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A Wonder is a mega-building, which may be unique in the world, and provides exceptional bonuses. All Wonders are inspired by real-world buildings and landmarks. Note that the effect of each wonder only applies to the civilization controlling the city where it is built; also, many Wonders have on-build effects which won't activate again if another civilization captures their city. 

Besides their main unique bonuses, most Wonders produce additional benefits such as Gold Gold or Faith Faith, and all of them produce at least 1 Culture Culture. All of these stat bonuses apply directly to the city where the Wonder is built (if applicable). Also, most Wonders produce Great People Points of some kind - check their info blocks for the details.

This page lists all World and National Wonders available in Civilization V, as well as Projects.

In Brave New World, some of the wonders can now be built only after adopting a certain policy tree or ideology. For example, to build the Forbidden Palace, the Patronage policy tree must have been started.

World Wonders[]

Only one of these can exist in the world. If multiple civilizations would complete it on the same turn, whichever civilization that is earliest in turn order will build that wonder.

Ancient Era[]

Wonder Requirements Production Production Effects
Great Library Great Library Writing Writing 185
  • +3 Science Science
  • 1 free Technology
  • Provides a free Library in the City where the Wonder was built;
  • +1 GPP GreatPeople5.png towards Great Scientist
  • BNW-only.png Has 2 slots for Great Works of Writing
Mausoleum of Halicarnassus Mausoleum of Halicarnassus[1] Masonry Masonry 185
  • +2 Gold Gold for each source of Marble or Stone worked by this City
  • 100 Gold Gold for each Great Person expended
  • +1 GPP GreatPeople5.png towards Great Merchant
Pyramids Pyramids Masonry Masonry
BNW-only.png Liberty tree unlocked
185
  • Tile improvement construction speed increased by 25%
  • 2 Workers appear near the City
  • +1 GPP GreatPeople5.png towards Great Engineers
Statue of Zeus Statue of Zeus[1] Bronze Working Bronze Working
BNW-only.png Honor tree unlocked
185
  • All units gain +15% Melee strength Combat Strength when attacking cities
Stonehenge Stonehenge Calendar Calendar 185
  • Vanilla +6 Culture Culture
  • GodsKings5 clear.png and BNW-only.png +5 Faith Faith
  • +1 GPP GreatPeople5.png towards Great Engineers
Temple of Artemis Temple of Artemis[1] Archery Archery 185
  • +10% Food Growth in all cities
  • +15% Production Production of ranged units
  • +1 GPP GreatPeople5.png towards Great Engineer

Classical Era[]

Wonder Requirements Production Production Effects
Colossus Colossus Iron Working Iron Working
Must be built on a coastal city
185
  • Vanilla +1 Gold Gold from water tiles worked by this City
  • BNW-only.png +5 Gold Gold
  • BNW-only.png Provides an additional Trade route slot
  • BNW-only.png A free Cargo Ship appears in the City
  • BNW-only.png Trade routes other players make to this city will generate an extra 2 Gold Gold for the city owner and the trade route owner gains an additional 1 Gold Gold for the trade route
  • +1 GPP GreatPeople5.png towards Great Merchant
Great Lighthouse Great Lighthouse Optics Optics
Must be built on a coastal city
185
  • All military naval units receive +1 Movement Movement and +1 Sight
  • Provides a free Lighthouse in the City where the Wonder was built
  • +1 GPP GreatPeople5.png towards Great Merchant.
Great Wall Great Wall Engineering Engineering 250
  • Enemy land units must spend 1 extra movement point when inside your territory;
  • Provides a free Walls in the City where the Wonder was built;
  • +1 GPP GreatPeople5.png towards Great Engineer
Hanging Gardens Hanging Gardens Mathematics Mathematics
BNW-only.png Tradition tree unlocked
250
  • Vanilla +10 Food Food
  • GodsKings5 clear.png and BNW-only.png +6 Food Food
  • GodsKings5 clear.png and BNW-only.png Provides a free Garden in the City where the Wonder was built
Oracle Oracle Philosophy Philosophy 250
Parthenon ParthenonBNW-only.png Drama and Poetry Drama and Poetry 250
  • Contains a Great Work slot, filled with a pre-built Great Work of Art.  
  • +4 Culture Culture
Petra PetraGodsKings5 clear.png Currency Currency
City must be built on or adjacent to desert
250
Terracotta Army Terracotta ArmyGodsKings5 clear.png Construction Construction 250
  • +6 (BNW-only.png +1) Culture Culture
  • BNW-only.png Creates a copy of each type of military land unit the civilization currently owns

Medieval Era[]

Wonder Requirements Production Production Effects
Alhambra AlhambraGodsKings5 clear.png Chivalry Chivalry 400
  • Provides newly trained non-air units built in the City the Drill I promotion
  • Provides a free Castle in the City where the Wonder was built
  • +20% Culture Culture in the City where the Wonder was built
  • +1 GPP GreatPeople5.png towards Great Artists (BNW-only.png No longer applies)
Angkor Wat Angkor Wat Education Education 400
  • Culture Culture and Gold Gold cost of acquiring new tiles reduced by 25% in all cities
  • +1 GPP GreatPeople5.png towards Great Engineer
Borobudur BorobudurBNW-only.png Theology Theology
Must be built on a Holy City
300
Chichen Itza Chichen Itza Civil Service Civil Service 300
  • +4 20xHappiness5.png Happiness
  • Length of Golden Ages increased by 50%
  • +1 GPP GreatPeople5.png towards Great Engineers
Great Mosque of Djenne Great Mosque of DjenneGodsKings5 clear.png Theology Theology
BNW-only.png Piety tree unlocked
300
  • +5 Faith Faith
  • All missionaries from this city may spread a religion 3 times instead of 2
  • Provides a free Mosque in the City where the Wonder was built
  • +1 GPP GreatPeople5.png towards Great Engineer
Hagia Sophia Hagia Sophia Theology Theology 300
  • Vanilla +25% generation of Great People in all cities
  • GodsKings5 clear.png +3 Faith Faith
  • GodsKings5 clear.png Generates a Great Prophet
  • GodsKings5 clear.png Provides a free Temple in the City where the Wonder was built
Machu Picchu Machu Picchu Guilds Guilds
City must be built within 2 tiles of a mountain that is inside your territory
300
Notre Dame Notre Dame Physics Physics 400

Renaissance Era[]

Wonder Requirements Production Production Effects
Forbidden Palace Forbidden Palace Banking Banking
BNW-only.png Patronage tree unlocked
500
  • Unhappiness (Civ5).png Unhappiness from number of citizens in non-occupied cities reduced by 10%
  • BNW-only.png Grants 2 additional Delegates for the World Congress
Globe Theatre Globe TheatreBNW-only.png Printing Press Printing Press 500
  • A Great Writer appears near the City where the Wonder was built
  • Contains 2 slots for Great Works of Writing
Himeji Castle Himeji Castle Gunpowder Gunpowder 500
  • +15% Melee strength Combat Strength for units fighting in friendly territory
  • Provides a free Castle in the City where the Wonder was built
  • +2 GPP GreatPeople5.png towards Great Engineers
Leaning Tower of Pisa Leaning Tower of PisaGodsKings5 clear.png Printing Press Printing Press 500
  • +25% boost to Great People generation in all cities
  • A free Great Person of your choice appears near the Capital Capital
Porcelain Tower Porcelain Tower Architecture Architecture
BNW-only.png Rationalism tree unlocked
625
  • A free Great Scientist appears near the City where the Wonder was built
  • 50% more Science Science from research agreements
  • +2 GPP GreatPeople5.png towards Great Scientists
Red Fort Red FortBNW-only.png Metallurgy Metallurgy 625
  • Provides +12 Defense to the City where the Wonder was built
  • Defensive Buildings in all Cities are 25% more effective
  • +1 GPP GreatPeople5.png towards Great Scientists
Sistine Chapel Sistine Chapel Acoustics Acoustics 500
  • +25% Culture Culture in all Cities
  • BNW-only.png Also has 2 slots for Great Works of Art
Taj Mahal Taj Mahal Architecture Architecture 625
Uffizi Uffizi Architecture Architecture
Aesthetics tree unlocked
625
  • A free Great Artist appears near the City where the Wonder was built
  • Contains 3 slots for Great Works of Art

Industrial Era[]

Wonder Requirements Production Production Effects
Big Ben Big Ben Industrialization Industrialization
BNW-only.png Commerce tree unlocked
750
  • +4 Gold Gold
  • Cost of Gold Gold purchasing in all cities reduced by 15%
  • +2 GPP GreatPeople5.png towards Great Merchants
Brandenburg Gate Brandenburg Gate Military Science Military Science 750
  • A Great General appears near the Capital Capital
  • +15 experience for all new units built in the City this wonder was built
  • +2 GPP GreatPeople5.png towards Great Scientists
Louvre Louvre Archaeology Archaeology
BNW-only.png Exploration tree unlocked
750
  • Vanilla 2 Great Artists appear near the Capital Capital
  • BNW-only.png A free Great Artist appears near the City where the Wonder was built
  • BNW-only.png Contains 4 slots for Great Works of Art

Modern Era[]

Wonder Requirements Production Production Effects
Broadway BroadwayBNW-only.png Radio Radio 1060
  • A free Great Musician appears near the City where the Wonder was built
  • Contains 3 slots for Great Works of Music
Eiffel Tower Eiffel Tower Radio Radio 1060
Kremlin Kremlin Railroad Railroad
BNW-only.png Order
500 (Vanilla)
625 (GodsKings5 clear.png)
1060 (BNW-only.png)
  • Vanilla and GodsKings5 clear.png Provides +12 Defense to the City where the Wonder was built
  • Vanilla and GodsKings5 clear.png Defensive Buildings in all Cities are 25% more effective
  • BNW-only.png +50% Production Production when constructing Armor units
  • BNW-only.png 1 free Social Policy
  • +1 GPP GreatPeople5.png towards Great Scientist (BNW-only.png No longer applies)
Neuschwanstein NeuschwansteinGodsKings5 clear.png Railroad Railroad
City must be built within 2 tiles of a mountain that is inside your territory
1060
Prora ProraBNW-only.png Flight Flight
Autocracy
Must be built on a coastal city
1060
Statue of Liberty Statue of Liberty Replaceable Parts Replaceable Parts
BNW-only.png Freedom
1060
Cristo Redentor Cristo Redentor Plastics Plastics 1250

Atomic Era[]

Wonder Requirements Production Production Effects
Great Firewall Great FirewallGodsKings5 clear.png Computers Computers 1250
  • 99.9% reduction in enemy spy effectiveness in the City where the Wonder was built
  • 25% reduction in enemy spy effectiveness for all other cities
  • BNW-only.png Negates the Tourism Tourism bonus other civilizations receive from The Internet technology
Pentagon Pentagon Combined Arms Combined Arms 1250
  • Gold Gold cost of upgrading military units reduced by 33%
  • +2 GPP GreatPeople5.png towards Great Merchants
Sydney Opera House Sydney Opera House Ecology Ecology
Must be built on a coastal city
1250
  • +50% Culture Culture in the City where the Wonder was built
  • 1 free Social Policy
  • BNW-only.png Containd 2 slots for Great Work of Music

Information Era[]

Wonder Requirements Production Production Effects
CN Tower CN TowerGodsKings5 clear.png Telecommunications Telecommunications 1250
Hubble Space Telescope Hubble Space TelescopeGodsKings5 clear.png Satellites Satellites 1250
  • 2 free Great Scientists appear near the City where the Wonder was built
  • +25% Production Production when building Spaceship Parts
  • Provides a free Spaceship Factory in the City where the Wonder was built
  • +1 GPP GreatPeople5.png towards Great Scientist

Other[]

Wonder Requirements Production Production Effects
International Space Station International Space StationBNW-only.png Satellites Satellites Varies
  • +1 Production Production from every Scientist (Civ5).png Scientist
  • +1 Science Science from every Engineer (Civ5).png Engineer
  • Great Scientists provide 33% more Science Science when used to discover new technology
  • Cannot be built, only given to the Civilization that has contributed the most Production to its construction, after its construction has been voted for in the World Congress
United Nations United Nations Globalization Globalization 1000
  • Triggers voting for a Diplomatic Victory (Cannot be built in BNW-only.png)

National Wonders[]

These are special wonders which can only be built once a certain building has been built in all cities the civilization controls directly (that is, excluding Puppet cities). Only one of these can exist in a single civilization, but each civilization can build one for itself (so, there is no competition here). Note that the Palace cannot be built: it is automatically built when a civilization's first city is founded. The Grand Temple must be built in a Holy City.

Wonder Required building Effect
Circus Maximus Circus Maximus Colosseum Colosseum +5 20xHappiness5.png Happiness
East India Company East India Company (BNW-only.png) Market Market Trade routes sent to this city generate +4 Gold Gold and the owners of the trade routes gain +2 Gold Gold
Grand Temple Grand Temple (GodsKings5 clear.png) Temple Temple +8 Faith Faith. Doubles religious pressure emanating from this city. Must be built in holy city
Hermitage Hermitage Opera House Opera House +50% Culture Culture gain (BNW-only.png Also has 3 slots for Great Works of Art)
Heroic Epic Heroic Epic Barracks Barracks Provides +15% greater Melee strength Combat Strength to all units built in this city (BNW-only.png Also has 1 slot for Great Work of Writing)
Ironworks Ironworks Workshop Workshop +8 Production Production
National College National College Library Library +3 Science Science and +50% Science Science
National Epic National Epic Monument Monument +25% Great Person generation rate in this city (BNW-only.png Also has 1 slot for Great Work of Writing)
National Intelligence Agency National Intelligence Agency (GodsKings5 clear.png) Police Station Police Station Promotes all existing spies and grants an extra spy. Reduces the effectiveness of enemy spies by 15%
National Treasury National Treasury Market Market +8 Gold Gold (BNW-only.png Replaced by East India Company)
National Visitor Center National Visitor Center (BNW-only.png) Hotel Hotel 100% Culture Culture from World Wonders, National Wonders, and Culture Culture-generating Improvements is added to the Tourism Tourism output of this city. +100% Tourism Tourism output from Great Works in this city
Oxford University Oxford University University University +3 Science Science and 1 free Technology (BNW-only.png Also has 2 slots for Great Works of Writing)
Palace Palace - +3 Production Production, Science Science, and Gold Gold. Provides +2 City Combat Strength. Marks Capital Capital (BNW-only.png Also has 1 slot for Great Work of Art)

Guilds[]

In Brave New World, three guilds were introduced. They are actually a mix between a building and a national wonder, in that they don't need a prerequisite building in every city, but only one of each can exist in a single civilization. Since they're the only means for producing Great Writers, Great Artists and Great Musicians, the urgency of their building will depend on a civilization's victory strategy.

Projects[]

These late-game projects grant a civilization a powerful ability once finished. They cannot be rushed using Great Engineers (except for spaceship parts if a civilization is using the Order Ideology).

  • Apollo Program Apollo Program: Begins the race to construct the parts listed below.
    • SS Booster SS Booster: One of the parts required to trigger a Science Victory. Unlike other parts, 3 of these are required. Multiple cities can produce one at once, but no more than 3 can be built.
    • SS Cockpit SS Cockpit: One of the parts required to trigger a Science Victory.
    • SS Engine SS Engine: One of the parts required to trigger a Science Victory.
    • SS Stasis Chamber SS Stasis Chamber: One of the parts required to trigger a Science Victory.
  • Manhattan Project Manhattan Project: Grants the civilization finishing it the ability to construct nuclear warheads.
  • Utopia Project Utopia Project: Grants the civilization finishing it a Cultural Victory (Cannot be built in BNW).

International Projects[]

Main article: International Project (Civ5)

These projects are a new feature in Brave New World. Unlike normal projects, they may only be proposed during the World Congress. If the proposition passes, the projects can be undertaken by all civilizations simultaneously. Each International Project grants prizes depending on how much the civilization was involved, based upon the Production contributed towards the project. Only the civilization that contributed the highest amount of production will get the first prize, whereas every civilization that contributed the stated amount or above will get second and third prizes. Each project may be undertaken/completed only once.

Unused Wonders[]

  • Panama Canal: The painting and the icon remain. The painting can randomly appear as the initial loading screen in vanilla.
  • Three Gorges Dam: The painting and the icon remain. Possibly because if it were to be included in game, like Machu Picchu and Neuschwanstein, it would have required a certain tile. In this case, it might have been a lake with a river connected to it, making it rather difficult to obtain. Its quote was going to be:
"The people turn to a benevolent ruler as water flows downwards and as wild beasts fly to the wilderness."
- Mencius
"One of the hallmarks of a great nation is its ability to rise through its feet after a fall."

GodsKings5 clear.png Valid only in the Gods & Kings expansion pack.

BNW-only.png Valid only in the Brave New World expansion pack.

Civilization V [edit]
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