10 Must visit historical places
Modern human beings have been around on the Earth for thousands of years and, in that time, we have left our mark all over the globe. From buildings that have stood the test of time, to the ancient ruins of past civilisations, sites of historical interest give us a fascinating insight into how our distant ancestors lived their lives. Even if you are not a history buff, you can still marvel at how the Ancient Egyptians built the pyramids, or why the prehistoric people of England built Stonehenge. There are in fact more amazing historical places of interest than you could possibly visit in one lifetime, but we’ve listed ten of the must visit historical places that you should try to get to see if you can.
1. The Taj Mahal, India
Built from white marble between 1631 and 1648, the Taj Mahal is the testament to the love of the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan for his wife. The mausoleum, which is considered to be the best example of Mughal architecture, needed 20,000 skilled workers to build and, if it were to be built today, it would cost something in the region of $830 million US.
2. The Acropolis, Greece
Photographs really don’t do justice to the magnificence of the acropolis in Athens, Greece. Considered by many as the most important ancient site in Europe, The Acropolis sits high above the city of Athens and looks absolutely stunning in the midday sun. It has been a sacred site since the eighth century BC and is home to the magnificent Parthenon, which was a temple, dedicated to the goddess Athena.
3. The rock churches of Lalibela, Ethiopia
In Lalibela, Ethiopia, there are eleven Christian Churches that were carved straight of the living rock. Each church, one of which is believed to the largest monolithic structure in the world, was carved from a single piece of rock. The churches are such an amazing sight that when the first European explorers discovered them, they thought that no one would believe they were telling the truth.
4. The Statue of Liberty, New York
The Statue of Liberty is an icon of the American Way and was given to the people of the United States by the People of France in 1886. The colossal figure stands at just over 151 feet high and it was the sight that welcomed over 25 million immigrants to the US, as they passed through New York harbour. The statue, which is made of copper, was made in France and then shipped, piece by piece to America and erected there.
5. Machu Picchu, Peru
Despite its size, the ancient mountain city of Machu Picchu in Peru, wasn’t even known to the outside world until it was discovered by an American historian in 1911. It was built in the 15th century by the Incas and it is an incredible feat of engineering for its time. It’s an awe inspiring place to visit, sitting as it does on top of a high Mountain, surrounded by lush rainforest.
6. The Pyramids of Giza, Egypt
Despite the fact that the great pyramids at Giza are 3,000 years old and have been studied by thousands of archaeologists, we still don’t know for sure how they were built, or how the ancient Egyptian builders could erect structures that are so precise. They truly are a wonder to behold and one of the ancient sites of the ancient world that will take your breath away.
7. The ruins of Petra, Jordan
Made famous by the third in the Indiana Jones series of films, Petra is an ancient city cut of the rocks in a canyon in Arabah, Jordan. Described as “a rose-red city half as old as time”, Petra was named as one of the New Seven Wonders of the World in 2007 and appears on most people’s lists of must see places on the planet.
8. Stonehenge, England
It may not as spectacular as the pyramids in Egypt, but England’s own 4,500 year old ancient monument still holds plenty of mystery and mystique. The massive stones that were used to build the stone circle were brought all the way from Wales to Wiltshire, a distance of some 150 miles. How they then erected the stones is still unclear and even modern attempts to replicate the feat have failed.
9. Easter Island
The incredible Easter Island Moai statues are another one of the ancient places to visit on the Earth; they were carved from single pieces of rock over a period of time between 1250 to 1500 AD and re the representations of the dead ancestors of the Rapa Nui people who lived on the Polynesian island.
10. The Coliseum, Rome
The coliseum in Rome is another example of the amazing construction techniques of the people of the past. The structure is the largest amphitheatre that was ever built and it is estimated that it could hold around 65,000 spectators. It was here that Caesar watched gladiators fight to the death as well as huge public spectacles, such as mock battles.