Wonders of the World
Learn fun facts about some famous wonders of the world and put them on your travel list. Where have you been? Where will you go next?
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created January 31, 2017
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World Wonders in History
Understanding historical context is always helpful for you to learn about world wonders. In this game, please match each world wonder with the corresponding historical period during its construction.
World Wonders and Continents
Do you like traveling? Where are these world wonders located? Let's find out!
Guess the World Wonder
How much do you know about why these wonders of the world were built? Can you type each wonder's name quickly based on its location and the purpose of its construction? Let's give it a try!
Be a Good Archaeologist
An archaeologist can quickly spot the wrong match among the sets of information provided in this game. Interested in Archaeology? Are you ready to test your skills?
Which One Is Older?
Do you know which world wonder was built earlier based on its year of construction?
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|Wonder||Picture||Location||Continent||Year of Construction||Historical Period||Original Purpose|
|Great Pyramid of Giza||Giza Necropolis, Egypt||Africa||2560 BC||Fourth Dynasty of Egypt||It was built as a tomb for the Egyptian Pharaoh Khufu.|
|Stonehenge||Amesbury, United Kingdom||Europe||2400 BC||Neolithic Age and Bronze Age||It might have been built as a burial ground from its earliest beginnings.|
|Abu Simbel Temples||Aswan Governorate, Egypt||Africa||1264 BC||Nineteenth Dynasty of Egypt||They were originally constructed during the reign of Pharaoh Ramesses II to commemorate his victory at the Battle of Kadesh.|
|Great Wall||China||Asia||700 BC||From the Spring and Autumn Period to Ming Dynasty||It was built as a series of fortifications to protect China against the raids and invasions of the various nomadic groups of the Eurasian Steppe.|
|Acropolis of Athens||Athens, Greece||Europe||447 BC||Golden Age of Athens||It was built as a citadel (the core fortified area of a city) located on an extremely rocky outcrop above the city of Athens.|
|Petra||Ma'an Governorate, Jordan||Asia||312 BC||Indigenous Rule in Early Antiquity||It was established as the capital city of the Arab Nabataeans.|
|Terracotta Army||Xi'an, Shaanxi, China||Asia||246 BC||Qin Dynasty||It was buried with the emperor as a form of funerary art to protect him in his afterlife.|
|Colosseum||Rome, Italy||Europe||80 AD||Flavian Dynasty of the Roman Empire||It was built as an amphitheatre for entertainment.|
|Hagia Sophia||Istanbul, Turkey||Europe||537 AD||Byzantine Empire||It was originally built as an Eastern Orthodox cathedral, but later it was converted to a Catholic cathedral, and then into an imperial mosque.|
|Chichen Itza||Yucatán, Mexico||North America||600 AD||Late Classic to Early Postclassic Period of the Maya Civilization||It was one of the largest cities built by the Maya people.|
|Angkor Wat||Angkor, Cambodia||Asia||1113 AD||Khmer Empire||It was originally built as a Hindu temple of god Vishnu, but later it gradually transformed into a Buddhist temple.|
|Leaning Tower of Pisa||Pisa, Italy||Europe||1173 AD||Italian City-States in the Middle Ages||It was built as a freestanding bell tower of the cathedral.|
|Moai||Easter Island, Chile||Oceania||1250 AD||Pre-European Contact||The statues were carved to represent deceased ancestors, powerful living or former chiefs, and important lineage status symbols.|
|Timbuktu||Timbuktu, Mali||Africa||1327 AD||Mali Empire||It was a permanent settlement in West Africa that flourished from the trade in salt, gold, ivory, and slaves.|
|Alhambra||Granada, Spain||Europe||1333 AD||Nasrid Dynasty of Granada||It was built as a palace and fortress complex.|
|Machu Picchu||Cuzco Region, Peru||South America||1450 AD||Inca Empire||It was probably built as an estate for the Inca emperor Pachacuti.|
|Red Square||Moscow, Russia||Europe||1561 AD||Tsardom of Russia||The square was meant to serve as Moscow's main marketplace as well as the site of various public ceremonies and proclamations.|
|Kiyomizu-dera||Kyoto, Japan||Asia||1633 AD||Heian Period||It was built as an independent Buddhist temple.|
|Taj Mahal||Agra, Uttar Pradesh, India||Asia||1643 AD||Mughal Empire||It was commissioned by the Mughal emperor, Shah Jahan, to house the tomb of his favourite wife, Mumtaz Mahal.|
|Potala Palace||Lhasa, Tibet, China||Asia||1645 AD||Ganden Phodrang||Overlaying the remains of an earlier fortress, the palace was originally built as a seat of government for Dalai Lama.|
|Neuschwanstein Castle||Füssen, Germany||Europe||1869 AD||German Empire||It was a palace commissioned by Ludwig II of Bavaria as a retreat and as a homage to Richard Wagner.|
|Statue of Liberty||New York City, United States||North America||1886 AD||19th Century United States||It was a gift to the United States from the people of France.|
|Eiffel Tower||Paris, France||Europe||1887 AD||French Third Republic||It was constructed as the entrance to the 1889 Exposition Universelle, a world fair to celebrate the centennial of the French Revolution.|
|Christ the Redeemer||Rio de Janeiro, Brazil||South America||1931 AD||First Brazilian Republic||The building of the statue was proposed by the Catholic Circle of Rio, who perceived the society at the time as "Godlessness".|
|Sydney Opera House||Sydney, Australia||Oceania||1959 AD||20th Century Australia||It was built as a suitable venue for large theatrical productions.|