Litercurious Book Review

TitleWorld’s Greatest Wonders: From Nature’s Special
Places to Stunning Masterpieces Created by
Outstanding Artists and Architects
AuthorEditors of Chartwell Books
PublisherChartwell Books (August 11, 2020)
ISBN #ISBN-10: 0785837957
ISBN-13: 978-0785837954


Written by Editors of Chartwell Books.


Do you enjoy thumbing through travel magazines during the cold winter evenings? Would you like referring to a publication to refresh facts from an impressive reference book? Perhaps you just enjoy owning beautiful things. If you answered yes to either question then you might want to read on.


Once upon a time there was a list of seven wonders of the world. Chartwell Books have taken the concept and created the World’s Greatest Wonders. It is a high-quality gallery book. If you are familiar with the original seven wonders you will recognize a few included in the 30 locations presented in World’s Greatest Wonders.

The World’s Greatest Wonders, by Editors of Chartwell Books is a spectacular volume jammed full of impressive high quality, full color, high-definition illustrations, and photographs. The guide is sub-divided into two sections: man-made wonders and natural wonders.

There is a genuine sense of quality in this tome; from the materials employed in its construction to the multitude of creative techniques utilized to produce such a ravishing spectacular feast for the eyes. Some pages are designed using striking paneled images organized to sit comfortably alongside nuggets of clear and concise information. Other pages have cut away visuals or schematics that vary wide-angle and close up images alongside bird’s eye views of the greatest wonders in the world today. In the case of the Naska lines, there is a double page spread magnificent in its awe inspiring complexity. With each turn of the page, there is yet another full color, high definition heavenly picture with maps showing the geographic location. Other elements that give the work a real sense of drama and excitement are the two-dimensional cut away models, architectural illustrations and drawings, as well as city wide images. In addition, there are a multitude of highly creative diagrams, including not to be missed eco diorama’s and panorama’s that have to be seen to be believed. The visuals are accompanied by important details about the subject that include age, size, dimensions, height, weight, historic background, and associated myths or legends.

It’s obvious that a significant amount of time, money, and effort have been employed in the creation of the World’s Greatest Wonders. The graphic designers, architects and illustrators have seriously out-done themselves. You will often hear the phrase that ‘a thing of beauty is a joy forever’ and it is also true of the World’s Greatest Wonders.


This hardback is definitely worthy of your home library. There are biodiverse cross-sectional illustrations that are absolutely captivating. If you want to know more about such varied sites as: Stonehenge, the Pyramids of Giza, the Sidney Opera House, the Empire State Building, St. Peter’s Basilica; or natural sites of great wonder such as: the Amazon, Antarctica, the Galápagos Islands, the Sahara, or Kilimanjaro, then World’s Greatest Wonders is a must have.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.


I would like to thank the Editors of Chartwell Books, NetGalley, and Chartwell Books for affording me the opportunity to review World’s Greatest Wonders: From Nature’s Special Places to Stunning Masterpieces Created by Outstanding Artists and Architects.