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.

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Bayterek Tower, Astana, Kazakhstan.

Diocletian's Palace, Split, Croatia.

Great Zimbabwe, Zimbabwe.

Palace of the Parliament, Bucharest, Romania.

The Mezquita, Cordoba, Spain.

Albi Cathedral, Albi, France.

Mount Athos, Greece.

Konark Sun Temple, Konark, India.

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.

Laon Cathedral, Laon, France.

St Stephen's Cathedral, Vienna, Austria.

Burgos Cathedral, Burgos, Spain.

Seville Cathedral, Seville, Spain.

York Minster, York, England.

The Pantheon, Rome, Italy.

National Congress, Brasilia, Brazil.

Suleymaniye Mosque, Istanbul, Turkey.

Topkapi Palace, Istanbul, Turkey.

Battersea Power Station, London, England.

Angel of the North, Gateshead, England.

Chand Baori, near Jaipur, India.

Victoria Memorial, Kolkata, India.

Ollantaytambo, Peru.

Key Monastery, India.

Puylaurens Castle, Puylaurens, France.

Bay Bridge, San Francisco, USA.

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

Trevi Fountain, Rome, Italy.

Mesa Verde, USA.

Sigiriya, Sri Lanka.

Winay Wayna, Peru.

Saksayhuaman, Cuzco, Peru.

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.

Altare della Patria, Rome, Italy.

Callanish Stones, Isle of Lewis, Scotland

Glasgow City Chambers, Glasgow, Scotland.

Pena National Palace, Sintra, Portugal.

Kuelap, Peru.

Uxmal, Mexico.

Great Pyramid of Cholula, Cholula, Mexico.

Big Mosul Mosque, Mosul, Iraq.

Castel Sant'Angelo, Rome. Italy.

Palm Islands, Dubai, UAE

The World Islands, Dubai, UAE


National Centre for the Performing Arts, Beijing, China.

La Pedrera, Barcelona, Spain.

Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, Mumbai, Italy.

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

The Shard, London, England.

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.

Ajanta Caves, India.

Calakmul, Mexico

Mayapan, Telchaquillo, Mexico

Yaxchilan, Mexico

Becan, Mexico

Caracol, Belize

Copan, Honduras

El Mirador, Guatemala

Yaxha, Guatemala

Wembley Stadium, London, England

Allianz Arena, Munich, Germany

Nou Camp, Barcelona, Spain

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

The Maracana Stadium, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Blenheim Palace, Woodstock, England

Royal Pavilion, Brighton, England.

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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