World Wonders And UNESCO Heritage Sites

Various lists of the Wonders of the World have been compiled from antiquity to the present day, to catalogue the world's most spectacular natural wonders and manmade structures.

The Seven Wonders of the Ancient World is the first known list of the most remarkable creations of classical antiquity; it was based on guidebooks popular among Hellenic sightseers and only includes works located around the Mediterranean rim. The number seven was chosen because the Greeks believed it represented perfection and plenty, and because it was the number of the five planets known anciently, plus the sun and moon.

New7Wonders of the World (2000–2007) was an initiative started in 2000 as a Millennium project to choose Wonders of the World from a selection of 200 existing monuments.

Images for wonders in the world

* Colosseum-Rome-Italy.     *Eiffel Tower-Paris-France.    *Palace of Westminster-London-England.    *The Great Wall of China.     *Taj Mahal Agra India.  *Hallgrímskirkja Reykjavik-Iceland.    *Schönbrunn Palace in Vienna-Austria. *Little Mermaid – Copenhagen-Denmark.    *Acropolis of Athens-Greece.    *Saadiyat Cultural District, Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi.    *The Pyramid at Chichén Itzá-Cancun-Mexico.    *Versailles-Paris-France.    *Opera House-Sydney-Australia.    *Rio De Janeiro-Brasil.     *Saint Louis Arch-USA.    *Tivoli Gardens - Copenhagen, Denmark. *Statue-Liberty-N.Y.-USA.    *Gaudi-Casa-Batlló-Barcelona-Spain.    *Rijksmuseum-Amsterdam-Netherlands. *Brandenburg Gate-Berlin-Germany.   * Liberty Bridge-Budapest-Hungary.    *Buenos_Aires-Puente_de_la_Mujer-Argentina.    *Prague-Astronomical_Clock-Czech.    *Tian Tan Buddha, Hong Kong.    *SAO ROQUE CHURCH AND MUSEUM-LISBON-PORTUGAL    *Red Square-Moscow.    *Punta Cana-Dominican Republic .................. many more


100 Famous Wonders

Great Wall of China Great Wall of China Petra Petra Taj Mahal Taj Mahal Chichen Itza Chichen Itza Colosseum of Rome Colosseum of Rome Christ the Redeemer Christ the Redeemer Machu Picchu Machu Picchu Bali Bali Iguazu Falls Iguazu Falls Amazon Rain Forest Amazon Rain Forest Ngorongoro Crater Ngorongoro Crater Great Barrier Reef Great Barrier Reef Angkot Wat Angkor Wat Victoria Falls Victoria Falls Forbidden City Forbidden City Bagan Temples Bagan Temples Karnak Temple Karnak Temple Teotihuacan Teotihuacan Banaue Rice Terraces Banaue Rice Terraces Bora Bora Bora Bora Parthenon in Acropolis Acropolis in Parthenon Potala Palace Potala Palace Jerusalem Old City Jerusalem Old City Terracotta Warriors Terracotta Warriors Serengeti Migration Serengeti Migration Pyramids of Egypt Pyramids of Giza Nile River Cruise Nile River Cruise Easter Island Easter Island Cappadocia Cappadocia Galapagos Islands Galapagos Islands Fjords of Norway Fjords of Norway St. Peter's Basilica St. Peter's Basilica Egyptian Museum Egyptian Museum Borobudur Borobudur Valley of the Kings Valley of the Kings Hong Kong Harbor Hong Kong Harbor Sistine Chapel Sistine Chapel Alhambra Alhambra Louvre Museum Louvre Museum Canals of Venice Canals of Venice Versailles Versailles Carlsbad Caverns Carlsbad Caverns Mecca Mecca Kathmandu Valley Kathmandu City Metropolitan Museum Metropolitan Museum Mount Everest Mount Everest Temple of the Emerald Buddha Emerald BuddhaTem. Hagia Sophia Hagia Sophia Pompeii Pompeii Kashmir Valley Kashmir Valley Prague Old Town Prague Old Town Golden Temple Golden Temple Amalfi Drive Amalfi Drive & Coast Meenakshi Meenakshi Chartres Cathedral Chartres Cathedral Mezquita of Cordoba Mosque of Cordoba Ummayad Mosque Umayyad Mosque Dubrovnik Dubrovnik Old City Uffizi Gallery Uffizi Gallery Grand Canyon Grand Canyon Golden Pavilion Golden Pavilion Delphi Delphi St Basil's Cathedral St. Basil's Cathedral Abu Simbel Abu Simbel St. Mark's Basilica St. Mark's Basilica Florence Cityscape Florence Cityscape Kremlin Kremlin Varanasi Varanasi & Ganges Li River Lijiang River Shwedagon Pagoda Shwedagon Pagoda Sahara Desert Sahara Desert Leaning Tower of Pisa Leaning Tower of Pisa Baalbek Baalbek Mont-St-Michel Mont St-Michel Topkapi Palace Topkapi Palace Carnival in Rio Carnival in Rio Stonehenge Stonehenge Angel Falls Angel Falls Yellowstone Upper River Falls Yellowstone Nat. Park Santorini Santorini Petronas Twin Tower Petronas Twin Tower Matterhorn Matterhorn New York Skyline New York Skyline Marrakesh Marrakesh Eiffel Tower Eiffel Tower Ladakh Ladakh Niagara Falls Niagara Falls British Museum British Museum Burj Al Arab Burj Al Arab Yosemite National Park Yosemite National Park Ayers Rock Ayers Rock Chateau de Chambord Château de Chambord Temple of Heaven Temple of Heaven Neuschwanstein Castle Neuschwanstein Castle Sydney Opera House Sydney Opera House San Francisco Bay San Francisco Bay Dead Sea Dead Sea Portofino Portofino Hermitage Museum Hermitage Museum Banff National Park Banff National Park

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Statue of Liberty, USA

Eiffel Tower

Big Ben

Leaning Tower of Pisa, Pisa


Empire State Building

Hollywood Sign

Golden Gate Bridge

Notre Dame

Tokyo Tower

London Eye

St Peter's Basilica

Sagrada Familia

Little mermaid

Great Wall of China

Sydney Opera House, Australia

St. Basil´s Cathedral

Arc de Triomphe

Berlin Wall



Uluru - Ayers Rock

Taj Mahal

Pyramids of Giza, Egypt

The Great Sphinx

Tower Bridge

The Forbidden City, China

Mount Everest

Capitol Hill

Willis Tower (Sears Tower)

Brooklyn Bridge

Burj Al Arab Hotel


Trevi Fountain

St. Mark's Basilica & Campanile

Times Square

The White House

Louvre Museum

Manneken Pis, Brussels

Buckingham Palace 


Neuschwanstein Castle



Florence Cathedral

Edinburgh Castle

Maccu Piccu

Christ the Redeemer - Rio De Janerio, Brazil

CN Tower

Grand Canyon

Niagara Falls

Burj Khalifa

Tower of London

Madrid Palace

Mont St Michel, France

Las Vegas

Petronas Twin Towers

Windsor Castle

Sacre Coeur, Paris

St Paul’s Cathedral

Central Park

Mount Rushmore

Mount Fuji

Rialto Bridge

Arena di Verona

Space Needle

Westminster Abbey

Rock of Gibraltar


White Cliffs of Dover

Iguazu National Park, Argentina

Washington Monument

The Shard

The Gherkin


Temple of Luxor

Brandenburg Gate, Berlin

Cologne Cathedral



Mayan Pyramids of Chichen Itza

Cloud gate

Angkor Wat, Cambodia

Victoria Falls

See the Terracotta Warriors

Potala Palace, Lhasa


Yellowstone National Park

Hagia Sophia

Oriental Pearl Tower


Ponte Vecchio

Wailing Wall

Loch Ness


Sydney Harbor Bridge

Sistine Chapel

Spanish Steps

Bridge of Sighs

Pompidue Center

Summer Palace, an Imperial Garden in Beijing

Mount Etna

Lascaux Caves, France

Bryce Canyon National Park

Great Buddha

Ground Zero

Kronborg Castle

Gateway Arch

Shanghai World Finacial Center

Moulin Rouge

Redwood National Park


Molencomplex Kinderdijk

Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park

Tsarskoye Selo (Catherine Palace), St Petersburg, Russia

Juliet's Balcony

Berlin Cathedral

Helsinki Cathedral

Tivoli Gardens


Brighton Pier

Disneyland Paris

Giant's causeway

Everglades National Park


Papel Palace, Avignon

Pond du garre

Festung Hohensalzburg

Bran Castle

Prague Castle

Chapel Bridge

Piazza Del Campo, Siena


Table Mountain

Atomium, Brusel

Guggenheim Museum - Bilbao

Hollywood Walk of Fame

Death Valley

Winter Palace

Amalienborg palace

Ellis Island Immigration Museum

British Museum

Oxford University

Blue Lagoon


Blue Mosque, Istanbul

Piccadilly Circus

Trafalgar Square

Millau Bridge, France


1. Sydney Opera House, Australia: Iconic performing arts centre in a highly original design.
Reviewed 18th September 2011.

2. Marina Bay Sands, Singapore: Ultra-modern casino hotel with a "skypark" on top of the three-building structure.

Reviewed 25th September 2011.

3. Borobudur, Indonesia: Ancient and ornate Buddhist temple. 
Reviewed 3rd October 2011.

4. Petronas Towers, Malaysia: Gigantic twin towers with a bridge midway between them.
Reviewed 16th October 2011.

5. Shwedagon Pagoda, Burma: Gleaming gold pagoda on a hill.
Reviewed 21st October 2011.

6. Bodhi Tataung Standing Buddha (Laykyun Setkyar), Burma: Second biggest statue in the world.
Reviewed 1st November 2011.

7. Bagan, Burma: Sprawling ruins of former civilisation.

Reviewed 26th October 2011 (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 11th November 2011.

9. Banaue Rice Terraces, Philippines: Mountains sculpted into green terraces over 2000 years of rice-growing.
Reviewed 3rd December 2011.

10. Ayutthaya Historic Park, Thailand: Ruined former capital of Thailand.
Reviewed 21st December 2011.

11. Temple of the Emerald Buddha, Thailand: Temple complex hosting precious Buddhist artefact.
Reviewed 23rd December 2011.

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 6th February 2012.

14: Taj Mahal, India: World-famous monument in tribute to love and symbol of India.
Reviewed 9th February 2012.

15: Agra Fort, India: Red sandstone fort complex, once the home of emperors.
Reviewed 13th February 2012.

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 14th February 2012.

18. The Forbidden City, China: Home of Chinese emperors and symbol of Chinese imperialism.
Reviewed 22nd February 2012.

19. Great Wall of China: A very long wall.
Reviewed 17th March 2012.

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 24th March 2012.

21. Leshan Giant Buddha, China: Ancient and colossal Buddha statue carved into the rock.
Reviewed 6th April 2012.

22. Three Gorges Dam, China: Biggest dam in the world.
Reviewed 6th April 2012.

23. Carcassonne, France: Fortified French town.
Reviewed 25th July 2012.

24. Millau Viaduct, France: Elegant modern cable-stayed bridge, and tallest bridge in the world.
Reviewed 27th July 2012.

25. Notre Dame de Paris, France: Cathedral in the heart of Paris and a supreme example of Gothic architecture.
Reviewed 7th January 2013.

26. Eiffel Tower, France: One of the most iconic structures on Earth.
Reviewed 11th January 2013.

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 24th April 2013.

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

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

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.

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Still to visit

67. Cologne Cathedral, Germany: Awe-inspiring Gothic cathedral, dominating the city of Cologne.
68. Neuschwanstein Castle, Germany: Fairytale faux-medieval castle built by an insane king of Bavaria.  

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. Santa Maria della Salute, Italy: Venetian domed church.

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

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

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

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. Jatavanaramaya, Sri Lanka: Colossal brick stupa, once second only in size to the pyramids.

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. Church of Saint George, Ethiopia: The best of a number of ancient churches carved into the rock.

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

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

103. Palmyra, Syria: Ancient Arabic city ruins.

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

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