We’ve been around on this planet for a while now, and over time we’ve made our mark on the planet in many ways – leaving countless structures and sites that serve as a testament to our creativity, ambition and resourcefulness. Of them all, some are of course more fascinating and more iconic than others, so following are a list of the top 10 historical landmarks that you should see before you die. While certainly there are some others that could easily have been included, and there are those that some readers might feel are unworthy, this list of the top 10 historical landmarks should hopefully offer a balanced selection of areas that are each incredible in their own right and that provide you with some of the interesting and thought provoking sites the world has to offer.
10. The Eiffel Tower
The Eiffel Tower might not be that old compared to some of the entries on this list, but it is still one of the top 10 historical landmarks, if only for its iconic status and for being recognised the world. Visiting it is certainly on the to do list of any serious hunter of historical sites.
9. The Vatican City
The Vatican City is not really one of the top 10 historical landmarks but actually several as you could count St Peter’s Square, the obelisk or the Basilica as three separate amazing sites. However between them they are certainly one of the most compelling historical sites, and you should definitely visit the Vatican Museum if you are going and you’re a fan of history.
As seen in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, Petra is a rocky fortress built carved into a canyon in Jordan. One of the lesser known top 10 Historical Landmarks, it has nevertheless been recently added to the ‘New Seven Wonders of the World’. What makes it all the more interesting and elusive is that its founding is not fully known, only that it was likely built under Roman rule.
Stonehenge is the first pre-historic entry to this list of the top 10 historical landmarks, and even more so than Petra it is a site shrouded in mystery. Who erected these stone columns and how? And what was their purpose?
6. Karnak Temple:
It’s not one of the better known historical sites in the world – and if most people are travelling to Egypt they think of the pyramids or the valley of the kinds. However anyone who has been there is likely to understand it’s position as one of the top 10 historical landmarks, and the huge scale and highly detailed pillars again beggar belief that these were constructed without today’s machinery.
5. The Parthenon:
The Parthenon is another highly recognisable one of the top 10 historical landmarks and is a symbol of power and importance that bears a lasting testament to the influence of ancient Greece on our culture and geography.
4. Easter Island:
Easter Island is another one of the top 10 historical landmarks that is highly mysterious, adding to its allure. Of course it’s the statues that make it worthy of the top 10 historical landmarks, and their uncertain origin. The fact that they don’t quite look human has lead to much speculation that they may even be examples of alien contact with ancient man.
3. Taj Mahal:
The Taj Mahal alone is reason enough to travel to India (though there are of course many other great reasons to go) and is a fantastic looking lavish temple that is a perfect photo opportunity and a fascinating guided tour.
Auschwitz is an example of a more modern entry to this list of the top ten historical landmarks, and is lasting evidence of one of the most significant (and terrible) events in the last century.
1. The Pyramids of Giza:
However it has to be the pyramids of Giza that top this list of the top ten historical landmarks, if only because they are the only remaining wonders of the ancient world and so spectacularly huge. What makes them even more worthy of this lofty position at the top of the list is the way that they stand out for miles surrounded by perfectly flat desert (apart from the equally iconic sphinx) and the amazing architecture they display. There are many theories of about how these pyramids were built, but however they came into being they are certainly one of the most impressive sites in the world, a mystery and a great testament to human will and ingenuity.