Wonders of the World – Civilization 5 meets Reality

What do Civilization 5 Wonders look like in the real world?

I’m dedicating this post to all Civilization enthusiasts and globetrotters, nerds and travelers of the world. You’re both? Even better! Also it’s for lovers of great photography!

I traveled around the world for many times. Virtually. With Civilization (the real world is still in progress). I gained a lot of trivia knowledge from it – knowledge of wonders, history, well… civilization! (Also I learned that the German word “Viehzucht” is “husbandry” in English. Why the heck does that word contain “husband”???)

While writing my post about Antiquity sites achievements, I mentioned some of the cultural wonders in Civilization 5. I realized I knew about all those wonders of the world, except for the Uffizi. So I looked it up and also searched for nice photographs. Striking it rich, I looked for more photographs of world wonders until I had the epiphany of creating a blog post about it! And here we are:

Traditionally Civilization covers most of the classic Wonders of the World. Civ 5 even covers all of them: Civilization 5 goes even beyond that, also covering 6 of the New 7 Wonders of the World:
  • Great Pyramid of Giza
  • Hanging Gardens of Babylon
  • Statue of Zeus (not since Civ1)
  • Temple of Artemis (not since Civ1)
  • Mausoleum at Halicarnassus (not since Civ1)
  • Colossus of Rhodes
  • Lighthouse of Alexandria
  • Great Wall of China
  • Petra
  • Christ the Redeemer
  • Machu Picchu
  • Chichen Itza
  • Colosseum (not a wonder in Civ5)
  • Taj Mahal

Stop talking! Bring on the Wonders!


Civilization 5 Wonders

Real Wonders of the World

Alhambra, Granada, Spain

Civilization 5 Wonder - Alahambra

Angkor Wat, Cambodia (Civ: Khmer)

Civilization 5 Wonder - Angkor Wat

Big Ben, London, England

Civilization 5 Wonder - Big Ben

Borobudur, Central Java, Indonesia

Civilization 5 Wonder - Borobudur

Brandenburg Gate, Berlin, Germany

Civilization 5 Wonder - Brandenburg Gate

Broadway, New York, USA

Civilization 5 Archaeology Achievements - Broadway

Chichen Itza, Yucatán, Mexico

Civilization 5 Wonder - Chichen Itza

CN Tower, Toronto, Canada

Civilization 5 Wonder - CN Tower

Colossus, Rhodes, Greece

Civilization 5 Wonder - Colossus

Destroyed in an earthquake 226 BC.
Cristo Redentor, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Civilization 5 Wonder - Christo Redentor

Eiffel Tower, Paris, France

Civilization 5 Wonder - Eiffel Tower

Forbidden Palace, Beijing, China

Civilization 5 Wonder - Forbidden Palace

Globe Theatre, London, England

Civilization 5 Archaeology Achievements - Globe Theatre

The Shakespeare’s Globe is a reconstruction of the Globe Theatre, originally built in 1599, burned down in 1613, rebuilt in 1614, and eventually demolished in 1644.

Great Firewall

Civilization 5 Wonder - Great Firewall

Only exists in Civilization 5.The Great Firewall grants a 99.9% reduction in effectiveness of enemy spies in the city in which it is built. All other cities in the civilization get a 25% reduction in enemy spy effectiveness.We (meaning Europe except the UK) might need this, too, nowadays.
Great Library, Alexandria, Egypt

Civilization 5 Wonder - Great Library

Destroyed by men.
Great Lighthouse, Alexandria, Egypt

Civilization 5 Wonder - Great Lighthouse

Badly damaged by 3 earthquakes between the 10th and 14th century and eventually replaced by a citadel in 1480 AD.
Great Mosque of Djenne, Djenné, Mali

Civilization 5 Wonder - Great Mosque of Djenne

Great Wall, China

Civilization 5 Wonder - Great Wall

Hagia Sophia, Istanbul, Turkey

Civilization 5 Wonder - Hagia Sophia

Hanging Gardens, Iraq (Civ: Babylon)

Civilization 5 Wonder - Hanging Gardens

Hanging Gardens by Mirela Waterlander on 500px

Photograph Hanging Gardens by Mirela Waterlander on 500px

The location of the real Hanging Gardens has never been 100% confirmed. They don’t exist anymore, but there’s no definite ruins to be found. The above is a picture of “modern” hanging gardens near Luxembourg.

Hermitage, Saint Petersburg, Russia

Only being a national wonder in Civilization there’s no concept art available. But it’s one of two national wonders that really exist (physically), so it deserves a place here.

Himeji Castle, Himeji, Japan

Civilization 5 Wonder - Himeji Castle

Hubble Space Telescope, Orbit, Earth

Civilization 5 Wonder - Hubble Space Telescope

International Space Station, Orbit, Earth

Civilization 5 Wonder - International Space Station

Kremlin, Moscow, Russia

Civilization 5 Wonder - Kremlin

Leaning Tower of Pisa, Pisa, Italy

Civilization 5 Wonder - Leaning Tower

Louvre, Paris, France

Civilization 5 Archaeology Achievements - Louvre

Machu Picchu, Cusco, Peru (Civ: Inca)

Civilization 5 Wonder - Machu Picchu

Mausoleum of Halicarnassus, Bodrum, Turkey (Civ: Greece)

While being a World Wonder in previous versions of Civilization, and even in the vanilla version of Civilization 5, it has been removed from the game by now.

Destroyed, probably by an earthquake.Here’s a picture of a miniature at Miniatuk Istanbul:

Neuschwanstein, Füssen, Germany

Civilization 5 Wonder - Neuschwanstein

Notre Dame, Paris, France

Civilization 5 Wonder - Notre Dame

Oracle, Delphi, Greece

Civilization 5 Wonder - Oracle

Oxford University, Oxford, England

Only being a national wonder in Civilization there’s no concept art available. But I started looking for real world pictures of Civilization 5 wonders with the Oxford University, while writing the Archeology blogpost, so it deserves being in here.

Parthenon, Athens, Greece

Civilization 5 Archaeology Achievements - ParthenonAnecdote: Built by Kallikrates

Pentagon, Washington, USA

Civilization 5 Wonder - Pentagon

Petra, Jordan

Civilization 5 Wonder - Petra

Porcelain Tower, Nanjing, China

Civilization 5 Wonder - Porcelain Tower

Destroyed by men in 1856.
Prora, Rügen, Germany

Civilization 5 Wonder - Prora

Pyramids, Giza, Egypt

Civilization 5 Wonder - Pyramids

Red Fort, Dehli, India

Civilization 5 Wonder - Red Fort

Sistine Chapel, Vatican City

Civilization 5 Archaeology Achievements - Sistine-Chapel

Statue of Liberty, New York, USA

Civilization 5 Wonder - Statue of Liberty

Statue of Zeus, Olympia, Greece

Civilization 5 Wonder - Temple of Zeus

Temple of Olympian Zeus by nck multimedia on 500px

Photograph Temple of Olympian Zeus by nck multimedia on 500px

Destroyed during the 5th century.

Stonehenge, England (Civ: Celts)

Civilization 5 Wonder - Stonehenge

Sydney Opera House, Sydney, Australia

Civilization 5 Archaeology Achievements - Sydney Opera House

Taj Mahal, Agra, India

Civilization 5 Wonder - Taj Mahal

Temple of Artemis, Ephesus, near Selcuk, Turkey (Civ: Greece)

While being a World Wonder in previous versions of Civilization, and even in the vanilla version of Civilization 5, it has been removed from the game by now.

Destroyed and rebuilt several times, before finally being destroyed in 401.
Terracotta Army, Xi’an, China

Civilization 5 Wonder - Terracotta Army

Uffizi, Florence, Italy

Civilization 5 Archaeology Achievements - Uffizi

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