Traveling gives us a sense of fulfillment. There’s something about exploring places that allow us to know ourselves better, meet amazing people from around the globe, and gain new wisdom and experiences. Other than that, we get to fill our phones and cameras with wonderful photos and see different perspectives from what we normally see in our own environment back at home. In this listicle, we looked for the world’s most famous historical places you must visit. Take it a great achievement if you get to visit all of these places. In fact, visiting two or three destinations from this list would be enough to make you see the world differently.
1Machu Picchu, Peru
Going to Machu Picchu, you can only ride a train or do a four-day trek. If you are physically fit and do not mind a days-long walk, it might even feel more satisfactory for you. This spot was rediscovered in 1911 by Hiram Bingham. It used to be an important center for Inca civilization but was abandoned when it was invaded by the Spanish.
It was called the “Lost City of the Incas” before. In 1983, Machu Picchu was announced a UNESCO World Heritage, and was later named as one of the New Seven Wonders of the World in 2007. Many tourists have now discovered this historical destination. As a result, many people flock this area. There is a limited number of people who can enter the site at a time. Even if this is the case, Machu Picchu is a very welcoming historical destination in Peru.
2Angkor Wat, Cambodia
Angkor Wat has been a famous historical spot ever since. It is a widely known spot in Southeast Asia and one of the many ancient structures within the region’s 150-square-mile perimeter. Khmer Empire might be nonexistent now, but the beauty of Angkor Wat remains the same. Aside from Angkor Wat, Bayon, Ta Phrom, and Angkor Thom are also famous temples in Cambodia. To have the full experience, you should get the three or five-day pass to roam around each temple. It is a magnificent experience to catch the sunrise or sunset at Angkor Wat.
Now Petra is something that will really take your breath away. For something that looks so simple, it is hard to pinpoint what makes it so majestic. Its entirety will just leave you breathless and in awe. Petra was allegedly discovered by a Swiss explorer back in 1812. It has been said that Petra has had settlers as early as the 6th century BS. In 1985, Petra, Jordan was declared as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Petra seems like it just popped out of nowehere and is a passage for another world. It has a narrow passageway called Siq, which is the main entrance of Nabatean City where you will find other temples, tombs, tunnels, and mines.
Colosseum is one historical site that you should not miss. You cannot say you have gone to Rome if you have not gone to Colosseum. This gigantic structure is not only famous for its beauty, but also for its rich history and age. Standing in Colosseum is being where Caesar once was. About half of the Colosseum is now ruined, but the rest of its remains is well visited by locals and tourists. While you are there, visit The Forum just beside it where you can walk around for free. If you are going to the Palatine Hill, you will need a ticket. Get a guided tour to get a better experience of the place.
5Giza Pyramids, Egypt
These pyramids are over 3,000 years old and it still looks ageless. Even then, the Egyptians knew how to make a precise structure that the pyramids are perfect triangular structures. The largest pyramid from the bunch is the Great Pyramid. These pyramids were made with meticulous details and keen engineering. You would actually wonder how the Egyptians did it. Nevertheless, you should visit this historical site and feel its ageless beauty for yourself.
6Taj Mahal, India
Taj Mahal is known as the Temple of Love. You cannot go to this temple and not fall in love with it. It was built in the 1600s for Shah Jahan’s deceased wife. It was announced a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1983 and earned a spot as one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. Every year, Taj Mahal welcomes two to four million tourists. India is know as a country of worship and beauty. Make it a point to include the Taj Mahal in your list of places to visit, and you will surely not regret it.
Sukhothai was known as the capital of Thailand. It is located in the north central of the country. Going there, you will witness 21 temples for your enjoyment. The temples have a mix of Sukhothai, Khmer and Sri Lankan style and influences. Most of Sukhothai’s structure is exposed to the sun, so be sure to smear on sunblock before you go. Wear a sturdy pair of walking shoes because you will be doing a lot of trekking around Thailand.
8Acropolis, Athens, Greece
Back in the days, during the 5th century B.C. to be exact, people regarded Acropolis and its monuments as the best way to show how grand the ancient Greek civilization was. The religious temples found in Acropolis represent art, civilization, and enlightened thought. It would not be surprising if you see Acropolis for the first time and the words “power” and “history” come to mind.
9The Great Wall Of China, China
Ahh, the Great Wall of China and its endless beauty. It did not have a heartwarming history but it would give you a different feeling when you finally feel the walls in your hands. It was originally built as a wall to keep off the Mongol hordes trying to invade the country. Despite its high volume of tourists per year, it is still worth your time to visit it and actually walk the Great Wall of China. Walking just a part of it would already be an accomplishment.
10Christ The Redeemer, Brazil
Brazil’s Christ The Redeemer is located at the peak of the Corcovado mountain in the Tijuca Forest National Park. This is the symbol of both Rio de Janerio and Brazil. This 39.6-meter statue of Christ is known as the largest Art Deco in the entire world. It was built between 1922 and 1931, and has become an iconic symbol of Brazilian Christianity. Whether you are a religious Christian or not, you will feel an aura from this huge statue.