THE top 15 historical sites IN THE world

Last Updated: 2/2/2020 | February 2nd, 2020

The world is full of astonishing man-made historical sites as well as wonders out there. Over the countless years of human history, we’ve created some quite fantastic stuff, even if, sadly, not all of it has lastest up until today.

With many breathtaking as well as incredible historical sites developed by ancient civilizations, it’s sometimes difficult to narrow down the best. believe of all the listings of historical wonders available as well as exactly how different they. What requirements do you judge on? What makes a great historical site? What makes the best?

Everyone has their own requirements in choosing what historical locations are great or aren’t great – including me. I’ve spent the last decade traveling around the world as well as have visited more than ninety countries. I’ve seen a great deal of the very best historical sites as well as monuments in the world.

Below are my preferred historical sites that I believe every traveler should try to go to at some point. The story these ruins tell is part of humanity’s story. They assumption a deep comprehending of our history, power, commonalities, as well as shared experiences. They show us exactly how we’ve established as a species. Don’t miss them!

Here’s the very best to see this year:

Favorite historical site #1: Machu Picchu

Located in southern Peru, this ruined city lies on top of a mountain that’s only accessible by train or a four-day trek. Rediscovered by Hiram Bingham in 1911, it was an important cultural center for the Inca civilization however was abandoned when the Spanish invaded the region. (It is famously referred to as the “Lost City of the Incas,” though that is really Vilcabamba). The place was made a UNESCO world Heritage site in 1983, as well as it was named one of the new seven Wonders of the world in 2007. concerns over growing numbers of tourists have led to limitations on exactly how many people can go into the site, though only by a fraction of what is necessary. Hopefully, they will limit it even more so this site can last for numerous years more.

Cómo llegar allá
Machu Picchu is open year-round. The simplest method to get to from Cusco to Machu Picchu is to take the train to Aguas Calientes (the town found a few miles from the site). It’s a scenic 3.5-hour trip each method along tracks that run right along the Urubamba River in the sacred Valley, with remarkable canyon walls on either side. The other method to get from Cusco to Machu Picchu is to walk as part of a multi-day Inca path tour, which is the far more scenic as well as rewarding way. My favored tour business for that is Intrepid.

Favorite historical site #2: Tikal

This Mayan city-state is one of the largest as well as best-preserved ruins of that civilization as well as was a dominant force in the Mayan world during the traditional period (200-900 AD). found in Guatemala, this location lets you experience your inner Indiana Jones early in the morning or late at night when the tourists go house as well as it’s just you as well as the jungle. It is extremely serene, as well as that produced one of the very best travel memories I have. Be sure to spend the night in the park, as you then truly get to see it without the crowds. I especially enjoyed seeing the sunrise from atop the temples. (Random trivia: The city at the end of star Wars: A new Hope? Tikal!)

Cómo llegar allá
Tour business have mini-buses that will pick you up from your hotel in Flores as well as expense 100 GTQ return or 70 GTQ without the guided tour. routine public buses leave from the Santa Elena bus station every 30-60 minutes as well as take two hours. They do not run on Sundays. If you’re coming from Belize, you may discover a bus at the border for 100 GTQ per person. Otherwise, the very best method to get there from Belize is to do a tour from San Ignacio or drive yourself (watch out for border officials overcharging you for visas!). The park’s primary entrance opens at 6 am as well as officially closes at 6 pm. Adult tickets for foreigners are 150 GTQ.

Favorite historical site #3: The Pyramids at Giza

They’re over 3,000 years old, as well as we still don’t have a great concept as to exactly how they were developed or exactly how the Egyptians made them so precise (were aliens involved?). The three pyramids line up to the stars as well as the solstices as well as contain tons of chambers that still haven’t been (and cannot be) opened. I mean, exactly how did they produce those bit chambers where people can’t even crawl through? The largest one, called the fantastic Pyramid, was developed by the Pharaoh Khufu as well as has restricted gain access to to it. The Pyramids are truly a marvel of human engineering that was in shape for kings. (You will likewise discover the Sphinx nearby, one more historical site whose mysteries baffle researchers as well as are the subject of many conspiracy theories.)

Cómo llegar allá
Take a bus from Midan Tahrir. The big buses that go to the pyramids are #800 as well as #900. The little bus that makes the trip is number 82. When you arrive, you can take a trip on a camel or equine to the pyramids themselves. They are open Monday to Sunday from 7am to 5pm. general Admission is 60 EGP. To go inside the pyramids, it’s an additional 100 EGP.

Favorite historical site #4: Angkor Wat

This ancient city in Cambodia was the center of the Khmer empire that when ruled most of Southeast Asia. This empire fell into decline, however not before building fantastic temples as well as buildings that were later reclaimed by the jungle for numerous years.

Though Angkor Wat is packed with tourists, it’s still breathtaking to see. as well as the temple regions to the north as well as south see far fewer tourists than the primary temple grouping. (Though admittedly, a few of them are just piles of stone rubble now.)

The most prominent temples are Angkor Wat, Bayon, Ta Phrom, as well as Angkor Thom, as well as they always have crowds. In order to truly experience the temples, you’ll requirement to purchase the three- or five-day pass. the very best time to go to is early in the morning before the huge tour groups show up as well as stay late after they have gone.

Cómo llegar allá
The temples are about a 20-minute drive from Siem Reap. A 1-day pass is $37 USD, 3-day is $62 USD, as well as 7-day is $72 USD. There’s no genuine requirement to bring the regional currency, Cambodian Riels (KHR), unless you paying for truly little things on the street. You can lease a tuk-tuk driver for about $20 for a day to take you around or bike around yourself. The area is as well huge to walk.

For more travel tips on Angkor Wat, check out this detailed planning guide.

Favorite historical site #5: Petra

Carved into a canyon in Arabah, Jordan, Petra was made famous by the third Indiana Jones film when he went to discover the holy Grail. The site was “discovered” in 1812 by a Swiss explorer who complied with some regional tribesmen there; prior to that, it had been forgotten to the Western world. though its founding is unknown, it appears this location had settlers as early as the 6th century BC. Under Roman rule, the site declined quickly as well as was abandoned by the late 4th century. In 1985, Petra ended up being a UNESCO world Heritage site as well as was just recently named one of the new seven Wonders of the World.

Cómo llegar allá
Tour business run full day tours that include entrance fees, equine ride, as well as an English speaking guide. Intrepid likewise offers multi-day tours. If you are driving, Petra is a 3-hour drive from Amman. The site is open from 6 am to 6 pm. The entrance charge is 50 JD.

Favorite historical site #6: Stonehenge

Located near Salisbury, this megalithic structure is over 3,000 years old, as well as its stones come all the method from Wales. Scholars still are not sure exactly how the builders got the stones there as well as have tried to replicate the feat, with dismal results. Moreover, we only have a vague concept of its function (we’re basically just guessing). Stonehenge is now fenced off, as well as you can no longer go into the circle; visitors can only walk around the attraction. however it’s worth visiting for the secret behind it as well as an excellent as well as detailed audio tour.

Cómo llegar allá
Trains leave from London to Salisbury every thirty minutes from 6.30am. Stonehenge is open from 9:30 am to 7 pm from March 30 – may 31, 9am-8pm from June 1 – August 31, 9:30am-7pm from September 1 – October 15, as well as 9:30am-5pm from October 16 – March 29. costs begin at 17.50 GBP for adults, as well as 10.50 GBP for children.

For more travel tips on England, check out this detailed planning guide.

Favorite historical site #7: The Colosseum as well as Forum

The Colosseum as well as the Forum are right next to every other in Rome, so I included them together. Remnants of a civilization that when managed the understood world, these sites are breathtaking not only for their beauty however likewise for their history as well as age. You’re standing in the area Caesar walked as well as gazing into the arena where gladiators battled to the death. The Colosseum has slowly crumbled throughout the ages, as well as much of it is restricted now, particularly the floor as well as basement where whatever was organized. The Forum is fantastic to walk around (and it’s free), though a ticket is needed for Palatine Hill. I would definitely get a guided tour since the info provided by the authorities doesn’t go into much detail.

Cómo llegar allá
Take “B” line Metro station Colosseo. Bus lines 51, 75, 85, 87 as well as 118 go to the Colosseum as well. You can likewise take tram line number 3. The Colosseum opens at 8:30 am year-round as well as closes depending upon the season. Admission is 12 EUR. There is free entry on the very first Sunday of the month so expect long lines.

For more travel tips on Rome, check out this detailed planning guide.

Favorite historical site #8: The Parthenon

Though it’s currently (and seemingly has been forever) getting a face-lift, the Parthenon is still astounding as well as breathtaking. This ancient temple to Athena stands as a sign of the power of Athens as well as a testament to Greek civilization. Moreover, it provides a sweeping view of Athens as well as close-by ruins, whose temples as well as buildings are similarly as wondrous. Over the centuries, much of it as well as the surrounding structures have been destroyed by war as well as thieves. Luckily, the structure still stands… at least for now. note that there is scaffolding along the right side of the structure; thinking about it has been there for over five years, I question it is going anywhere anytime soon. They do things slowly in Greece.

Cómo llegar allá
The simplest method is to comply with Dioysiou Aeropagitou, the big pedestrian street that starts near Hadrian’s Arch as well as goes around the north of the Acropolis. You can likewise take the metro line 2 to “Akropolis” as well as when you get out of the station walk to your right as well as comply with the people. many bus routes service the area. You can likewise take trolleys 1, 5, or 15. Admission is 13 EUR for adults, as well as kids go into free.

For more travel tips on Athens, check out this detailed planning guide.

Favorite historical site #9: Easter Island

Located out in the Pacific Ocean, Easter Island, a special area of Chile, is house to Moai statues that are the only thing left of a culture that when lived here. These gigantic as well as impressively carved heads are just one more reminder that primitive people were not truly all that primitive. The stones that draw in visitors to this island are constructed out of volcanic ash; many still stay in the quarry, left behind by the inhabitants as diminishing resources on the island left their tribes doomed to wars that lastly killed them off.

Cómo llegar allá
The island is accessible by routine industrial air service from Santiago. Easter Island is fairly little so it is possible to get around relatively easily.

For more travel tips on Chile, check out this detailed planning guide.

Favorite historical site #10: Taj Mahal

Built in the 1600s, this building in Agra, India, is a testament to undying love. This white marble tomb developed for Emperor Shah Jahan’s deceased spouse is a must-see for everyone. In 1983, it was named a UNESCO world Heritage site, as well as likewise has been named one of the new seven Wonders of the World. The Taj sees between two as well as four million tourists annually, so there have been recent limitations on tourism in an effort to assist protect the site. However, the biggest threat is the air contamination that is destroying the marble.

Cómo llegar allá
The site is open from 8am-5pm from Saturday-Thursday as well as closed Fridays. Adults expense 1,000 RS. kids are free.

Favorite historical site #11: The Alhambra

The Alhambra is Granada’s — as well as Europe’s — like letter to Moorish culture, a location where fountains trickle, leaves rustle, as well as ancient spirits seem to mysteriously linger. part palace, part fort, part world Heritage site, part lesson in medieval architecture, the Alhambra has long enchanted a never-ending line of expectant visitors. during the Napoleonic occupation, the Alhambra was utilized as a barracks as well as almost blown up. What you see today has been heavily however respectfully restored. This is a gorgeous site with so many different gardens as well as buildings, as well as its view of the historic area of Granada is second to none.

Cómo llegar allá
Using public transfer take line C3 as well as get off Generalife. The site is quickly walkable from the downtown area of the city too. It is open everyday from 8:30am – 8pm (April 1-October 14), as well as 8:30am-6pm (October 15-March 31). because of high demand as well as visitor restrictions, I extremely suggest booking in advance. adult tickets are 14 EUR. kids under 12 are free.

For more travel tips on Granada, check out this detailed planning guide.

Favorite historical site #12: The fantastic wall of China

The fantastic wall of China really consists of numerous walls as well as fortifications. It was originally conceived by Emperor Qin Shi Huang (ca. 259–210 BC) in the third century BC as a means of keeping out the Mongol hordes invading the country. The best-known as well as best-preserved section of the fantastic wall was developed in the 14th with 17th centuries, during the Ming dynasty (1368–1644). though the fantastic wall never effectively prevented invaders from entering China, it’s still a huge engineerin