10 historic places to visit around the world
We are sure that the world is full of incredible things to see, whether they are natural or built in the hands of man. There are so many historic places built by ancient peoples that choosing just a few is a very complicated task. Imagine all these wonderful places and the magic that circulates through the history of each one.
Even though it was not an easy task, I built my list and based on the importance that each of these places has for the history of humanity, and for the formation of the civilized world that we know today.
Because they are very famous worldwide, they attract a crowd of visitors all year round. Even so, if stop going. You will be able to see up close why I put these magical places on my list.you have the opportunity to get to know one or more of these monuments of humanity, never
1. Petra – Jordan.
Carved out of a casnyon in Arabá, Jordan, Petra became well known when it became the location for the filming of one of the Indiana Jones films. Since then it has become a popular destination for thousands of tourists. Petra was “discovered” in 1812 by a Swiss explorer who accompanied some members of local tribes there. Before that, it was forgotten for the western world. Despite its foundation, it appears that this place had already been inhabited by settlers in the 6th century BC. C. Under Roman rule, Petra rapidly declined and was abandoned in the late 4th century. In 1985 it became a UNESCO World Heritage Site and was recently named as one of the New Seven Wonders of the World.
2. Stonehenge – Salisbury England.
Located near Salisbury, England, this megalithic structure is 3,000 years old, and its stones are all the way from Wales. Scholars are still unsure of how the builders took the stones from Wales to where they are, but they are still trying to redo some possibilities of how this would have happened. Stonehenge now has its circle closed to visitors, and it may only be possible to walk around the attraction. But it is certainly still worth visiting this mysterious monument.
3. Machu Picchu – Peru.
Located in the south of Peru, this fascinating city is at the top of a mountain that is only accessible by train or a hike that takes about 4 days. It was an important cultural center for the Inca civilization, but it was abandoned when the Spanish arrived. It is famously known as the “Lost City of the Incas”.
The site became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1983. Machu Picchu was also named one of the New Seven Wonders of the World in 2007. Concerns about the growing number of tourists led to limitations on how many people can enter the historic site, but nothing that compromises your trip. And it is also one of the most visited historical places by Brazilians.
4. Teotihuacan – Mexico.
A magical place of great historical importance for Mesoamerican civilization. Studies show that it was built around 100 BC. C., however the great monuments extended its construction until 250 d. C. Among the main points to be seen, I highlight the Pyramid of the Sun, the Causeway of the Dead and the Temple of Quetzalpápalotl. It was considered by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site in 1987.
5. Colosseum – Rome, Italy.
The remains of a civilization that once controlled the civilized world, this place is breathtaking not only for its beauty, but also for its history and antiquity. You stand exactly where Caesar walked looking at the arena, and where gladiators fought to the death. The Coliseum has slowly collapsed over time and so many points of it are restricted to visitors. If you want to know the history of the Colosseum in depth, I suggest hiring a guided tour, as the local guides do not give information as profound as expected.
6. Pyramids of Giza – Giza, Egypt.
More than 3,000 years old, and we still don’t have a good idea of how they were built. The Pyramids are lined up for the stars and solstices, and contain large chambers that have not yet been opened. All the mystery that revolves around them is really a marvel of human engineering. The largest of these, called the Great Pyramid, was built by Pharaoh Khufu, but has limited access. You will also find the Sphinx in this area, another historic monument that haunts researchers with its mysteries, and is the subject of many conspiracy theories. Due to the Egyptian revolution in 2011, tourism has been reduced dramatically. If you have always wanted to have the pyramids for yourself, even for a while, now is the right time to visit them.
7. Parthenon – Athens, Greece.
The Parthenon is incredible and breathtaking. The ancient temple of Athena is a symbol of the power of Athens and a testament to Greek civilization. In addition, it provides an excellent view of Athens and other nearby ruins. Built in the 5th century a. C., the temple was used to house treasure.
Over the centuries, many of the surrounding structures have been destroyed by war and thieves. Fortunately – it is not known for how long – the structure is still standing. Many scaffolding can be seen along the monuments. They were already there a few years ago when I made my first visit to Greece, and I doubt that they will be removed anytime soon.
Despite this and other structural problems, Parthenon has a captive place in my heart, as it was the first of all the historic places visited.
8. Angkor Wat – Siem Reap, Cambodia.
This ancient city in Cambodia was the center of the Khmer empire that once governed most of Southeast Asia. This empire was extinguished, but not before building incredible temples and buildings that were isolated by the jungle for hundreds of years. Although Angkor Wat is taken by tourists, it is still a breathtaking place. The best time to visit is early in the morning, before tour groups arrive and stay late. The most popular temples are Angkor Wat, Bayon, Ta Phrom, and Angkor Thom and they always have crowds. To have time to see everything I suggest buying a pass of at least 3 days.
9. Taj Mahal – Agra, India.
Built in 1600, this building is a testament to eternal love. Located in Agra, India, this white marble tomb built for the late wife of Emperor Shah Jahan is a place that must be seen by everyone. In 1983 it was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Taj Mahal receives about 4 million tourists annually. There have been recent restrictions on tourism in an effort to help protect the monument, but the biggest threat to the site is air pollution that is destroying the white marble in the built building. The Taj was also named one of the New Seven Wonders of the World.
10. Easter Island – Chile.
Located in the Pacific Ocean, being a special territory of Chile, Easter Island – also called Rapa Nui – has some of the most mysterious statues in the world. These gigantic heads called Moai are some of the few things that remain of a culture that lived on the island many years ago. These gigantic and surprisingly sculpted heads are just another reminder that the ancient peoples that occupied the place were not so primitive. The stones that attract visitors to this island are made from volcanic ash. In the first moments that I was on the island I already had the feeling of being in front of a magician historically. It is certainly one of my favorite historical places on the planet.
The world has many other historic and incredible places besides those that I mentioned. They all deserve the importance that they have, but they should be better preserved with respect to everything they represent. After all, the more we know about the past, the more we understand the behavior of human beings today.