Wonders of the World

Discover African World Wonders

Pyramids of Giza

Pyramids of Giza, Egypt

Situated on the desert’s edge near Cairo the Sphinx and the three pyramids at Giza, are a wonderment to man’s achievement.

The Great Pyramid of Giza is the oldest and largest of the three pyramids and is the oldest of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, and the only one to remain largely intact.

University of Al Quaraouiyine in Fez

University of Al Quaraouiyine in Fez, Morocco

The University of Al Quaraouiyine in Fez is thought to be the world's oldest university with its history dating back to the year 859 when it was orginally founded as a mosque. Originally built in a fairly simple style but has seen many changes and enlargements over the years with the Andalusian designs becoming prominent, as Spanish-Islamic styles became popular in Morocco.

The university today teaches Islamic religious and legal sciences with emphasis on classical Arabic grammar and is attended by students from all over Morocco, with some also coming from further abroad.

Discover Asian World Wonders

  • Taj Mahal in India

    Taj Mahal, India

    With construction completed around 1632, the Taj Mahal was built by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his third wife. In 1983, the Taj Mahal became a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is recognised as a masterpiece in Muslim architecture. Situated in a rural setting the Taj Mahal is a must see for any traveller.

  • Ancient city of Bagan

    Ancient city of Bagan, Myanmar

    Formerly known as Pagan, Bagan is an ancient city situated in the Mandalay Division of Burma. The ruins of Bagan total around 2,200 buildings covering 16 sq. miles of a flat rural landscape.

  • Ruins of Angkor Wat, Ta Prohm and Bayon

    Ruins of Angkor Wat, Ta Prohm & Bayon, Cambodia

    Situated among forest and farmland near Siem Reap the ruins of Angkor number over a thousand. Now a UNESCO World Heritage Site many of the temples at Angkor have been restored to their original splendour.

  • Ancient city of Bhaktapur

    Ancient city of Bhaktapur, Nepal

    Listed as a World Heritage site by UNESCO, Bhaktapur is an ancient town located in the Kathmandu Valley and was once the capital of Nepal up until the 15th century. Bhaktapur is famed for its temples and its intricate metal, wood and stone carvings.

  • Borobudur Temple in Indonesia

    Borobudur Temple, Indonesia

    Borobudur is a perfectly preserved 9th century Mahayana Buddhist temple situated near Magelang, Central Java, Indonesia. Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site the temple comprises six square platforms topped by three circular platforms, and decorated with over 2600 relief panels and over 500 Buddha statues.

  • Nijo castle located in Kyoto, Japan

    Ancient city of Nara, Japan

    Nara is an ancient capital city in the Kansai region of Japan, with Kyoto the more popular of the two neighbouring the city. Both destinations have a large number of superb temples and Zen gardens overlooked by modern Japan.

  • The Great Wall of China

    The Great Wall of China

    Stretching from Shanhaiguan in the east, to Lop Lake in the west the Great Wall of China is truly a masterful piece of engineering, measuring over 5,500 miles in length. If you have the time the wall offers some fabulous walks allowing you to admire the scenery as well as this timeless piece of world history.

Discover North American World Wonders

Pyramid of Chichen Itza in Mexico

Chichen Itza, Mexico

Chichen Itza is a large pre-Columbian archaeological site built by the Maya civilisation and located in the northern centre of the Yucatan Peninsula.

Dominated by a huge pyramid, the site exhibits a multitude of architectural styles.

Occupying an area of 4 square miles (10 square km), Chichen Itza was one of the largest Maya cities and is one of the most visited archaeological sites in Mexico with over 2.6 million tourists annually.

University of Al Quaraouiyine in Fez

Mount Rushmore National Memorial, USA

Mount Rushmore National Memorial is a colossal sculpture carved into the granite face of Mount Rushmore in the Black Hills in Keystone, South Dakota. The majestic figures of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln, tell the story of the birth, growth, development and preservation of the United States of America.

Sometimes referred to as the "Shrine of Democracy", the monument was created between the years 1927 to 1941 by sculptor Gutzon Borglum with the help of his son, Lincoln Borglum and attracts more than two million visitors annually.

Discover South American World Wonders

Machu Picchu in Peru

Machu Picchu, Peru

Built around 1450 Machu Picchu was built in the classical Inca style and was abandoned some 100 years later. Built on a hilltop surrounded by mountains you can either take the train to the top or undertake several days trekking to reach the site.

Declared a World Heritage Site in 1983, restoration work is still on-going.

Las Lajas Sanctuary in Colombia

Las Lajas Sanctuary, Colombia

One of the most outstanding architectural monuments in the world is a Roman Catholic basilica, near the Colombian city of Ipiales.

The National Shrine Basilica of Our Lady of Las Lajas, commonly called Las Lajas Shrine is a basilica church built inside the canyon of the Guáitara River.

The Moai figures of Rapa Nui on Easter Island

Rapa Nui National Park, Easter Islands, Chile

Rapa Nui National Park is a national park and UNESCO World Heritage Site located on Easter Island, Chile. The Moai are monolithic human figures carved from rock between the years 1250 and 1500.

In total there are 887 statues situated around the island’s perimeter and honour the Polynesian people and their seafaring capabilities.

Discover Middle Eastern World Wonders

The Monastery carved into a mountain in Petra, Jordan

The monastery in the mountain, Petra, Jordan

Undiscovered by the Western world until 1812, Petra is famous for its architecture cut into the rock face of Mount Hor. Built around 6th Century BC as the capital city of the Nabataeans, Petra became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1985 and is a testament to mankind.

Unlike anything else on earth, Petra is Jordan’s main tourist attraction and shouldn’t go unmissed.

City of Isfahan in Iran

The city of Isfahan, Iran

Located on the main north-south and east-west routes crossing Iran, Isfahan was once one of the largest cities in the world.

Famed for its Islamic architecture including palaces, mosques and wonderful boulevards, the Naghsh-e Jahan Square is one of the biggest city squares in the world and has been designated as a World Heritage Site.

Discover European World Wonders

  • Stonehenge in Salibury, England

    Stonehenge, England

    Situated just over an hour’s drive from London, Stonehenge is a prehistoric monument dating from 2100 BC. The stone circle is one of the wonders of the world and the best-known prehistoric monument in Europe. Stonehenge has been a legally protected Scheduled Ancient Monument since 1882 and was added to UNESCO's list of World Heritage Sites in 1986. Today, you can tour the site and marvel at the huge engineering feat it took to build this monument with simple tools and technologies.

  • Cappadocia, Turkey

    Cappadocia, Turkey

    Cappadocia lies in central Anatolia, in the heartland of what is now Turkey. Cappadocia is a natural wonder of pointy rocks known as “fairy chimneys” which are tall, cone-shaped rock formations that stretch from Mount Taurus to the Black Sea. Many homes have been built into the rocks by Christians in years gone by. Other sites include Bronze Age homes carved into valley walls by troglodytes (cave dwellers) and later used as refuges by early Christians. Today, the area is popular with tourist due to its unique geological, historic, and cultural features.

  • The Colosseum in Italy

    The Colosseum, Italy

    The Colosseum is the largest amphitheatre built during the Roman Empire. Construction of the Colosseum began in the year 72 under the empire of Vespasian and was finished in the year 80 during the rule of the emperor Titus. Also known then as Flavian Amphitheatre, the Roman Colosseum allowed more than 50,000 people to enjoy its finest spectacles of gladiator fights, executions and animal hunts. Whilst today over over 6 million people visit this Italian icon yearly.

  • Church on the Blood in Russia

    Church of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ, Russia

    The Church of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ is known by several other names, the Church on the Blood or the Church of the Savior on the Spilled Blood and marks the spot where Alexander II was fatally wounded in an assassination attempt on March 1, 1881. Designed by Alfred Parland in the style of 16th and 17th-century Russian churches, construction began in 1883 and contains more than 7500 sq. meters of mosaics that depicts Alexander II's murder with the crucifixion more than any other Church in the world.

Discover Central American World Wonders

Tikal in Guatemala

Mayan ruins of Tikal, Guatemala

Tikal is one of the largest Mayan pyramid group and urban centres of the pre-Columbian Maya civilisation. The ancient structure is part of Guatemala’s Tikal National Park and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The site dates back as far as the 4th Century BC and dominated much of the region.

The Copan Ruinas located in Honduras

Copán Ruinas, Honduras

Discovered in 1570 by Diego García de Palacio, Copán is an archaeological site of the Maya civilization in the Copán Department of western Honduras and is one of the most important sites of the Mayan civilization.

Copán was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1980 and receives around 150,000 visitors annually. The entrance fee to visit Copan and Las Sepulturas is $15. The Museum of Mayan Sculpture has a separate entrance fee of $7.

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