Which Age of Empires "Wonders" have you visited IRL?

I'll start! I've been to
>Armenians: Etchmiadzin Cathedral
>Byzantines: Hagia Sophia
>Chinese: Temple of Heaven
>Khmer: Angkor Wat
>Lithuanians: Trakai Castle
>Poles: Wawel Cathedral
>Portuguese: Belem Tower
>Slavs: Kizhi Pogost
>Spanish: Torre del Oro
I also visited Georgia but sadly didn't stop at Mtskheta.
Which have you ticked off, SighSee? I hope to eventually see them all

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  1. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    >Hassan Tower
    >Powder Tower
    >Brussels Town Hall
    >Hagia Sophia
    >St. Vitus Cathedral
    >Svetishkhoveli Cathedral
    >Arch of Constantine
    >Todai-Ji
    >Angkor Wat
    >Trakai Island Castle
    >Wawel Cathedral
    >Belem Tower
    >Colosseum
    >Torre del Oro
    Some pretty odd choices here and there for the wonders, but I approve a fellow video game autist. I run a similar checklist with the Civilization series.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      Yeah I have no idea why they chose some muslim built watchtower for Spanish as opposed to one of the many great castles, palaces or cathedrals that were actually built by the civ.

  2. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Is it just me or do human-built "wonders" not feel impressive
    Was just at the Hagia Sophia, it felt orders of magnitude less impressive than Fuji, just from a tourist perspective. Would be cool to go there every week to worship, of course, but I don't live or plan on living in Istanbul, so...

  3. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Never seen this game, and if I’m not wrong at least a few of these wonders don’t actually, or no longer, exist, but I’ve been to:

    >Tenochtitlán
    There are no standing pyramids in Mexico City, of course, but I have visited the ruins of the Templo Mayor there, and the extant pyramids at nearby Teotihuacán
    >Chichester
    >Shwedagon
    >Hagia Sophia
    >Temple of Heaven
    >Arch of Constantine
    >Macchu Picchu
    >Angkor Wat
    >Genoa
    >Belém
    >Colosseum
    >(Is that supposed to be the Sultan Ahmet/Blue Mosque? Can’t read the font)
    >Kizhi
    >Torre del Oro
    >But Thap
    I *think* I’ve been here; I visited a couple of old temples outside of Hanoi, and the temple by that name I can find online appears to be one I’ve seen.

    And I’ve been to Korea, but is the temple illustrated an actual historical site? There’s a city with a similar name, but it’s pretty new (like most of Korea).

    Surprised to see anyone else who’s been to Kizhi—are you Russian, or Finnish, or from somewhere else nearby? I didn’t think anyone went to Karelia. Only reason I went there is because I was an exchange student in Petrozavodsk.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      >at least a few of these don't actually exist
      Yep and it's tricky for the devs when they need a historical structure for the Wonder but they have a civilization like the Mongols or the Cumans who never really built anything.
      >Korea
      It was called Hwangryongsa in Gyeongju, built around 700AD and was potentially the tallest building in Asia until it was burned down by the Mongols.
      >Kizhi
      I had 10 or so days in Russia in 2019 and dedicated a chunk of it to seeing Kizhi purely because of the game.

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        I've been to Mongolia and never heard of a "Great Tent of Genghis Khan" while I was visiting. They should have used his giant boot or even his statue, even though those are kind of modern things.

  4. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    >Aztecs
    >Burgundians
    >Byzantines
    >Ethiopians
    >Hindustanis
    >Incas
    >Japanese
    >Mayans
    >Portuguese
    >Tatars

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      >Tatars
      does it look different IRL? i wasn't sure it was a real building

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        very different as in the building does not exist anymore. There's just a set of rails that suposedly held a huge sextant back in the time. Definitely not the nicest sight in Samarkand.

  5. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Just the Colosseum

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      Also, having seen both, the Pantheon is a way better monument than the Colosseum.

  6. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    I was honestly expecting zero, but I did visit the Powder Tower.

  7. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Wait, stupid question
    Do these all still exist???

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      Most of them still do. Many of them are now in ruins (Somapura Mahavihara, Preslav, Sarkel, Taq Kasra) and some appear differently to how they look in real life as they were changed for various reasons (Hagia Sophia had minarets added by the Ottomans, Ulugh Beg Observatory was destroyed and rebuilt differently).
      Some did exist but have been destroyed completely (Hwangnyongsa was made entirely of wood and was burned in the 1200s), and some were made up by the devs (Mongol tent, Huns triumphal arch full of gold).
      The rest appear just as they do today, as far as I can tell.

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        Oh and the foundation/ruins of the Aztecs wonder (Temple of Tenochtitlan) was found under Mexico City

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          >Oh and the foundation/ruins of the Aztecs wonder (Temple of Tenochtitlan) was found under Mexico City
          True, and stones from the pyramid were also actually used to build a cathedral by the Spanish, as was their vindictive style.

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        >and some were made up by the devs (Mongol tent, Huns triumphal arch full of gold).
        Arch of Constantine is absolutely real, it just has frick all to do with the Huns beyond presumably representing all the horseBlack person rape and pillage. Which is pretty funny all things considered, as Attilla was one of the few great barbarians to never actually sack Rome.

  8. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Todaiji and Angkor Wat
    I'm confused as to why they have Kalasan instead of Borobudur or Prambanan, which I have seen.

  9. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Ive been inside the Torre del oro. Theres some small naval museum in there. No idea why on earth its the Spanish wonder.

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