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Rating of wonders

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Four criteria

Landmarks in the Wondermondo site have a rating from 0 (least wondrous) to 100 (most wondrous). This rating is calculated with a special formula, using the data of four criteria. These criteria are:

  1. Visual impression. This is the impression that is created by the wonder on human eyes and other senses. High visual impressions can be created by very ornate buildings, the extreme size of the object, or very unusual sight.
  2. Story. Wonders often are defined by unusual facts or events. These can be important scientific discoveries – e.g. a cave with remnants of another human species but this can be also an unusual story or tradition, e.g. islands where according to local legends live the deceased people.
  3. Uniqueness. This criterion is assessing the frequency (or rather – rarity) of the wonder in the world. There are very few wonders that are truly unique.
  4. Mystique. A minor part of wonders (some 3%) has some or several unexplained features. Most likely, there exists an explanation but it has not been found yet. Most frequently these are sites of ghost stories and stories about legendary animals (cryptozoological phenomena) but there happen to be also some very unusual natural phenomena. Humans are especially interested in such locations – scientific exploration has explained almost everything on Earth. The exceptions are rare and fascinating.

Further below are listed the 10 very best wonders after a thorough analysis of more than 11 500 wonders of Earth!

Kaaba, golden door visible, Saudi Arabia
Kaaba, golden door visible / Tab59, / CC BY-SA 2.0

Kaaba in Makkah (Saudi Arabia) has the highest rating on Earth in the criteria “Story” – 96%. The total weighted rating though is 74.7 (22nd place) because this wonder leaves a lower visual impression if compared to many other wonders around the world.

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10 top wonders of the world

01

Venice

9/10

90.1%

Italy

One of the most unusual and most beautiful cities on Earth, containing an unbelievable amount of art and architecture values. Venice has been built on 117 small, closely located islands and has been the capital of a powerful state in the 7th – 18th century.

Santa Maria della Salute in the skyline of Venice
02

Great Wall of China

8.9/10

89.3%

China / Mongolia

The largest series of fortification in the world with a total length 8,852 km, including 6,259.6 km of the actual wall. Constructed in the 5th century BC – 16th century AD by Chinese to protect northern borders of the Chinese Empire against intrusions by northern nomads. The oldest fraction is the Great Wall of Qi (in Shandong) – an approximately 600 km long section of wall built 685 BC.

Great Wall of China
03

Machu Picchu

8.8/10

88.1%

Peru

One of the most spectacular archaeological sites in the world, an Inca town. Machu Picchu is located on a rugged cliff peak and consists of extensive ruins of stone structures. It is believed that the town was built around 1450 as a shelter and center for Inca rulers – and abandoned sometimes around 1572.

Machu Picchu, Peru
04
8.6/10

86.1%

Jordan

The ancient capital city of Nabateans was established around the 6th century BC in the site of ancient sanctuary. Contains some of the most beautiful and intricate rock-cut architecture in the world, available after walking through some 1.2 km long, narrow gorge.

Al Khazneh, Petra
05
8.6/10

85.6%

United States

Possibly the most impressive canyon in the world. This 446 km long canyon is up to 1,800 m deep and has with rugged, nearly vertical walls.

Grand Canyon, Arizona
06
8.5/10

84.5%

Zambia / Zimbabwe

World’s largest curtain of falling water, 1,708 meters wide and 108 meters high waterfall. One of the most impressive natural sights in the world.

Part of the largest screen of falling water in the world - Mosi-oa-Tunya (Victoria Falls)
07
8.5/10

84.4%

Argentina / Brazil

One of the most enormous and most impressive waterfalls in the world. This waterfall is “only” 82 meters tall, but 2,700 meters wide.

Iguazu Falls
08

Mount Everest

8.1/10

81.4%

Nepal / Tibet

Earth’s highest mountain, 8,848 m high.

Mount Everest from Tibet
09

Sagrada Familia

7.9/10

79.4%

Spain

Largest and by far the most impressive Art Nouveau church in the world, designed by Antoni Gaudi; started in 1882 and due to be completed in 2026.

Sagrada Familia, Barcelona
10
7.9/10

78.8%

Turkey

A former Orthodox basilica built between 532 – 537 AD, it is now a mosque. Possibly the highest achievement of Byzantine architecture, it has been the largest cathedral in the world for nearly 1000 years. Constructed in 532 – 537.

Hagia Sophia, Istanbul
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Categories of wonders

Currently, the wonders of the world in Wondermondo are divided into 124 categories and four main realms: geology, biology, archaeology, and architecture.

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What is a wonder?

Many wonders are linked to a certain place. The aim of Wondermondo is to list and describe such places all around our planet. Thus, the name "wonder" on this website means a surprising place on our planet.

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About this project

Wondermondo informs you about the most unusual and interesting wonders of the world. This is a unique website because facts and science matter here but at the same time stories are told in a simple, accessible way.

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