Wherever you travel in the world there will be something worth seeing, but some places are just so spectacular that they will become must see places for many. Every one of them will be steeped in history and the stories that can be told about them will amaze you.
1. Machu Picchu, Peru
If you want to get the best out of this site, there could be a lot of walking involved. It is set high above the Sacred Valley in Peru. There is a lot that is not known about it, but it is believed that it was built for Pachacuti who was an Incan Emperor in the 15th Century.
2. Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, United Arab Emirates
This mosque is the 8th biggest in the world and certainly the biggest in Saudi Arabia. Although it is not an old building – it was built between 1996 to 2007 – it is an outstanding structure. It has not taken long for it to have become the main mosque in the country.
3. Taj Mahal, India
This stunning building has a sad beginning as it was built as a mausoleum for the third and seemingly favourite wife of ShaJahan, Mumtaz Mahal back in 1632. ShaJahan was the Emperor at the time and this marble building would be amazing if it was constructed now, so to have been built close to 400 years ago it is even more outstanding.
4. Mosque-Cathedral of Córdoba, Spain
Dating back to 784, this is an amazing building that began life as an Islamic mosque. It is claimed to be one of the most stunning pieces of Moorish architecture and it was clearly so coveted that in 1236 it was changed to a place of worship for Roman Catholics and was called a cathedral.
5. St. Peter’s Basilica, Italy
This is already a well visited church and when in Vatican Square there will be many people waiting to see it, so be prepared for queues. It is the biggest church in existence and since it was built was always going to be revered and is now considered to be an outstanding example of Renaissance architecture.
6. Angkor Wat, Cambodia
This is another place of worship that has changed faith as although it is now a Buddhist site, it was at one stage used by Hindu’s. It was built in the 12th Century by Khmer King Suryavarman II and at present is the biggest place of worship worldwide.
7. Bayon Temple, Cambodia
Another amazing temple in Cambodia is the Bayon Temple and this is also an old building, being constructed back in the 12th century. It has many towers and one of the things that many people remember about it after their visit is the many stone faces that adorn them. Their size is as noticeable as their detail.
8. Church of Our Saviour on Spilled Blood, St. Petersburg, Russia
As with many important buildings, this was built in memory of a person who has been killed. In this case it was Tsar Alexander II and has been built on the site where he was murdered. Built between 1883 and 1907, it has also been dedicated to him.
9. Gettysburg National Military Park, Pennsylvania
As one of the best known battles in US history, there is an entire National Park dedicated to it. Inside there is the Gettysburg battlefield and it is still possible to view certain aspects of the battle itself and also see areas that have been dedicated to the outcome of the battle as well as an area where it is commemorated.
10. Ancient City Walls, Dubrovnik, Croatia
The residents of Dubrovnik have been protected by these walls since before the 7th Century. There has not been a time when the city was not protected by them as they were there from the time it was founded.
Few people will get round them all, so here are some that have been considered outstanding and are certainly ideal places to start. Enjoy your travels.