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In addition to Buildings, Civilization IV also contains Wonders, which are unique structures that have high production costs, but provide additional gold, culture, or other potent benefits when completed.

While National Wonders are restricted to one per civilization, Great/World Wonders are restricted to one per game. In addition, there are also Projects, which have effects similar to Wonders.


Great Wonders[]

Great (or World) Wonders can only be built once per game.


Building Requirements Effects
Stonehenge Stonehenge Mysticism
Oracle Oracle Priesthood
Pyramids Pyramids Masonry
Temple of Artemis Temple of Artemis Polytheism
Great Wall Great Wall Masonry
Great Lighthouse Great Lighthouse Sailing, Masonry, Lighthouse, coastal Coast (Civ4).png cities


Building Requirements Effects
Chichen Itza Chichen Itza Code of Laws
Colossus Colossus Metal Casting, Forge
Great Library Great Library Literature, Library
Hanging Gardens Hanging Gardens Mathematics, Aqueduct
Mausoleum of Maussollos Mausoleum of Maussollos Calendar
Parthenon Parthenon Aesthetics, Polytheism
Shwedagon Paya Shwedagon Paya Aesthetics, Meditation
Statue of Zeus Statue of Zeus Aesthetics, Monument


Building Requirements Effects
Angkor Wat Angkor Wat Philosophy
Apostolic Palace Apostolic Palace Theology, state religion present in city
  • 4 Culture (Civ4).png
  • 2 Great Prophet GreatPerson4.png
  • Allows Apostolic Palace elections
  • Guarantees eligibility for voting
  • +2 Hammer (Civ4).png for every religious building of AP religion Religion4.png
Hagia Sophia Hagia Sophia Theology
Notre Dame Notre Dame Engineering
Sistine Chapel Sistine Chapel Music
Spiral Minaret Spiral Minaret Divine Right
University of Sankore University of Sankore Paper
Versailles Versailles Divine Right


Building Requirements Effects
Statue of Liberty Statue of Liberty Democracy
Taj Mahal Taj Mahal Nationalism


Building Requirements Effects
Broadway Broadway Electricity
Kremlin Kremlin Communism
Pentagon Pentagon Assembly Line


Building Requirements Effects
Cristo Redentor Cristo Redentor Radio
Eiffel Tower Eiffel Tower Radio, Forge
Hollywood Hollywood Mass Media
Rock 'n' Roll Rock 'n' Roll Radio
Three Gorges Dam Three Gorges Dam Plastics, riverside River (Civ4).png city
United Nations United Nations Mass Media
Space Elevator Space Elevator Satellites, Robotics

In addition to these, the Religious Shrines could also be counted as Great Wonders.

National Wonders[]

National Wonders can be built one per civilization.


Building Requirements Effects
Palace Palace 6 cities
  • 2 Culture (Civ4).png
  • Makes this city your capital CapitalGold4.png
  • Reduces maintenance CommerceRed4.png in nearby cities
  • +1 Happiness (Civ4).png Happiness
  • +4 Espionage (Civ4).png Espionage
  • +8 Coin (Civ4).png Commerce
Moai Statues Moai Statues Sailing, one coastal city


Building Requirements Effects
Forbidden Palace Forbidden Palace 6 Courthouses, 8 cities
  • 4 Culture (Civ4).png
  • 1 Great Spy GreatPerson4.png
  • Reduces maintenance CommerceRed4.png in nearby cities
Globe Theatre Globe Theatre Drama, 6 Theaters
Heroic Epic Heroic Epic Literature, Barracks
  • 4 Culture (Civ4).png
  • 1 Great Artist GreatPerson4.png
  • +100% military unit production in this city
National Epic National Epic Literature, Library


Building Requirements Effects
Hermitage Hermitage Nationalism
Oxford University Oxford University Education, 6 Universities
Wall Street Wall Street Corporation (technology), 6 Banks
West Point West Point Military Tradition, 1 level-six unit
  • 1 Great Spy GreatPerson4.png
  • New military units in this city receive +4 experience points


Building Requirements Effects
Ironworks Ironworks Steel, 6 Forges
Mt. Rushmore Mt. Rushmore Fascism
National Park National Park Biology
Red Cross Red Cross Medicine, 6 Hospitals


Main article: Religious shrine (Civ4)

All shrines require a Great Prophet plus their respective religion and have the following effects:

  • +1 Coins (Civ4).png per city with the religion
  • Spreads the religion
  • Can turn 3 citizens into Priests

Shrines are the ultimate building of their religion. They can be built alongside Cathedrals, Monasteries and Temples.

Religion Shrine
Buddhism (Civ4).png Buddhism Mahabodhi Mahabodhi
Christianity (Civ4).png Christianity Church of the Nativity Church of the Nativity
Confucianism (Civ4).png Confucianism Kong Miao Kong Miao
Hinduism (Civ4).png Hinduism Kashi Vishwanath Kashi Vishwanath
Islam (Civ4).png Islam Masjid Al-Haram Masjid Al-Haram
Judaism (Civ4).png Judaism Temple of Solomon Temple of Solomon
Taoism (Civ4).png Taoism Dai Miao Dai Miao


Projects adhere to the same construction rules as Wonders except that they cannot be hurried.

All Projects are unlocked by modern-era technologies, with the exception of The Manhattan Project, which is unlocked by Fission, an industrial-era technology.

World Projects[]

Just like World Wonders, they can only be built once per game.

Project Requirements Effects
The Internet The Internet Computers
  • Grants all technologies held by at least 2 known civilizations

National Projects[]

Just like National Wonders, these can only be built one per civilization.

Project Requirements Effects
The Manhattan Project The Manhattan Project Fission
SDI SDI Laser, The Manhattan Project
  • 75% chance of intercepting nukes.
Apollo Program Apollo Program Rocketry
  • Enables Spaceship parts (if you have their required technologies)

Spaceship parts[]

After the Apollo Program is completed, each Spaceship (SS) part will be unlocked by one modern technology.

Part Technology Number required
SS Casing SS Casing Composites 1-5
SS Cockpit SS Cockpit Fiber Optics 1
SS Docking Bay SS Docking Bay Satellites, Robotics 1
SS Engine SS Engine Fusion 1-2
SS Life Support SS Life Support Ecology 1
SS Stasis Chamber SS Stasis Chamber Genetics 1
SS Thrusters SS Thrusters Superconductors 1-5