15 Breath-Taking Historical Wonders that Every History-Lover Should Visit

Whether you liked History classes in High School or not, It is an integral part of Human Society and Civilization. Without making this post super boring, let’s quickly summarize why history is so important, before disembarking for a Journey through various Locations and Time!

Boredom Alert! -Strictly For History-Buffs!

Feel free to skip this part if you can’t hold your horses and want to visit these Splendid Monuments.

History provides a base to compare our current position and progress. History also teaches us many important lessons and mistakes to avoid. History provides precious knowledge about life, from science, Medicine to religion, everything is dependent on history.   It is surprising to realize that every second that passes, we are creating history. One day we all will become part of History.

It was this truth, that Inspired many Great men and Women to do Extraordinary things throughout their life, This way they can remain Immortal with the help of History. Each Monument and wonder of History symbolizes some aspect of life. An aspect that our ancestors wanted their future generations to remember.

Whoosh!! That was Long-Enough, Now let’s Dive straight into Magnificent Oasis of History and Explore 15 of the greatest Historical Wonders.

1. Terracotta warriors, China

One of many significant archeological excavation-sites of 1900, these 7000 unique stone soldiers are located in xian province, China. It is due to sheer size and complex organization of these warriors, that they are first in our ‘To-Visit’ list!

Built by Quin Shi Hua, the first to rule whole china, this site is much more than just few thousand clay and stone warriors.  A firm believer in the afterlife, Quin Shi Hua decided to take his whole army with him, to win battles in his next life. The warriors are perfectly placed in a war formation, along with horses, chariots, and archers.  Along with some of the most advanced war weapons. Each of them is hand carved from terracotta stone and clay. Even uniform, hairstyle, and facial expression differ from solider to soldier.

Not only this, but Quin Shi Hua also built many luxurious chambers for his highest city officials and army generals, which mimicked their original chambers.

This site is not to be missed by any history lover!

2. Machu Picchu, Peru

Home to Incan civilization, Machu Picchu was hidden from the world until 1911. Declared as world heritage site in 1983, Machu Picchu is perfectly intact abandoned city. Famous as ‘Lost city of Incas’ It is believed that the natives left the city while first Spanish attacked, after that this city got separated from rest of the world.

Today this magnificent City is one of 7 Wonders of World and a World Heritage site by UNESCO.

machu picchu

3. Tikal, Guatemala

Full of Ancient Mayan temples and Ruins from Classic Era (200-900 AD), Tikal is one of the largest archeological sites. Surrounded by Dense Jungle, you will sure love this place if you are a fan of Tomb Raider or Indiana Jones.

If you really want an adventure, you can do a night stay near the site and explore nearby Region! Rising sun looks very beautiful in Guatemala, Especially when seen from a temple top.

4. Great Pyramids, Giza

Any History-Travel List would be incomplete without the great Pyramids. These magnificent structures are more than 3000-year-old yet extremely precise, which makes modern engineers scratch their heads. Originally built to store Dead Mummies of Emperors till their reincarnation, These Engineering Marvels are still a mystery today. No one can answer how they did what they did.

Also, there are new discoveries happening every day, Maybe you can find something new as well.  But be sure to watch the Mummy Movie-Series, before exploring these Pyramids on your own.

great pyramids

5. Petra, Jordan

Popularized by 3rd Indiana Jones Film, Petra was discovered in 1812 by a Swiss Explorer. Prior to that Petra was never actually forgotten, indeed it was known to very few tribesmen. Abandoned in the 4th century, Petra is a carved canyon located in Arabah, Jordan. Petra is a great example of ancient Water manipulation techniques, with a channel of tunnels carved inside of canyon, water was distributed very effectively to everyone.

Some Must visit places include 4000-Seat Theatre and El-Deir Monastery.

6. StoneHenge, England

Probably one of the most mysterious structures, it is more than 3000 years old. Original purpose of the Stonehenge is still unknown.  Stones used to build it originate all the way in wales, Archeologists are not sure how they transported them here.

The sheer Mystery behind its origin and purpose drags millions of visitors each year.

Think you can solve the Mystery? Visit and FindOut!

stonehenge

7. Roman Colosseum, Italy

Situated Right next to each other, Roman Colosseum and Forum has to be in every Travelers’ ‘To-Visit List’. It is truly surprising to see reminisce of Great Civilization, which ruled half the world.  Colosseum was used for Gladiator fights, where brave Gladiators fought each other till death and for important Public gatherings.

Other ‘Must-Visit’ Places include The Forum and Palatine Hill. Don’t forget to spend some time and take a guided tour to Enjoy even more.

8. Parthenon, Athens

Built in 5th century BC, Symbol of ancient Greeks, Parthenon provides a sweeping view of Athens and nearby temples. Though most of the structures in Athens have been destroyed by long wars and invaders, Parthenon still stands and is being slowly renovated by the government.

parthenon

9. Taj Mahal, India

Testament of undying love and Mughal Empire, Taj Mahal was built by Mughal emperor Shahjahan for his deceased wife Mumtaz Mahal. Built by pure white marbles, Taj Mahal is a must visit for everyone. Many believe Taj to be gateway of heaven since it has been carefully designed to resemble Heaven described in Quran.

Beautiful surrounding gardens and marvelous Mughal carvings earned Taj its spot in ‘New 7 wonders of world’.

10. Alhambra, Granada

Alhambra is lovechild of Europe and Moorish culture. Partly palace, partly fort- this magnificent medieval structure was used as barracks during Napoleonic times. Today the structure has been heavily restored, but the beauty still remains the same. Alhambra certainly takes its visitors to a different time and era.

11. Great Wall, China

Longest structure in the whole world, the great wall is actually a collection of small fortifications and walls. The original wall was built during 200 BC, to protect against Mongol invasions. As centuries passed, the wall grew longer and taller, thanks to consistent refurbishing and reconstruction by Chinese emperors. Some sections of the wall were built as soon as early17th century, During Ming dynasty. Today the great wall is so much more than just a ‘World Wonder’, it is a symbol of thousands of year old Chinese culture and rich legacy.

great wall

12. Chichen Itza, Mexico

Known as “mouth of Itza well”, Chichen Itza is one of the most important structures of Mayan civilization. After becoming part of ‘New 7 Wonders of World’, Chichen Itza has seen a spike in tourists and visitors.

Although original structures have been mainly decayed, beauty of Chichen has been restored greatly in past few years.

13. Sukhothai, Thailand

Often overlooked by world travelers, Sukhothai was the capital of Thailand for almost two centuries. Sukhothai holds almost 21 uniquely built Khmer- Srilankan style temples. Make sure you stay a full day or two to explore its radiance.

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sukhothai

14. Giant Heads, Easter Island- Chile

Situated in Pacific Ocean, Easter Island hosts some of the last ruins of Moai heritage. Today these gigantic rock structures are the only remains of once a great civilization. Researchers and archeologists have been astonished by the sheer size of these monuments. Created from volcanic ash, how they were made is still a mystery.
Many locals believe that there is a full body structure buried underneath these giant heads, but no one has been allowed to dig! Millions of tourists travel to this special territory of Chile to see these Giant Heads.
If you really want to realize how fragile and small our life is, you have to visit these Giant Heads!

15. Angkor Wat Temples, Cambodia

Centre of Khmer Empire,  Angkor Wat has many Breathtaking temples to visit.  Once the Khmer Empire ruled most of the south Asia, but soon after their Dynasty fell into decline and these temples were cut off from rest of the world.

Some of Must visit Temples include Angkor Wat, Bayon and Angkor Thom. To have up close and personal experience you must spend a few days in these Temples. But be sure to reach very early in the morning, otherwise, temples will become extremely crowded.

angkor wat temples

How did you like our List? Did we miss any of your favorites? Which one of these is First in you Travel Bucket List? Do let us know in the comments below.

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