Wonders in Africa
Great Library (The Library of Alexandria)
Game stats: +3 Science,+1 GPP towards Great Scientist, 1 free Technology, and provides a free Library in the City where the Wonder was built.
Historical information: One of the largest and most significant libraries of the ancient world. Alexandria was dedicated to the Muses, the nine goddesses of the art.
Location: Alexandria, Egypt.
Built: est 300 BC.
Destroyed: 391 AD after a series of fires.
How to visit: While the ancient library and any ruins from the time may have gone, a new library has been established in it's place. While not the same thing, it is definitely worth a look.
Great Lighthouse (Lighthouse of Alexandria)
Game stats: All military naval units receive +1 Movement and +1 Sight. Provides a free Lighthouse in the City where the Wonder was built. +1 GPP towards Great Merchant.
Historical information: Built to guide approaching ships to the harbour on an otherwise unmarked coast. Some historians believe that fires were burned on the top of the tower, while others believe that mirrors were used to reflect sunlight.
Location: Sea floor of Alexandria's Eastern Harbour. Egypt.
Built: 280 BC.
Destroyed: 1480 AD after a series of earthquakes.
How to visit: While the ruins remain underwater, a museum is being planned in order to allow them to be viewed in their natural landscape.
Pyramids (Pyramids of Giza)
Game stats: Tile improvement construction speed increased by 25% and 2 Workers appear near the City, +1 GPP towards Great Engineer.
Historical information: Built as burial tombs and monuments for the Pharaohs.
Location: Cairo, Giza Plateau, Egypt.
Built: Between 2630 BC–2611 BC.
How to visit: Still in great condition, the Pyramids of Giza are open daily for viewing for $10.
Great Mosque of Djenné
Game stats: All missionaries from this city may spread a religion 3 times instead of 2. +1 GPP towards Great Engineer
Historical information: Constructed by Sultan Koi Kunboro, this is the largest mud-brick building in the world.
Location: Djenné, Mali
How to visit: Non-Muslims are banned from entering the mosque, however you can view it for free from the street side.
Wonders in Asia
Great Wall (Great Wall of China)
Game stats: Enemy land units must spend 1 extra movement point when inside your territory. Provides a free Walls in the City where the Wonder was built, +1 GPP towards Great Engineer.
Historical information: Build to protect China against raids and invasions.
Built: 206 BC.
How to visit: The Great Wall of China is very long and crosses nine provinces. Different sections of the wall are recommended to visit depending on your fitness levels. Costs range from $3 - $7.
Game stats: +1 Food, +1 Production, for all desert tiles worked by this city (except flood plains).Gains an additional trade route slot and a Caravan appears in the city. +6 Culture once Archaeology is discovered.
Historical information: The site of Petra is one of the most famous examples of rock-cut architecture in the world. Petra was as the capital city of the Nabataean people.
Location: Petra, Jordan.
Built: 300 BC.
How to visit: A pass is needed to visit the area, and a day pass costs around $120.
Game stats: +6 Culture.
Historical information: The Army was built to accompany the Emperor Qin Shi Huang in his burial tomb. The Figurines are life sizes and each is unique and positioned in proper military formations. The three pits containing the Terracotta Army once held more than 8,000 soldiers, 130 chariots with 520 horses and 150 cavalry horses.
Location: Lintong, Xi'an, Shaanxi, China.
Built: 210 BC.
How to visit: The Army is persevered as a part of the Terra Cotta Warriors Museum which can be visited for around $10.
Game stats: Culture and 2 Gold cost of acquiring new tiles reduced by 25% in all cities. +1 GPP towards Great Engineer
Historical information: Built by King Suryavarman II as the royal palace and state Hindu temple.
Location: Siem Reap Province, Cambodia.
Built: 12th Century.
How to visit: The temples are open to tourists during the day, and cost around $20.
Game stats: 3 free Missionaries appear in the City where the Wonder was built.
Historical information: Borobudur is an ancient Buddhist temple which is decorated with over 500 Buddhist statues. It was built during the reign of the Sailendra Dynasty.
Location: Magelang, Java, Indonesia.
Built: 825 AD.
How to visit: The temple site is open to tourists for $20.
Forbidden Palace (Forbidden City)
Game stats: Unhappiness from number of citizens in non-occupied cities reduced by 10%.
Historical information: Its official title is actually the Imperial Palace, and it was the residence of 24 emperors of the Ming and Qing Dynasties.
Location: Beijing, China.
Built: 1420 AD.
How to visit: The Palace is open to visitors, and admission costs just under $10.
Game stats: +15% Combat Strength for units fighting in friendly territory. Provides a free Castle in the City where the Wonder was built. +2 GPP towards Great Engineer.
Historical information: Originally a fort, it was dismantled and turned into a castle. Ikeda Terumasa was gifted the castle for his help in the Battle of Sekigahara.
Location: Himeji, Hyogo Prefecture, Japan.
Built: 1333 AD.
How to visit: Admission into the castle costs just under $100.
Red Fort (Lal Qil'ah)
Game stats: Defensive Buildings in all Cities are 25% more effective.
Historical information: The residence of Mughal emperors from 1648 AD until 1857 it houses large audience halls, luxurious living quarters, richly landscaped gardens, baths, libraries, and sumptuous mosques.
Location: New Delhi, India.
How to visit: Admission into the Palace is $10 for foreigners.
Game stats: +4 Happiness and starts a Golden Age.
Historical information: Built as a mausoleum for the wife of Emperor Shah Jahan. Over 1000 elephants were used in it's construction to carry in the materials needed. It has a gateway, garden, mausoleum, mosque, and guest house.
Location: Agra, Uttar Pradesh, India.
Built: 1648 AD.
How to visit: Entrance into the Taj Mahal costs $15 for foreigners.
Wonders in Australia
Sydney Opera House
Game stats: 50% Culture in the City where the Wonder was built and 1 free Social Policy.
Historical information: This Opera house took 20 years to build. Inside is an Opera Theatre, concert hall, a restaurant and 3 small venues.
Location: Sydney, Australia.
How to visit: Experiences and shows are open to attending for a wide range of prices. The cost to take a tour of the building is $27.
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