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For a list of the wonder pages for each game, see List of wonders.

Great Wonders (called Wonders in games where no distinctive adjective is necessary) are unique buildings that can be built by only one civilization. They have powerful effects but take a lot of time to build and may not always be worth the effort.

Great Wonders are the most typical type of wonder, present from the start of the series under the original title Wonders of the World. Only one "copy" of each Great Wonder can exist, and so they benefit only one nation. In the original Civilization game there are 21 Wonders, and many would lose their effect (i.e. are made obsolete) as soon as any civ discovers a specified new technology. In Civilization II there are 28.

In later games, Wonders grew more complex, with the addition of other special buildings similar in function. Civilization III and Civilization IV would distinguish the original one-per-world wonders as Great Wonders. This is because of the addition of Small Wonders in Civilization III, which can be built once by each civilization. These would later be known as National Wonders from Civilization IV onwards. C-evo has the same idea of National Wonders with its State Improvements.

Wonders in more than one gameEdit

Wonder Civilization Civilization 2 Civilization 3 Civilization 4 Civilization 5 Civilization 6
Adam Smith's Trading Company Absent Adam Smith's Trading Company Smith's Trading Company Absent Absent Absent
Alhambra Absent Absent Absent Absent Alhambra Alhambra
Angkor Wat Absent Absent Absent Angkor Wat Angkor Wat Angkor Wat
Apollo Program[1] Apollo Program Apollo Program Not a wonder Not a wonder Not a wonder Absent
Big Ben Absent Absent Absent Absent Big Ben Big Ben
Broadway Absent Absent Absent Broadway Broadway Broadway
Chichen Itza Absent Absent Absent Chichen Itza Chichen Itza Chichen Itza
Colosseum[2] Not a wonder Not a wonder Not a wonder Not a wonder Not a wonder Colosseum
Colossus Colossus Colossus Colossus Colossus Colossus Colossus
Copernicus' Observatory Copernicus' Observatory Copernicus' Observatory Copernicus' Observatory Absent Absent Absent
Cristo Redentor Absent Absent Absent Cristo Redentor Cristo Redentor Cristo Redentor
Cure for Cancer Cure for Cancer Cure for Cancer Cure for Cancer Absent Absent Absent
Darwin's Voyage Darwin's Voyage Darwin's Voyage Absent Absent Absent Absent
Eiffel Tower Absent Eiffel Tower Absent Eiffel Tower Renamed[3]
Eiffel Tower
Eiffel Tower
Forbidden Palace Absent Absent Not a wonder[4] Not a wonder[5] Forbidden Palace Forbidden City
Great Library Great Library Great Library Great Library Great Library Great Library Great Library
Great Wall Great Wall Great Wall Great Wall Great Wall Great Wall Not a wonder[6]
Hagia Sophia Absent Absent Absent Hagia Sophia Hagia Sophia Hagia Sophia
Hanging Gardens Hanging Gardens Hanging Gardens Hanging Gardens Hanging Gardens Hanging Gardens Hanging Gardens
Hoover Dam Hoover Dam Hoover Dam Hoover Dam Three Gorges Dam Three Gorges Dam Absent
Isaac Newton's College Isaac Newton's College Isaac Newton's College Newton's University Not a wonder[7] Not a wonder[8] Oxford University
J.S. Bach's Cathedral J.S. Bach's Cathedral J.S. Bach's Cathedral J.S. Bach's Cathedral Notre Dame Notre Dame Absent
Kremlin Absent Absent Absent Kremlin Kremlin Absent
Leonardo's Workshop Absent Leonardo's Workshop Leonardo's Workshop Absent Absent Absent
Lighthouse[9] Lighthouse Lighthouse Great Lighthouse Great Lighthouse Great Lighthouse Great Lighthouse
Macchu Picchu Absent Absent Absent Absent Machu Picchu Machu Picchu
Magellan's Expedition Magellan's Expedition Magellan's Expedition Magellan's Expedition Absent Absent Absent
Mahabodhi Temple Absent Absent Absent Mahabodhi[10] Absent Mahabodhi Temple
Manhattan Project Manhattan Project Manhattan Project Manhattan Project Manhattan Project Not a wonder[11] Not a wonder[12]
Mausoleum of Mausollos Absent Absent Mausoleum of Mausollos Mausoleum of Maussollos Mausoleum of Halicarnassus Mausoleum at Halicarnassus
Michelangelo's Chapel Michelangelo's Chapel Michelangelo's Chapel Sistine Chapel Sistine Chapel Sistine Chapel Absent
Oracle Oracle Oracle Oracle Oracle Oracle Oracle
Parthenon Absent Absent Absent Parthenon Parthenon Absent
Pentagon Absent Absent Not a wonder[13] Pentagon Pentagon Absent
Petra Absent Absent Absent Absent Petra Petra
Pyramids Pyramids Pyramids Pyramids Pyramids Pyramids Pyramids
SETI Program SETI Program SETI Program SETI Program Absent Absent Absent
Shakespeare's Theatre Shakespeare's Theatre Shakespeare's Theatre Shakespeare's Theatre Not a wonder[14] Globe Theatre Absent
Statue of Liberty Absent Statue of Liberty Absent Statue of Liberty Statue of Liberty Statue of Liberty
Statue of Zeus Absent Absent Statue of Zeus Statue of Zeus Statue of Zeus Absent
Stonehenge Absent Absent Absent Stonehenge Stonehenge Stonehenge
Sun Tzu's War Academy Absent Sun Tzu's War Academy Sun Tzu's Art of War Absent Absent Not a wonder[15]
Sydney Opera House Absent Absent Absent Absent Sydney Opera House Sydney Opera House
Taj Mahal Absent Absent Absent Taj Mahal Taj Mahal Taj Mahal
Temple of Artemis Absent Absent Temple of Artemis Temple of Artemis Temple of Artemis Temple of Artemis
The Internet Absent Absent The Internet The Internet[16] The Internet Absent
United Nations United Nations United Nations United Nations United Nations United Nations Absent
University of Sankore Absent Absent Absent University of Sankore Absent University of Sankore
Women's Suffrage Women's Suffrage Women's Suffrage Universal Suffrage Absent Not a wonder[17] Not a wonder[18]
  1. From Civilization III onward, the Apollo Program is no longer a Great Wonder.
  2. Prior to Civilization VI, the Colosseum was always a regular building.
  3. The previous version is renamed CN Tower and the Eiffel tower has a wholly new effect.
  4. The Forbidden Palace is a Small Wonder in this game.
  5. The Forbidden Palace is a National Wonder in this game.
  6. The Great Wall is China's unique improvement.
  7. Oxford University is a National Wonder in this game.
  8. Oxford University is a National Wonder in this game.
  9. From Civilization IV onward, the Lighthouse is a regular building found in every game.
  10. As a Shrine
  11. Manhattan Project is a Project, not a wonder
  12. Manhattan Project is a Project, not a wonder
  13. The Pentagon is a Small Wonder in this game.
  14. The Globe Theatre is a National Wonder in this game.
  15. Sun Tzu is a Great General and The Art of War is a Great Work.
  16. Has the same ability as Civilization III's Great Library.
  17. Universal Suffrage is a Tenet in this game
  18. Suffrage is a Civic in this game
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