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The best wonders of the world

All the wonders in Wondermondo are listed by 7 parts of the world (number of the described wonders in brackets):

Wondermondo is reviewing the world by 284 countries and territories. Some territories (f.e. Alaska) are parts of other countries, some (Guadeloupe) – overseas regions, there are multiple other statuses as well. Most (198) are fully independent countries.

Below are listed the 40 highest-rating wonders of the world. This is a unique list that is based on the data of more than 11 900 wonders around the world. See more about Wondermondo’s rating of wonders.

Wonders are listed by continent. The red number shows the position of the wonder in the total rating of all the wonders of the world.

Map of the best wonders (described ones)

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WorldViolet Africa


Victoria Falls (Mosi-oa-Tunya)

8.5 out of 10 stars 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)
Part of the largest screen of falling water in the world – Mosi-oa-Tunya (Victoria Falls) / Valentina Buj, / CC BY-SA 2.0

Giza Necropolis

7.2 out of 10 stars 72.3%


One of the major cultural monuments of the world, with three giant pyramids (Khufu’s, Khafre’s, and Menkaure’s), the Great Sphinx, cemeteries, and worker’s villages. Built mainly in the 26th century BC and served as the burial and mortuary temple complex of the great pharaohs of Egypt.

Giza Pyramids at night
Giza Pyramids at night / John Robinson, / CC BY 2.0

Khufu’s Pyramid (Great Pyramid of Giza)

7 out of 10 stars 69.6%


The tallest ancient pyramid and ancient structure in the world was built sometime around 2500 BC. Originally was 146.5 m tall, but now – 138.8 m. The incredible size and precision of this structure are rarely surpassed today. Contains three chambers. The pyramid most likely was built as a burial and mortuary temple.

WorldViolet Asia


Great Wall of China

8.9 out of 10 stars 89.3%

China / Mongolia

The largest series of fortifications in the world with a total length of 8,852 km, including 6,259.6 km of the actual wall. Constructed in the 5th century BC – 16th century AD by the Chinese to protect the 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 in 685 BC.

Great Wall of China
Great Wall of China / Jakub Hałun, Wikimedia Commons / CC BY-SA 3.0


8.6 out of 10 stars 86.1%


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

Al Khazneh, Petra
Al Khazneh, Petra / Sylvain L., Flickr / CC BY 2.0

Mount Everest

8.1 out of 10 stars 81.4%

Nepal / Tibet

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

Mount Everest from Tibet
Mount Everest from Tibet / Joe Hastings, Flickr. CC BY 2.0

Potala Palace

7.7 out of 10 stars 76.8%


A monument of world importance, this is the chief residence of the Dalai Lama. The first palace was built here in 637, while the current palace was built in 1645 at 13 floors and 117 meters high. It contains 1000 rooms and numerous monuments of art and knowledge, although most of them have been lost since the Chinese invasion.

Potala Palace, Tibet
Potala Palace, Tibet / , Flickr / CC BY 2.0


7.6 out of 10 stars 76.3%

Burma (Myanmar)

Ruins of a magnificent, enormous city. Bagan served as the capital of several ancient kingdoms. The city flourished in the 11th – 13th century AD. Here were built more than 5000 pagodas, now 2217 remain. These numerous high and beautiful buildings create a unique skyline.


Angkor Wat

7.6 out of 10 stars 76.0%


Considered to be the single largest religious complex in the world, built in the ancient capital of Khmers in the early 12th century. Considered to be one of the greatest achievements of humankind in architecture. Initially built as a Hindu monument, later converted into a Buddhist temple complex. Temple is adorned with more than 1 thousand m2 of high-quality bas-reliefs.

Five central towers of Angkor Wat
Five central towers of Angkor Wat / Dennis Jarvis, Flickr / CC BY-SA 2.0

Ellora Caves, Kailasanatha Temple

7.5 out of 10 stars 74.8%


One of the highest achievements not only in Hindu architecture but in ancient structural engineering of the world. A group of 34 rock-cut temples, including the glorious Kailasanatha Temple, are cut out from a whole rock. Built around 550 – 1000 AD.

Kailasanatha, India
Kailasanatha / , Flickr / CC BY-SA 2.0

Kaaba and Masjid al-Haram

7.5 out of 10 stars 74.7%

Saudi Arabia

The largest mosque in the world was built in 638 AD to surround the Kaaba – the holiest site of Islam. Contains several other sacred places, including Zamzam Well which is widely believed to be a miraculous natural spring but in reality, is handmade well.

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


7.5 out of 10 stars 74.7%


This Mahayana Buddhist temple complex was constructed in the period between 760 and 830 AD. One of the most impressive ancient temples in the world, the largest Buddhist structure in the world. This pyramid-shaped shrine is adorned with 2,772 sculpted panels and 504 Buddha sculptures, it is 35 m high, each side is 123 m long, and the whole structure is of high symbolism and represents Buddhist cosmology.

Stupas of Borobudur, Java
Stupas of Borobudur / , Flickr / CC BY 2.0

Ajanta Caves

7.4 out of 10 stars 74.0%


One of the most beautiful rock-cut temple complexes in the world, developed in the 2nd century BC – 480 AD. In total there are 28 – 30 rock-cut structures, containing murals and sculptures of high importance to the culture of mankind.

Ajanta Caves, inside the chaitya griha
Ajanta Caves, inside the chaitya griha / Geri, / CC BY-SA 2.0

Taj Mahal

7.3 out of 10 stars 72.5%


This mausoleum was built in 1648 by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan. One of the most iconic monuments of architecture in the world that unites elements of Islamic, Persian, and Indian architecture.

Taj Mahal
Taj Mahal / crazy_foolish4u, Flickr / CC BY 2.0


7.2 out of 10 stars 72.4%


The ancient holy city of Buddhists, Hindus, and Jains. With approximately 3000 years of age, this is one of the oldest inhabited cities in the world. It contains a huge amount of valuable monuments of architecture and history, a location of living unique traditions.

Varanasi, India
Varanasi, India / Ken Wieland, / CC BY-SA 2.0

Burj Khalifa

7.2 out of 10 stars 71.5%

United Arab Emirates

World’s tallest building, an 829.8 m tall skyscraper with 163 floors. Constructed in 2010. In the building are some 35,000 people at any time.

Burj Khalifa
Burj Khalifa. / Leandro Neumann Ciuffo, Flickr / CC BY 2.0


7.1 out of 10 stars 71.0%

Sri Lanka

One of the most interesting monuments of urban planning worldwide. Sigirya was constructed around and on the top of a nearly 200 m high rock peak. The construction took place in 477 – 495 AD. Later, until the 13th or 14th century, this city was used as a Buddhist monastery. This complex includes several unique monuments – including a giant lion whose mouth serves as the entrance to a rock fortress and beautiful frescoes – a masterpiece of world importance.

Sigiriya, Sri Lanka
Sigiriya, Sri Lanka / B.Gagnon, Wikimedia Commons / CC-BY-SA-3.0

Angkor (Angkor Thom)

7.1 out of 10 stars 70.7%


The ancient Khmer capital city, the once largest city in the world with an area of at least 1,000 km². Flourished in the 8th – 15th century AD. The city has ruins of numerous masterpieces of ancient architecture including the largest religious complex in the world – Angkor Wat and 71 other large religious complexes.

Bridge to Angkor Wat
Bridge to Angkor Wat / Chun Yip So, Flickr / CC BY 2.0

Shwedagon Pagoda

7 out of 10 stars 69.9%

Burma (Myanmar)

Gilded and 98 meters tall, this stupa is richly adorned with jewels. It is the most sacred pagoda in Burma. Initially built in the 6th century, rebuilt and extended, one of the most impressive architectural monuments in the world.

WorldViolet Australia and Oceania


Uluru (Ayers Rock)

7.8 out of 10 stars 77.6%


One of the Australian symbols. This is an enormous and visually very impressive sandstone inselberg, 348 meters high, and 9.4 km in circumference. A sacred place to local Aborigine peoples. Here are many springs, waterholes, caves, and rock art sites. Endemic plants.

WorldViolet Europe



9 out of 10 stars 90.1%


One of the most unusual and beautiful cities on Earth, containing an unbelievable amount of art and architectural value. Venice has been built on 118 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
Santa Maria della Salute in the skyline of Venice / Murray Foubister, Wikimedia Commons / CC BY-SA 2.0

Sagrada Familia

7.9 out of 10 stars 79.4%


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

Sagrada Familia, Barcelona
Sagrada Familia, Barcelona. / Sagrada Familia, Barcelona, Wikimedia Commons / CC BY-SA 3.0

Hagia Sophia

7.9 out of 10 stars 78.8%


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
Hagia Sophia / F.H.Mira, / CC BY-SA 2.0

Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore (Florence Cathedral)

7.7 out of 10 stars 77.0%


One of the most impressive churches in the world, the largest building in medieval Europe. Constructed in 1296 – 1469. Designed mostly in Gothic style, but considered to be one of the first Renaissance buildings.

Florence Cathedral in the night, Italy
Florence Cathedral in the night / M.Obal, Wikimedia Commons / CC BY-SA 3.0

Saint Mark’s Basilica

7.6 out of 10 stars 75.6%


A building of unusual beauty and splendor, it is one of the most important Byzantine architectural monuments in the world, constructed in 1094.

Saint Mark's Basilica, Italy
Saint Mark’s Basilica / C. Muller CC-BY-SA-3.0

Sistine Chapel

7.5 out of 10 stars 75.4%


Chapel at the Apostolic Palace, an important place for papal activity. This is the site where the new pope is selected. This church is not especially large but it has very special importance for the history of the church and art history. Construction in 1473 – 1481 and known in the world thanks to the frescoes made by such Renaissance artists as Sandro Botticelli, Michelangelo, Domenico Ghirlandaio, and Pietro Perugino. These frescoes are among the world’s highest achievements in art.

Paintings on the ceiling of Sistine Chapel, Vatican
Paintings on the ceiling of Sistine Chapel / Gunnar Grimnes, Flickr / CC BY 2.0

St. Peter’s Basilica

7.5 out of 10 stars 75.0%


The best known of the four ancient papal basilicas. The most important church in Christian history, with the largest interior of any church. This is the largest structure in the Vatican and occupies a significant part of this state. The present basilica was built in 1506 – 1626 and represents one of the most important pieces of Renaissance architecture. Contains several graves including the purported grave of Saint Peter (Vatican Necropolis).

St. Peter's Basilica in Vatican
St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican / Dennis Jarvis, Flickr / CC BY-SA 2.0

Palace of Versailles

7.4 out of 10 stars 73.8%


The best-known and possibly the most magnificent palace in the world. Developed in the suburbs of Paris starting in 1661 and served as a royal palace until 1789. With the development of Versailles, there was developed a new style in many areas of life – architecture, planning, arts, governance, and etiquette – thus the palace represents one of the most important monuments of culture in Europe. Considered to be the largest palace in the world, with 700 rooms, the facade is some 680 m long.

Versailles. / 3dpete, Flickr / CC BY-ND 2.0

Eiffel Tower

7.2 out of 10 stars 72.1%


One of the best-known landmarks in the world, a symbol of Paris and to some extent – the whole of France. This 324 m tall iron lattice tower was built in 1889 and was the tallest man-made structure on Earth until 1930.

Eiffel Tower, sunset
Eiffel Tower, sunset / Angel James de Ocampo, Flickr. CC BY 2.0

Saint Basil’s Cathedral

7.2 out of 10 stars 72.0%


A group of nine churches that was constructed in 1555 – 1561 to commemorate the victories of Ivan the Terrible. This building has left much influence on Russian and world architecture.

St. Basil's Cathedral in Moscow in the night
St. Basil’s Cathedral in Moscow in the night / Asguskov, Wikimedia Commons / CC-BY-SA-3.0

Milan Cathedral

7.2 out of 10 stars 71.7%


One of the most impressive Gothic buildings in the world, constructed in 1386 – 1965.


Westminster Abbey

7.1 out of 10 stars 70.5%

United Kingdom

Royal Church of the United Kingdom with numerous art values. Constructed in 1245 – roughly 1745, mainly in the Gothic style. One of the earliest representatives of Gothic architecture in England.

Westminster Abbey
Westminster Abbey./ Kevin Poh, Flickr / CC BY 2.0

Leaning Tower of Pisa

7 out of 10 stars 69.8%


An impressive monument of European medieval Romanesque architecture, construction started in 1173-1372. Due to weak ground, it started to tilt and the significant tilting has made this structure famous worldwide.

Pisa Tower
Pisa Tower./ Roderick Eime, Flickr / CC BY-ND 2.0

WorldViolet North America


Grand Canyon

8.6 out of 10 stars 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 rugged, nearly vertical walls.

Grand Canyon, Arizona
Grand Canyon / Catron S., CC-BY-SA-3.0

Niagara Falls

7.7 out of 10 stars 76.9%

Canada / United States

The most popular waterfall in the world is 51 meters high and 1203 meters wide. The shape of the waterfall and its proportions have become somewhat synonymous with the word “waterfall”.

Niagara Falls in Canada / United States
Niagara Falls in Canada / United States / Photo by IDuke, Wikimedia Commons, CC-BY-SA-2.5


7.4 out of 10 stars 73.8%


One of the largest ancient cities in the world with numerous monuments of architecture and art. Established sometime around 200 BC and was abandoned in the 7th – 8th centuries AD. A hugely impressive monument of urban planning is the Avenue of the Dead. An exceptional structure is the Pyramid of the Sun – the third-largest ancient pyramid in the world. Height – 71,2 m. The Pyramid of the Moon is an older pyramid from 200 – 450 AD, 42 m high. The site contains numerous valuable murals.

Avenue of the Dead in Teotihuacan, Mexico
Avenue of the Dead in Teotihuacan, Mexico / Dennis Jarvis, / CC BY-SA 2.0

WorldViolet South America


Machu Picchu

8.8 out of 10 stars 88.1%


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 sometime around 1572.

Machu Picchu, Peru
Machu Picchu / Pedro Szekely, / CC BY-SA 2.0

Iguazu Falls (Salto de Iguaçu)

8.5 out of 10 stars 84.8%

Argentina / Brazil

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

Iguazu Falls from air. Brazil to the right, Argentina - to the left
Iguazu Falls from air. Brazil to the right, Argentina – to the left / Gorkaazk, Wikimedia Commons / CC BY 3.0

Angel Falls

7.7 out of 10 stars 76.5%


This is the tallest and one of the most spectacular waterfalls in the world, with a total height of 979 meters. It has the highest single drop (807 meters) in the world.

Angel Falls, Venezuela
Angel Falls / , Flickr / CC BY 2.0

Kaieteur Falls

7.1 out of 10 stars 71.0%


One of the most spectacular and powerful waterfalls in the world, combining a very high volume of water and a large height of fall. 226 m high free fall on Potaro River, total height – 251 m, volume up to 660 cubic meters per second.

Kaieteur Falls, Guyana
Kaieteur Falls, Guyana / , Flickr / CC BY 2.0

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