I have been playing Civilization since I was a wee nipper. As a childhood favourite, a lot of my history and geography knowledge has originated from my experiences playing this game. So much so that when I hear the names of certain world leaders or landmarks my immediate thought is usually a Civilization memory.
This has led to a life-long desire of mine; to visit all of the real life wonders that I have built in a Civilization game. For anyone else who is interested in the challenge, here is the complete list of where to find the real life equivalent of the Civilization V Wonders of the World.
Wonders in Europe
Mausoleum of Halicarnassus
Game stats: +1 GPP towards Great Merchant, +2 Gold for each source of Marble or Stone worked by this City and 10 Gold for each Great Person expended.
Historical information: Built as a tomb for Mausolus, the ruler of Caria and his wife (who was also his sister) Artemisia II of Caria.
Location: Bodrum, Turkey.
Built: 351 BC.
Destroyed: 1494 AD by earthquakes.
How to visit: The Archaeological site where the ruins are located is open daily for tourists to visit for $3.
Statue of Zeus
Game stats: All units gain +15% Combat Strength when attacking cities.
Historical information: Built by the Greek sculptor Phidias at the sanctuary of Olympia in honor of the Greek God Zeus.
Location: Ancient Olympia, Elis, Greece.
Built: 435 BC.
Destroyed: Either carried away and destroyed in AD 475 or perished in a fire in AD 425.
How to visit: All that remains is the ruins of the workshop where Phidias created the statue. You can visit the Ancient Olympia Archaeological Site for around $15.
Game stats: +6 Culture, +1 GPP towards Great Engineer.
Historical information: A prehistoric monument that took Neolithic builders an estimated 1,500 years to erect. It is comprised of 100 stones placed in a circular layout. Modern scholars agree that Stonehenge was once used as a burial ground.
Location: Wiltshire, England.
Built: Between 3000 BC to 2000 BC
How to visit: While you can see the monuments from the car park, it does cost $25 to get close to the monuments. Visitors are not allowed access to the stones and must look from a distance.
Temple of Artemis
Game stats: +10% Growth in all cities and +15% Production of ranged units, +1 GPP towards Great Engineer.
Historical information: Greek temple dedicated to the goddess Artemis. The temple is said to have been destroyed and rebuilt no less than seven times.
Location: Selçuk, Turkey.
Built: 880 BC.
Destroyed: 401 AD.
How to visit: The temple ruins still remain and be viewed when visiting Ephesus for $15.
Game stats: +4 Culture. Contains a Great Work slot filled with a pre-built Great Work of Art.
Historical information: Built in dedication to the Greek goddess Athena. The Parthenon also served as treasury both for Athens itself and for the Delian League.
Location: Athens, Greece.
Built: 447 BC.
How to visit: Open daily for tourists as a part of the Acropolis for $22.
Alhambra (Alhambra Palace)
Game stats: Provides all units built in the City the Drill I promotion. Provides a free Castle as well as a +20% boost to Culture in the City where the Wonder was built.
Historical information: Known as the Red Fortress, Alhambra Palace was built for the Nasrid Dynasty.
Location: Granada, Andalusia, Spain.
Built: 1238 AD.
How to visit: Restricted numbers can visit a day, with advance booking recommended. Prices are around $15.
Game stats: +25% generation of Great People in all cities.
Historical information: Constructed as a Greek Orthodox church later becoming a mosque, and now it is a museum.
Location: Istanbul, Turkey.
Built: 537 AD.
How to visit: Entry into the Museum is $14.
Notre Dame (Notre-Dame de Paris)
Game stats: +10 Happiness and +3 Culture +1 GPP towards Great Merchant.
Historical information: Built on the site on the site of a Roman temple to Jupiter, Notre Dame is a magnificent cathedral. Construction of Notre Dame took almost two centuries to complete.
Location: Paris, France.
Built: Building began in 1163.
How to visit: Notre Dame is open to all, and there is no entry fee.
Globe Theatre (Shakespeare's Globe)
Game stats: A Great Writer appears near the City where the Wonder was built. Contains 2 slots for Great Works of Writing.
Historical information: Built by the Lord Chamberlain's Men (the theatrical company of which William Shakespeare was a shareholder). In 1613 the Globe burned to the ground and was rebuilt on the same site in 1614 until closed by the Puritans in 1642.
Location: London, England.
Built: 1599 AD.
How to visit: Go along and see a performance, or head to the exhibition and tour which costs around $20.
Leaning Tower of Pisa
Game stats: +25% boost to Great People generation in all cities and generates a Great Person of the builder's choice.
Historical information: This bell tower has always been on a lean. Construction began in 1173 AD, and it it began to lean due to unstable soil and poor foundations. The tower has seven bells, each comprising a different note on the musical scale.
Location: Pisa, Italy.
Built: 1372 AD.
How to visit: Access is free to the site, but if you want to climb the tower it will cost you $20.
Game stats: +25% Culture in all Cities.
Historical information: The Sistine Chapel is a part of the Apostolic Palace, where the pope lives. Famous for its beautiful artwork, Michelangelo devoted four years to painting the mural on the ceiling of the Apostolic Palace.
Location: Vatican City.
Built: 1481 AD.
How to visit: A trip into the Vatican, to see the chapel is $20.
Game stats: +2 GPP towards Great Merchant.
Historical information: Big Ben is actually the name of the bell, and the tower is called Elizabeth Tower. It is the second largest four-faced clock in the world.
Location: London, England.
How to visit: It is free to view from the street, however visitors are not allowed to enter the tower.
Game stats: A Great General appears near the Capital and +15 experience for all new units built in this city. +2 GPP towards Great Scientist.
Historical information: The only surviving town gate of the city of Berlin. It once marked the start of the road from Berlin to the town of Brandenburg an der Havel.
Location: Berlin, Germany.
Built: 1791 AD.
How to visit: The Brandenburg gate is free to visit.
Game stats: +2 Culture. A Great Artist appears near the Capital.
Historical information: A large castle that served as the home to many of France's kings. In 1682 the Royal court moved to Versailles, and in 1793 the government opened the palace to the public. It has remained a public museum ever since.
Location: Paris, France.
Built: Construction began in 1202 AD.
How to visit: Entry into the museum is $17.
Game stats: +5 Happiness and +1 Happiness for every two policies. +2 GPP towards Great Merchant.
Historical information: Built by engineer Alexandre Gustave to demonstrate how steel and iron could be used in the construction of extremely tall buildings.
Location: Paris, France.
Built: 1887 AD.
How to visit: It costs to enter and climb the tower. Prices range from $8 -$19.
Kremlin (Moscow Kremlin)
Game stats: Defensive Buildings in all Cities are 25% more effective. +1 GPP towards Great Scientist.
Historical information: The Kremlin is a set of buildings including five palaces, four cathedrals and Kremlin Wall with Kremlin towers. It is the official residence of the President of the Russian Federation.
Location: Moscow, Russia.
Built: 1485 AD.
How to visit: Tickets cost variable amounts depending on which buildings within the Kremlin you would like to visit. The most expensive being around $10.
Neuschwanstein (Neuschwanstein Castle)
Game stats: +3 Gold, +2 Culture, +1 Happiness per Castle. +1 GPP towards Great Merchant.
Historical information: The Castle was commissioned by the "Mad King" Ludwig II of Bavaria. It was served the inspiration for the famous Sleeping Beauty Castle created by Walt Disney.
Location: Hohenschwangau, Germany.
Built: 1886 AD.
How to visit: Tickets cost $14. Access is via tour only.
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