For me, it is the direct contact with the past that makes any visit memorable. It’s always thrilling to follow in the footsteps of those, on whom you spent your history lessons listening about. It feels real, more than just a myth meant for dusty old textbooks! So, just like me, this top 10 historical places will force all history lovers to have a quick getaway.
10. Stonehenge, UK
These stone structures still seem to be shrouded in mystery, centuries after their creation. Maybe that’s what makes the site so appealing. It is one of the best known prehistoric monuments and also one of the wonders (you won’t think to miss) of Europe. This magnificent structure offers a chance to follow the footsteps of our Neolithic ancestors… And to know more about our ancestors the best is to visit the world-class exhibition, where you will find 250 ancient objects (exciting enough).
9. Angkor Wat, Cambodia
This was, and still remains the reason for the expansion of the tourism industry in Cambodia. The uniqueness of this temple lies in the fact that it is the only temple of its sort to lie towards the west (to conform to the symbolism between sun and death) and is also one of the largest religious monuments ever built. It’s often called the most beautiful temple in all of Cambodia. Visiting Angkor Wat will make you realize why it is in the list of UNESCO world heritage sites and what you were missing!
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8. Machu Picchu, Peru
‘The Lost City of Incas’ is the most beautiful piece of architecture left behind by the Incas empire. It’s sheer magnificence, enthralled throngs of tourist every year. To get a spectacular birds-eye view of Machu Picchu climb to the top of Huayna Picchu (it will become adventurous trekking for you all) and take panoramic photos of entire architectural complex. This site remains a must visit on my list and it should be in your’s too.
7. The Taj Mahal, India
It would be quite a shock if you don’t have this place on your bucket list. Under the moon, this tomb is a sight to behold, while in the morning, this structure stuns with the beauty of it all. It’s been said as a souvenir of the undying love of Shah Jahan for his wife Mumtaz. One must visit this beautifully ivory-white marble constructed mausoleum.
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6. Delphi, Greece
This place is situated in a stunningly beautiful setting with shards of the past at every corner. A place where the most famous Oracle in the ancient world conveyed its advice, it has an air of grandeur in the religious sanctuary around. Its importance in Greek mythology makes it one of the famous visit points in Greece.
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5. Pantheon, Rome
‘Temple of all Gods’ is the only substantial Roman building open to people who can literally walk through it. Its a mystery in it that how the Pantheon managed to survive barbarian raids (Rome was attacked by the Visigoths on 24 August 410) when all the rest of monuments were shattered. The most attractive and fascinating part is its giant dome with its famous hole in the top. It remains an otherworldly display of Roman specialization, power and expertise.
4. Segovia, Spain
This site has befuddled and won the hearts of travellers for decades, from castles to palaces to bad monasteries. In Segovia, there are two well-differentiated areas- the upper town encircled by ancient walls and the lower part outside the walls. This World Heritage site is a spectacular piece of the Roman Empire! A day in Segovia will be enough to know about the city.
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3. Athens, Greece
The capital and largest city of Greece manages to thrill with its charm even among the horde of tourists and boisterous crowds. It is one of the world’s oldest cities which serves a lot history to history buffs. Athens is been said as a global city and is central to economic, political and cultural life in Greece. The Parthenon is one of the temples still accessible on the Acropolis, dating to the glory days of the days of lost empires.
2. Giza, Egypt
Egypt remains one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world and with good reason (especially in terms of history). One of the top historical sites is also the third largest city in Egypt. From the well known Great Pyramids and the Sphinx to the more local Karnak and the Valley of the Kings, this place gives you a memory of a lifetime. Picturization of Egypt always lead us to this place, so why not actually visit this place and know more about the city and the country.
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1. Schwangau, Germany
The Neuschwanstein Castle served as the inspiration for Disney’s Sleeping Beauty, with a good reason. Bearing an uncanny resemblance to a fairytale castle, this picturesque structure is located on the top of a tall hill in Bavaria… And Schwangau is a gateway to this grand castle. It is also called as a “Landmark of Germany” and not a surprise but as “The eighth wonder of the world”. So, now keep this wonderful wonder of the world in your top bucket list. 🙂
This article is written by Aarushi Bhardwaj.