For hundreds and thousands of years, humans have produced some of the most mind-blowing objects ever created. Unfortunately for us, not many of these objects have lasted through time. Many of which have been forgotten or hidden from the world.
Hidden throughout jungles, deserts and even random farm fields around the world. Finding these things takes a lot of time and random luck as people unexpectedly uncover these magnificent things.
Once a site has been found, it would usually start attracting thousands if not millions of visitors to it each and every year. It isn’t wrong to say that these sites will remain just as fascinating now as they were when they were first discovered.
However with so many incredible historical sites in the world out there, it can sometimes be hard to figure out which one of them is the best to visit. After all, all of these historical sites have their own uniqueness and charm about them that makes them special.
And we all have our own criteria in deciding which of these places are good or bad, including me.
Which is why I am writing this post.
Down below, I want to share with you all my personal favorite historical sites that I think every traveler should try to visit at least once in their life. Many of these sites have some sort of meaning about them and tells the way of how humans have evolved throughout time. So you definitely want to check them out!
Here are the “17 Best Historical Sites In The World”.
- Best Historical Sites In The World
- 1. The Great Wall Of China
- 2. Machu Picchu
- 3. Pyramids of Giza
- 4. Roman Colosseum
- 5. Stonehenge
- 6. The Parthenon
- 7. Terracotta Army
- 8. Mayan Ruins of Tikal
- 9. Chichen Itza
- 10. Petra
- 11. Easter Island
- 12. Taj Mahal
- 13. Lascaux
- 14. Mesa Verde
- 15. Borobudur
- 16. Angkor Wat
- 17. Bagan
Best Historical Sites In The World
In no particular order, here are the 15 best historical sites in the world according to my experiences.
1. The Great Wall Of China
The Great Wall of China is one of the most advanced engineering feats ever constructed by man kind. The idea came from Emperor Qin Shi Huang (221 B.C.) who wanted to build a massive wall to keep out any and all intruders from coming in. The Great Wall stretches to almost 6,000 kilometers long as it snakes its way through many mountains and forests. Although a lot of the original wall that was built during Qin Shi Huangs reign has been destroyed, several new walls were created by other emperors to help make the wall even longer and stronger.
Fun Fact: The wall technically was not effectively able to stop any intruders from China.
2. Machu Picchu
Located on a mountain in Peru high above the Urabamba River, you’ll be able to find a hidden city called Machu Picchu. It is one of the most beautiful historical sites in the entire world. Machu Picchu is the ancient city of the Incas and has been carefully restored and maintained throughout the years. Visiting this area allows visitors to get an inside look at just what life was like during the 15th and 16th centuries.
Machu Picchu which is also known as the “Lost City of the Incas”, became a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1983 and was officially named one of the New Seven Wonders of the world. The only ways of getting to this site is by train or a four day trek which can be pretty tiring. So if you are planning to visit this amazing area, do some research before hand and be prepared as there are limitations to the number of visitors that can visit this place.
3. Pyramids of Giza
Is it built by aliens? Did god do it himself? How exactly did they build this extraordinary monument? These are just some of the questions people have when they see the Pyramids of Giza. Being over 3,000 years old, nobody still has any good answer as to how this structure was built. In fact, new information is being learned each and every day by archaeologists who study these Pyramids.
The Pyramids all align to the stars and also contains many chambers which still hasn’t all been explored yet. It is suggested that the Pyramids were built to be tombs for the Pharaohs, with the largest of the bunch being constructed between 2560 and 2540 BC by Pharaoh Khufu. Alongside the Pyramids, you’ll also find another historical site which is the Sphinx. Both of these sites are mysterious wonders that still have researchers baffled and asking many kinds of questions.
Today the Pyramids of Giza are the sole surviving member of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World and is truly a spectacular feat of human engineering.
4. Roman Colosseum
The Roman Colosseum is one of the most recognizable structures in the entire world. Built around 70 AD, it is the largest building left remaining from the ancient Roman era. This building is testament to the incredible history and power the Romans once had.
When you visit this building, you get to feel as if Caesar himself is standing next to you, staring down into the Colosseum where the strongest of the gladiators battled it out. Although much of the Colosseum has slowly crumbled away due to time, it is still a fantastic place to visit and get a sense of history and power that once ruled the area.
Another mystery that has many scholars asking so many questions about it is Stonehenge. Being over 3,000 years old, many people wonder just how they were able to built Stonehenge. Not only that, but how did they get the rocks over here as the rocks were originally from Wales. It’s a question scholars have been trying to answer for years and years with only a vague idea of how and why it is done.
Although in my experience, Stonehenge doesn’t really offer much to see and do as it is just a small circle with stones built on top of each other. And in today’s society, Stonehenge is actually closed off to the public unless you decide to pay to enter it. Visitors have to stand far away behind ropes in order to see this structure. However even with that being said, it is still pretty worthwhile to visit as you get to feel a sense of mystery and wonder about this amazing place.
6. The Parthenon
The Parthenon is an ancient structure that was built around 447 BC, and is the largest and most recognizable structure from the era of the Athens. It symbolizes the extensive history and culture that remains from that once proud period of time.
Visitors who come to this site will be able to get some marvelous views of Athens and the nearby ruins, temples and buildings who are all a sight to see. Although much of the surrounding area has been destroyed by war and thieves, there are still some structures that remain. It is an amazing place to visit as the country is trying to renovate this area and make it more established for years to come.
7. Terracotta Army
If you want to see something truly unique and interesting, then you should definitely check out the Terracotta Army located in China. Here you’ll find thousands and thousands of life sized warriors each standing guard over the first emperor of China Qin Shi Huang’s tomb. That isn’t all that is interesting, but the fact that each one of these soldiers have their own unique face and expression which is just mind-boggling. It is believed that there are around 8,000 clay warriors here in this tomb and that over 700,000 workers were involved in the creation of this area.
The site was actually hidden away from people for thousands of years until one farmer who was digging up a well accidentally discovered this treasure.
8. Mayan Ruins of Tikal
Located in northern Guatemala, you’ll be able to find the ancient Mayan city of Tikal. It is one of the largest and best preserved ruins in the entire Central America. Here you’ll be able to find more than 3,000 structures that was built around the time of 600 BC and AD 900. Things like ancient pyramids, temples, plazas and foundations are all here for you to explore and see the complex society of the Mayans and how they lived during that time period.
While a lot of the area is currently being restored, there are still portions of the areas which have not yet been excavated or mapped. But the areas that are open so far makes for a real surreal experience. Especially if you come at night time when all the tourists leave, you’ll be able to be alone with these structures and get a real good sense of how things were back in the day.
9. Chichen Itza
Located in the interior of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula, you can find Chichen Itza. It is one of the most well restored Mayan sites in all of Mexico. The name literally means “at the mouth of the well of Itza” and has become one of the New Seven Wonders of the World.
It was an important place during the 7th to 13th centuries and was also for a time the capital of the region. Here you can roam around and explore many ruins and see just how the ancient Mayans use to live their everyday life.
Located in a canyon in Arabah, Jordan, you’ll be able to find a narrow rock gorge that allows you entrance to the ancient city of Petra. This area was made famous by the third series of the Indiana Jones film where he traveled to find the Holy Grail. It was a hidden site that was long forgotten until it was re-discovered back in 1812. This ancient city dates back a long time all the way to the 4th or 5th century BC.
Today, Petra is one of the most important tourist attractions in the entire country of Jordan, bringing in millions of people each and every year. It is also one of the few UNESCO World heritage sites to be recently named one of the New Seven Wonders of the World.
11. Easter Island
Easter Island which s a special territory of Chile is famous for its giant statues known as Moais. You can find these statues literally scattered all around the island. Believed to have been created by the Rapa Nui People who inhabited this island during the 12th century, it is the only thing left of that once thriving culture.
Made from volcanic ash, these Moais are unique and range in various different sizes anywhere from a meter long to as big as 20 meters. Not only that, but each carving of the Moais is believed to be unique and thought to symbolize an ancestor that once lived.
12. Taj Mahal
The Taj Mahal isn’t really ancient per se when compared to the rest of the sites on this list, but it is a testament to the passion and love the Emperor once had. This beautiful marble building is actually a tomb for Emperor Shah Jahan’s deceased wife. It is a popular place that gets millions of visitors each and every year. Although in recent times, there has been a few restrictions here and there on tourism as they want to protect the site from harm.
The Taj Mahal was named a UNESCO World Heritage site and has also been named one of the New Seven Wonders of the World.
The Lascaux Cave located in France contains some of the oldest known paintings known to man-kind. It is believed the cave paintings are from the Paleolithic period over 17,000 years ago and depicts paintings of animals that use to live around the region.
Because of the rare nature of the paintings, they decided to build an adjacent site known as Lascaux II which is an exact copy of the original cave. This way visitors can enjoy the cave in all its glory without having to destroy the original.
14. Mesa Verde
Mesa Verde is a place where you can see some of the most well preserved Indian Ruins in North america. It is the largest archaeological preserve in the United States. The area which is now Colorado, used to be inhabited by the Ancestral Puebloans who lived here for hundreds of years.
The area is surrounded by various different ruins, but the most impressive is definitely the cliff dwellings tucked inside the canyon walls. Visitors who like a challenge can take a guided tour through the various cliff dwellings around, where you can climb up ladders and explore the ruins in full detail.
Borobudor is located on the island of Java and is one of the most important Buddhist sites in the entire world. It was constructed around the early 700’s, however it was estimated that a few hundred years later the site was abandoned due to possible volcanic eruptions in the area. For many years after that, the site remained undisturbed for centuries on end until it was re-discovered back in the 1800’s.
The site is surrounded by lush, tropical surroundings with many mountains and volcanoes nearby. It makes for a perfect place to relax and explore with stunning sights and a peaceful atmosphere.
16. Angkor Wat
Angkor Wat is the remains of an ancient city that was once the center of the Khmer Empire that ruled over most of Southeast Asia. Before the fall in the 15th century, this area was considered to be the largest city in the entire world. It was during this time where many beautiful temples and buildings were built.
Considered to be the worlds largest religious monument, you’ll be able to see many temples of all varying shapes and sizes. What makes this place magical is that a lot of the buildings here have been swallowed up and entangled with the trees and roots. If you love exploration, this place is definitely the place for you. Although to really enjoy the experience, I would suggest you purchase the 3 to 5 day pass where you can really get an inside look at all this place has to offer.
The area of Bagan is known to have the largest concentration of Buddhist temples in the entire world. Many of these buildings here were actually built around the early 1000’s to 1100’s, when it was the capital of the Pagan Kingdom. Here you’ll be able to find thousands of these ancient relics scattered all around the area.
Although a lot of these buildings have been destroyed, some are carefully being restored back to its original build. These buildings range in all different sizes and shapes which makes it a very interesting sight to see.
Visitors who come here can find a variety of methods to explore the area from either riding old bicycles to taking a hot air balloon or even hiring a horse cart carriage. All of these methods will each provide their own style and uniqueness that’ll make your experience a lot more magical.
As you can see, there are many historical places in this world for you to visit. This list barely scratches the surface of what the world has to offer.
However this list is only my personal recommendations on the “Best Historical Sites In The World”.
After all, the world is a vast place and is filled with so many amazing historical sites. People are constantly finding more new places each and every year and the list just keeps adding on.
So even if you aren’t able to make any of these locations listed on this list, maybe you’ll be able to visit some of the other unique places in the world.
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Let me know how your trip goes, and have fun~