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The Seven Wonders of the World are a traditional list of seven great and monumental feats of architecture and/or engineering. The original Seven Wonders were compiled in classical times, but since then new lists have appeared and evolved to accommodate new technologies

List limitations

A wonder of the world must be:

  • An artificial project of architecture and/or engineering of unprecedented proportions
  • Either monumental in significance or indispensible in its practicality
  • Actually constructed at some point in space and time, but not necessarily completed or still standing
  • Created at such a date with appropriate technology that is reasonable for each of the following lists: Ancient (until 500 AD), Medieval (500 AD to 1700), and Modern (after 1700). On the final "New Wonders" list, monuments from any time period are appropriate

Wonders of the Ancient World

The oldest and most original list of Seven Wonders is attributed to the Hellenistic poet Antipater in the 2nd century BC, whose list is laid out below. It is sometimes attributed that the historian Herodatus wrote a list much earlier, but this is unlikely as the latter lived long before most of this monuments existed. Still, the ones that did exist at his time Herodatus wrote of extensively, making one of his most memorable mottoes that the "wonders of ancient man" should be always remembered. Sadly, all but one of thes wonders (the Pyramids of Giza) were destroyed at some point long ago.

OOC note: This list is fixed. It's only purpose here is to illustrate some examples of great monuments in the past.

Seven Wonders of the Ancient World
Name Location Date Built Final Fate
Great Pyramid of Giza Giza, Egypt c.2500 BC Still intact
Hanging Gardens of Babylon Susa, Assyria 559 BC Disappeared
Temple of Artemis at Ephesus Ephesus, Asia Minor c.550 BC Destroyed by Goths in 268 AD
Statue of Zeus at Olympia Olympia, Greece 466-435 BC Disassembled by Byzantines in 475 AD
Mausoleum of Bodrum Halicarnasses, Asia Minor 351 BC Still intact
Colossus of Rhodes Rhodes, Asia Minor 292-280 BC Destroyed in an earthquake in 226 BC
Lighthouse of Alexandria Alexandia, Egypt 280-247 BC 

Destroyed in an earthquake in 1303

Rebuilt

Wonders of the Medieval World

Towards the end of the Middle Ages, fascination with classical civilization led to the rise of "updated" lists that inluded more recently-built monuments from other cultures. The seven most prominent monuments added to these lists are known as the "Seven Wonders of the Medieval World". Of course, as many of thes monuments were made outside of Europe, it's important to note that "Medieval" technology is a more loose term that can be applied to architecture as late as the 17th century.

OOC note: As the beginning of the game corresponds to the late Middle Ages, I intentionally left some entries blank for people to make proposals from the game on the talk page. This is especially necessary as some Medieval Wonders (including the Taj Mahal, the Great Wall of China, and the Porcelain Tower of Nanjing) were drastically altered in the game. 

UPDATE: Entries have been filled. Feel free to dispute what entries made it in on the talk page.

Seven Wonders of the Medieval World
Name Location Date Built Final Fate
Hagia Sophia Constantinople, Greece 537 AD Still intact
Cairo Citadel Cairo, Egypt 1176-1183 Still intact
Ely Cathedral Cambridge, Britannica 1083-1115 Still intact
Tower of Pisa Pisa, Italy 1173-1185 Still intact
Kiel Canal Hamburg, Germany 1540-1547 Still intact
Samseonggung Temple Samseonggung, Korea 1651-1658 Still intact
Winter Palace of Queen Elsa north of Oslo, Norway 1523-1535 Lost

Wonders of the Modern World

In the world of modern, industrialized engineering, monument building has taken on a whole new dimension. Many architectural feats are more famous for their practicality than sheer beauty, if any beauty exists at all.

OOC note: This list is entirely left blank so that it can be filled by player-created monuments in the industrial era. Please make proposals on the talk page to help complete it.

Seven Wonders of the Modern World
Name Location Date Built Final Fate
First Transcontinental Railroad San Francisco, Borealia to Petropolis, Reme 1844-1848 Still intact
King Charles Tower Madrid, Spain 2012-2015 To be built
Statue of Liberty San Francisco, Borealia 1905-1907 Damaged in the Borealian Civil War. Rebuilt
Chadian Works Lake Chad, Algeria 2000-2005 To be built
Emeraldian Canal Isthmus of Emereldie 1899-1914 Still intact
Unity Tower Buenos Aires, Andea 1969-1981 Still intact
Christ the Redeemer Sao Sebastião, Brazil 1922-1931 Still intact

New Seven Wonders Foundation List

Starting in 1990, the New Seven Wonders Foundation overviewed the most popular monuments from all over history. Medieval, Ancient and Modern. They painstakingly interviewed people from around the globe over several years to compile a generally best list for an all-around Seven Wonders of the World today. This was the result:

OOC note: four entries are intentionally left blank to facilitate players to propose their own monuments on the talk page. This is especially necessary as some monuments on the OTL list did not exist in the game. Unlike the previous lists, these are not limited to time, but can be as old or as recent as you want. 

New Seven Wonders List
Name Location Date Built Final Fate
Petra Ma'an, Levant c.300 BC Still intact 
Chichen Itza Yucatan, Mexica c.800 AD Still intact (correct if wrong)
Colosseum Rome, Italy 70-80 AD Still intact 
Stone Henge Amesbury, Britannia 2600-2200 BC Still intact
Palace of Machu Pichhu Macchu Piccu, Andea 1493-1499 Still intact
Unity Statue Kolkata, India 1901-1907 Damaged in World War II
United Nations Building New Munich, Borealia 1984-1989 Still intact

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