastery, India.

http://static.panoramio.com/photos/large/72675047.jpg


Puylaurens Castle, Puylaurens, France.

http://www.la-pierre-lys.fr/medias/album/chateau-de-puylaurens.jpg?fx=c_550_550


Bay Bridge, San Francisco, USA.



Shrine of Ali, Mazar-i-Sharif, Afghanistan.

http://static.panoramio.com/photos/large/8090211.jpg


Trevi Fountain, Rome, Italy.

http://travelioo.com/img/Trevi-Fountain-Photo2.jpg


Mesa Verde, USA.

http://www.earthlyissues.com/images/Mesa_Verde_1.jpg


Sigiriya, Sri Lanka.



Winay Wayna, Peru.



Saksayhuaman, Cuzco, Peru.

http://davidgalsworthy.jalbum.net/One%20Year%20In%20Peru/slides/Sacsayhuaman%201.jpg


Metropolitan Cathedral, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.



Arequipa Cathedral, Arequipa, Peru.



Walt Disney Concert Hall, Los Angeles, USA.



Hollywood Sign, Los Angeles, USA.



One World Trade Center, New York, USA.



Willis Tower aka Sears Tower, Chicago, USA.



Hancock Centre, Chicago, USA.



Crazy Horse Memorial, USA.



Cahokia Mounds, near St Louis, USA.



Puebla Cathedral, Puebla, Mexico.



Monte Alban, Oaxaca, Mexico.



Sydney Harbour Bridge, Sydney, Australia.



Prambanan, near Yogyakarta, Indonesia.



Sandamuni Temple, Mandalay, Burma.



Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda, Phnom Penh, Cambodia.



Ta Prohm, Cambodia.



Bayon, Cambodia.



Cambulo Terraces, Philippines.



Batad Terraces, Philippines.



Bibi Ka Makbara, Aurangabad, India.



Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, Kandy, Sri Lanka.



Ryugyong Hotel, Pyongyang, North Korea.



Juche Tower, Pyongyang, North Korea.



Arch of Triumph, Pyongyang, North Korea



Temple of Heaven, Beijing, China.



Summer Palace, Beijing, China.



Granada Cathedral, Granada, Spain.



Palace of Fine Arts, San Francisco, USA.



Roman Forum, Rome, Italy.



Temple of Olympian Zeus, Athens, Greece.



Galata Tower, Istanbul, Turkey.



Ephesus, Turkey.



Hierapolis, Pamukkale, Turkey.



Pergamon, Bergama, Turkey.



Metropol Parasol, Seville, Spain.



The Alcazar, Seville, Spain



Marseille Cathedral, Marseille, France.

http://p5.storage.canalblog.com/50/07/430629/49021692.jpg


Altare della Patria, Rome, Italy.



Callanish Stones, Isle of Lewis, Scotland



Glasgow City Chambers, Glasgow, Scotland.

http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_AxPVm5NUxzU/TJTCwFLWnpI/AAAAAAAAC0c/2RE42BX0_zQ/s1600/citychambers.jpg


Pena National Palace, Sintra, Portugal.

http://www.worldfortravel.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/Beautiful-Pena-National-Palace.jpg


Kuelap, Peru.



Uxmal, Mexico.



Great Pyramid of Cholula, Cholula, Mexico.

http://www.mexicodesconocido.com.mx/assets/images/pueblos%20magicos/cholula_puebla/pueblos-magicos-cholula-puebla-zona-arqueologica-templo-remedios-ago13.jpg


Big Mosul Mosque, Mosul, Iraq.

http://static.panoramio.com/photos/large/8759971.jpg


Castel Sant'Angelo, Rome. Italy.



Palm Islands, Dubai, UAE



The World Islands, Dubai, UAE

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National Centre for the Performing Arts, Beijing, China.

http://i2.stay.com/images/venue/108/61/b0bce1f0/view-of-national-center-for-the-performing-arts.jpg


La Pedrera, Barcelona, Spain.



Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, Mumbai, Italy.



30 St Mary Axe aka The Gherkin, London, England.

http://openoffices.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/52f0f7259b2a6.jpeg


The Shard, London, England.

http://cdn.images.express.co.uk/img/dynamic/galleries/517x/29964.jpg


Buckingham Palace, London, England.



The British Museum, London, England.



Museum of Islamic Art, Doha, Qatar.



Guggeinheim Museum, Bilbao, Spain.



Nimes Arena, Nimes, France.



The Brandenberg Gate, Berlin, Germany.



Maiden Tower, Baku, Azerbaijan.



The Reichstag, Berlin, Germany.

http://travelioo.com/img/Reichstag-Building-Photo.jpg


Ajanta Caves, India.

http://famouswonders.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/06/ajanta-caves.jpg


Calakmul, Mexico

http://www.themgharris.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/calakmul-II.jpg


Mayapan, Telchaquillo, Mexico



Yaxchilan, Mexico



Becan, Mexico

http://www.latinamericanstudies.org/maya/becan-structure-4.jpg


Caracol, Belize

http://raggamuffintours.com/wp-content/uploads/caracol.jpeg


Copan, Honduras



El Mirador, Guatemala



Yaxha, Guatemala



Wembley Stadium, London, England

http://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Football/Clubs/Club_Home/2009/11/26/1259263633382/Wembley-Stadium-001.jpg


Allianz Arena, Munich, Germany

https://www.allianz-arena.de/media/images/topteaser/sommer_top2_970.jpg


Nou Camp, Barcelona, Spain

https://jackspostcardblog.files.wordpress.com/2011/09/campnou.jpg


Beijing National Stadium, aka the Bird's Nest Stadium, Beijing, China.



The Maracana Stadium, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil



Blenheim Palace, Woodstock, England

http://www.inframeweddings.co.uk/wp/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/blenheim-palace-weddings.jpg


Royal Pavilion, Brighton, England.

http://www.descubriruk.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/brighton-pavilion.jpg


Chan Chan, Peru.



Choquequirao, Peru.



Moray, Peru.



Tiwanaku, Bolivia.



Pompeii, Italy.



Herculaneum, Italy.



Old Saruma, England.



Royal Courts of Justice, London, England.



Boudhanath, Kathmandu, Nepal.


Humberstone, Chile.



Gran Torre Santiago, Santiago, Chile.



Palace of the Argentine National Congress, Buenos Aires, Argentina



La Recoleta Cemetery, Buenos Aires, Argentina



Palacio Salvo, Montevideo, Uruguay



Itaipu Dam, Paraguay-Brazil border



Ring of Brodgar, Orkney Islands, Scotland



Skara Brae, Orkney Islands, Scotland



Winchester Cathedral, Winchester, England



Canterbury Cathedral, Canterbury, England



Hampton Court Palace, London, England



Hadrian's Wall, North of England



Wells Cathedral, Wells, England



Newgrange, near Drogheda, Ireland



Heidelberg Castle, Heidelberg, Germany



Acropolis of Lindos, Rhodes, Greece



Trulli of Alberobello, Alberobello, Italy



Two Towers, Bologna, Italy



Parma Cathedral, Parma, Italy



Orvieto Cathedral, Orvieto, Italy



Hilton Molino Stucky, Venice, Italy



Castle de Haar, Haarzuilens, Holland



Marvao's Castle, Marvao, Portugal



Spis Castle, Spisske Podhradie, Slovakia



Segovia Aqueduct, Segovia, Spain



Segovia Cathedral, Segovia, Spain



Leon Cathedral, Leon, Spain



Santiago de Compostela Cathedral, Santiago de Compostela, Spain



Hungarian Parliament Building, Budapest, Hungary


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