In Video Games

WHS appearing within video games. This only includes examples of 'realistic' portrayals of WHS, in the sense that the locations are recognisable with some attempt at authentic portrayal.

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Aachen Cathedral Age of Empires II: Britons: they had the Aachen cathedral for whatever reason before the definitive edition of the game came out (now it's Chichester's); Call of Duty: WWII (it is very realistically modeled)
Acropolis Assassin's Creed Odyssey; Age of Mythology: Greeks - Poseidon: an integer theater of Dyonisus
Ahwar of Southern Iraq Age of Empire 1: A ziggurat of Ur for Babylonians, Persians and Hittites
Ancient Kyoto To-ji Temple, Kiyomizu-dera Temple in Like a Dragon: Ishin!
Ancient Nara Age of Empires II: Japanese: Tōdai-ji
Ancient Thebes Serious Sam HD – Temple of Hatshepsut; Assassin's Creed Origins (The Curse of the Pharaohs DLC) - Temple of Hatshepsut, Valley of the Kings, Karnak, Temple of Luxor
Andrefana Dry Forests Civilization VI
Angkor Age of Empires II: Khmer: Angkor Wat; Sid Meier's Civilization VI: Angkor Wat
Arab-Norman Palermo Age of Empires II: Sicilians: Monreale cathedral
Archaeological Site of Delphi Assassin's Creed Odyssey; Civilization VI
Arles A Plague Tale: Requiem features Arles Amphitheatre circa 1349.
Babylon Civilization VI: Etemenanki
Bagan Age of Empires II: Shwezigon pagoda
Bamiyan Valley Call of Duty: Black Ops II
Belem Age of Empires II: Portuguese: tower of Belém; Civilization VI: Belem Tower
Buddhist Vihara at Paharpur Age of Empires II: Bengalis: Somapura Mahavihara
Chichen-Itza Civilization VI
Chola Temples Age of Empires II: Dravidians: Brihadisvara temple
Damascus Assassin's Creed - Ummayad Mosque
Delos Assassin's Creed Odyssey
Djenné Age of Empires II: Malians: Great mosque of Djenné
Edinburgh Forza Horizon 4
Ephesus Civilization VI: Temple of Artemis
Everglades Grand Theft Auto VI
Florence Assassin's Creed II – Duomo, Ponte Vecchio
Frank Lloyd Wright Buildings Marvel's Spider-Man - Guggenheim Museum
Frontiers of the Roman Empire Hadrian's Wall in Assassin's Creed Valhalla
Galapagos Islands Civilization VI
Gebel Barkal Civilization VI
Giant's Causeway Assassin's Creed Valhalla; Civilization VI
Gobustan Rock Art Civilization VI (as a Natural Wonder)
Granada Civilization VI: Alhambra
Grand Place, Brussels Age of Empires II: Burgundians: Brussels town hall
Great Barrier Reef Civilization VI
Great Zimbabwe Civilization VI
Gros Morne National Park Gros Morne appears as a playable area in the 2014 videogame Assassin's Creed Rogue. (wiki)
Guanajuato Forza Horizon 5
Ha Long Bay – Cat Ba Archipelago Civilization VI
Hierapolis-Pamukkale Civilization VI: Pamukkale
Historic Cairo Serious Sam 3 – Mosque of Ibn Tulun
Humayun's Tomb Age of Empires II: Hindustanis: Humayun's tomb
Imperial Palace China: The Forbidden City - The game is set in 1775 in the Forbidden City; Age of Mythology: Chinese - Fu Xi: Hall of Harmony in the Forbidden City; Civilization VI: Forbidden City
Istanbul Assassin's Creed Revelations – Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace; Painkiller (2004) - Hagia Sophia; Age of Empires II: Byzantines: Hagia Sophia; Civilization VI: Hagia Sophia
Itsukushima Shrine Nioh
Kilimanjaro National Park Civilization VI
Kizhi Pogost Age of Empires II: Slavs: Church on Kiži Island
Kraków Age of Empires II: Poles: Wawel cathedral
Kremlin and Red Square Civilization VI: St Basil's Cathedral
Lake District Forza Horizon 4 - Ambleside, Derwent Water
Lalibela Age of Empires II: Ethiopians: Biete Amanuel rock-hewn church
Machu Picchu Age of Empires II: Incas: Sun Temple of Macchu Picchu; Civilization VI
Mahabodhi Temple Complex Civilization VI
Mausoleum of the First Qin Emperor Qin: Tomb of the Middle Kingdom; Civilization VI: Terracotta Army
Mexico City and Xochimilco Civilization VI: Huey Teocalli
Moenjodaro Civilization VI: Great Bath
Mont-Saint-Michel Civilization VI
Mycenae and Tiryns Assassin's Creed Odyssey
Nubian Monuments Serious Sam 3 – Abu Simbel, Philae; Age of Mythology: Set: Hathor's temple at Abu Simbel
Old City of Acre Assassin's Creed – Hospitaller Fortress
Old City of Jerusalem Assassin's Creed – Dome of the Rock, Al Aqsa Mosque, Church of the Holy Sepulchre
Old Havana Assassin's Creed IV – Castillo de San Salvador de la Punta, Havana Cathedral
Olympia Assassin's Creed Odyssey - Temple of Zeus, Temple of Hera; Age of Mythology (Greeks - Zeus: his own statue in Olympia (no more existing))
Pantanal Civilization VI
Paris, Banks of the Seine Assassin's Creed Unity – Notre Dame Cathedral; Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 - Eiffel Tower; Civilization VI: Eiffel Tower
Persepolis Civilization VI: Apadana
Petra Civilization VI
Potala Palace Civilization VI
Prague Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3; Age of Empires II: Bohemians: Powder tower; Vampire the Masquerade: Redemption
Pyramids (Memphis) Serious Sam 3 – Sphinx, Giza Pyramids; Assassin's Creed Origins – Sphinz, Giza, Bent Pyramid; Age of Empire I: Great Pyramid of Giza for Egyptians, Assirians, Sumerians; Age of Mythology: Egyptians - Ra: Great Pyramid of Giza and Isis: the Great Sphynx of Gizah; Civilizations VI; Indiana Jones and the Great Circle
Pythagoreion and Heraion of Samos Assassin's Creed Odyssey - Heraion of Samos
Rabat Age of Empires II: Berbers: Hassan tower in Rabat
Ravenna Age of Empires II: Goths: Mausoleum of Theoderic I
Rio de Janeiro Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 - Sugarloaf; Civilization VI: Christ the Redeemer statue
Rome Assassin's Creed Brotherhood – Colosseum, Castel Santangelo; Age of Empire 1: An integer Colosseum for Romans, Carthaginians, Palmyrians, Macedonians; Age of Empires II: Huns: the arc of Constantine in Rome; Civilization VI: Colosseum
Routes of Santiago de Compostela in France Assassin's Creed Unity – Tour St Jacques (with historical church still attached)
Ruins of Kilwa Kisiwani and Songo Mnara Civilization VI: Kilwa Kisiwani
Sagarmatha National Park Civilization VI: Mt. Everest
Samarkand Age of Empires II: Tatars: the Ulugh Beg observatory in Samarkand
Samarra Age of Empires II: Saracens: Great Mosque of Samarra
San Gimignano Assassin's Creed II
Selimiye Mosque Age of Empires II: Turks (Ottomans): Selimiye Mosque in Edirne
Seville Civilization VI: Casa de Contratacion: the actual Casa de Contratacion seems to be a more abstracted agency rather than an actual building, but it was initially housed in the Casa de Indias in Seville and that is what the in-game model depicts.
Speicherstadt and Kontorhaus District Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 - depicts the Battle of Hamburg
St. Petersburg Civilization VI: Hermitage
Statue of Liberty Deus Ex; Marvel's Spider-Man; Tom Clancy's The Division 2 (Warlords of New York Expansion); Civilization VI
Stonehenge Assassin's Creed Valhalla; Civilization VI
Sukhothai Indiana Jones and the Great Circle
Summer Palace Age of Mythology: Chinese: Nü Wa: the Summer Palace
Sydney Opera House Civilization VI
Taj Mahal Civilization VI
Te Wahipounamu Civilization VI: Piopiotahi
Temple of Apollo Epicurius at Bassae Assassin's Creed Odyssey
Temple of Heaven Age of Empire 1: Temple of Heaven for Yamato, Shang, Choson; Age of Empires II; Age of Mythology: Chinese: Shennong: the Temple of Heaven; Age of Empires 3
Teotihuacan Forza Horizon 5
Tikal National Park Age of Empires II: Mayans: Great Jaguar Temple in Tikal
Timbuktu Civilization VI
Tower of London Assassin's Creed Syndicate, Traitors Gate; Watch Dogs: Legion; Sherlock Holmes Versus Arsène Lupin.
Uluru Civilization VI
Uvs Nuur Basin Civilization VI: Ubsunur Hollow
Uxmal Forza Horizon 5
Vatican City Assassin's Creed II – Sistine Chapel; Indiana Jones and the Great Circle
Venice and its Lagoon Assassin's Creed II – St Mark's Cathedral, St Mark's Square; Painkiller (2004); Moebius: Empire Rising; Civilization VI: Venetian Arsenal
Versailles Assassin's Creed Unity, Versailles 1685
Westminster Assassin's Creed Syndicate – Parliament, Westminster Abbey; Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3; Watch Dogs: Legion; Sid Meier's Civilization VI: Big Ben
Works of Antoni Gaudí Wheelman: Barcelona including the Sagrada Familia
Yosemite National Park Civilization VI
Zollverein Civilization VI


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