History is mesmerizing. What is more amazing are several ancient places, antiquities, and monuments that still exist, thereby offering a glimpse of the mysterious civilization and culture that prevailed several centuries ago. Imagine how you would feel to visit a palace that once served as the residence of a legendary ruling dynasty or a place where a momentous war was fought? Intriguing, wouldn’t that be? So, if you love history, make complete use of your holiday time and visit places rich in history. While there are several historical destinations around the world, we have picked some of the best for you. So, here you go, all history lovers!
It is difficult to name one historical place in Paris as there are several. The city which is also known as one of the most romantic cities in the world is filled with some of the most amazing historical monuments and places. La Conciergerie and Palace de la Concorde possess deep remnants of the French Revolution while the Catacombs of Paris is a subterranean graveyard that houses more than six million human skeletons, many of which belonged to those perished during the revolution. Apart from these places, the majestic Eiffel Tower, Musee du Louvre, Notre Dame Cathedral, Saint Chapelle, Arc de Triomphe, etc. are some of the monuments that speak about the history of Paris.
Machu Picchu, Peru:
If you are travelling to Peru in South America, Machu Picchu is one historical site you must not miss at any cost. It is an ancient city that was constructed during the Inca Empire, in the year 1462 AD. However, during the Spanish Conquest, a hundred years later, the city was abandoned by the residents. Nevertheless, it only came in public view in 1911 due to the efforts of American historian, Hiram Bingham. Though the structure was in a depleted condition when found, it has been restored and is declared as a World Heritage Site by the UNESCO. This city, spread around an area of 2,430 meters, reveals the culture and lifestyle of the Inca civilization. The three most important sites of this place include the Room of the Three Windows, the Temple of the Sun and the Intihuatana Stone (an astronomical clock).
Petra is a historic place that was unknown to the Western World for several centuries until it was founded by a European in 1800. Located somewhere between the Red Sea and the Dead Sea, Petra has the ability to enthrall its viewers with its architecture, structure, facilities and backdrop. One of the most unique things about Petra is that while some parts of the city was built; some of it has been carved in red sandstone. However, what would really leave you in awe is the clever and resourceful water management system of the place. According to experts, there are several more secrets hidden in this amazing place thus making Petra an attraction for curious tourists around the world.
The Pyramid of Giza:
Built by Khufu (ruler of the fourth dynasty), the Pyramid of Giza is also known as the Pyramid of Khufu. This huge pyramid is built from 2.3 million stone blocks and three burial chambers. The third chamber has a red granite sarcophagus and is called the King’s chambers. While the internal area of the pyramid is full of mystery and intrigue, the complex itself holds several interesting things. There are several other pyramids, a mortuary temple, boat pits, flat-roofed tombs, valley temple, etc. You also get the opportunity to view the Sphinx when in this area.
Taj Mahal, India:
The Taj Mahal, located in Agra in India, is said to be the symbol of love. This structure was built by Emperor Shah Jahan for his wife Mumtaz and holds the remains of the queen as well as King Shah Jahan. The exquisite white marble, the marvellous architecture and the intricate designs of the Taj Mahal, makes this monument a rare sight to behold. The structure was built in the span of 22 years by almost 20,000 artisans and craftsmen. This architectural marvel attracts millions of visitors not only from India but all over the world.
The Great Wall of China:
The greatest or the biggest wall on earth, the Great Wall of China was built to protect the northern border of China from intruders. So great is the length of the wall that it is said that it had to be built and rebuilt several times. The Wall was built in parts and these parts were later joined together to create a huge one. The entire wall is said to be 21,196 kilometers in length which took several centuries to be built. This is one place you should definitely visit when in China.
Apart from the places mentioned above, the world’s famed historically-significant places also include Angkor Wat in Cambodia, the Colosseum in Rome, the Stonehage in England, etc. These places or structures not only enchants you with their sheer beauty but also with their history. So, what are you waiting for? It is time to pack your bags and begin a historical journey!