Top 10 Historical Travel Destinations

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If you are looking to travel and want to go back in time here are ten great historic travel destinations for the history buff on the go. From Castles to Great Walls to Pyramids here you will find 10 Historical destinations that everyone should visit. Do you have any places in mind that are both historic and a travel destination? Please leave a comment and name the place.



10. European Castles

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Dotted all throughout Europe there are thousands of Medieval and Baroque castles that conjure up images of fairytale princesses and chivalrous knights. They were not only built as protective fortresses but also as the homes of feudal lords and kings that showed their wealth and status. Some of the most impressive examples include Germany’s Neuschwanstein Castle, France’s Palace of Versailles, Ireland’s Blarney Castle, Sintra Palace in Portugal, Turkey’s Topkapi Palace, Prague Castle in the Czech Republic and Leeds Castle in England.

9. Stonehenge

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While there are several theories around the functionality of this Neolithic monument, no one can argue that within minutes of arriving you find yourself pondering the mystery of Stonehenge. The major rivaling theories are that it was either built as an astronomical observatory or religious site while others believe that the bluestones were thought to have healing powers. Construction first began around 3000 BC and was carried out in three separate stages hundreds of years apart.

8. Angkor Wat

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Angkor Wat is easily the most recognizable temple in Cambodia as well as one of the most beautiful. It was built in the early 12th century by King Suryavarman II to act as his state temple and capital city. The best example of Khmer architecture, which includes many bas-reliefs and devatas, Angkor Wat is unique in that it is the only such temple that is oriented towards the west.

7. The Great Wall of China

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One of the Seven Wonders of the World, the Great Wall is an impressive feat of engineering. The Wall is the product of 21 centuries of building and rebuilding that began in the 5th century BC, and was used to protect the Empire of China from Xiongnu attacks. Although sections of the current wall, which dates back to the Ming Dynasty, are in total disrepair, near tourist centers it has been well preserved and even reconstructed to give visitors a glimpse of its former glory.

6. Machu Picchu

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Machu Picchu, known to many as “The Lost City of the Incas”, is the most impressive remainder of the Incan Empire. It was built in 1462 AD and abandoned only a hundred years later, which saved it from plunder and destruction at the hands of Spanish conquistadors, who were unaware of its location. American historian Hiram Bingham rediscovered Machu Picchu in 1911. The three primary structures are the Temple of the Sun, the Room of the Three Windows and the Intihuatana Stone, an astronomical clock or calendar that has been dubbed “The Hitching Point of the Sun”.

5. The Parthenon

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The Parthenon is an elegantly crafted symbol, not only of Ancient Greece, but also of the very roots of democracy. The current building was built Pericles in the mid-5th century BC as a Doric temple to the goddess Athena and also as a treasury for the Delian League. Many of the sculptures, referred to as the marbles, have been removed and now reside in the British Museum, the Louvre and other museums despite efforts by the Greek government to return them to their proper place.



4. The Taj Mahal

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The Taj Mahal is one of the most stunning structures in the world and the story behind its construction is just as beautiful. The Taj was built between 1632 and 1653 by Emperor Shah Jahan to serve as a mausoleum and monument to his favorite wife, Mumtaz Mahal. It was constructed by twenty thousand workers from marble and inlayed with twenty-eight different kinds of precious and semi-precious stones from across India and Asia.

3. Petra

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The ancient Nabataean capital of Petra was built around 100 BC and was a site where many ancient trade routes converged making its residents very wealthy. Some of the major attractions are the Theatre and the Monastery, but the most recognizable is the Al Khazneh, commonly referred to as the Treasury, that’s use was a mystery until a recant excavation found that the Khazneh is really a tomb, probably of the royal family.

2. Rome

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The Eternal City is filled with some of the most stunning and iconic architecture in the world. Layers of Ancient Roman, Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque buildings are to be seen at almost every turn. However, no trip to Rome is complete without taking in the Coliseum, the Roman Forum, the Pantheon, the Circus Maximus, the Arch of Constantine, Fontana di Trevi and at least one of the many historic piazzas throughout the city.

1. Egypt

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Egypt it one of the most culturally rich countries in the world and one of the most ancient tourist spots in the world having played host to many visitors from ancient Greece and Rome. Of course the site that is most synonymous with the image of Egypt is the Great Pyramid and the Sphinx at Giza. Other must see sights include the Valley of the Kings, Abu Simbel, the Egyptian Museum, Saqqara, Luxor and Karnak, all of which will make you feel like you’ve taken a step back in time to the lands of Ancient Egypt.

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54 Comments

  1. Nepal trekking on

    really really amazin collection. all are so nice but i like very much " STONEHENGE" and "The Great Wall of China". i have aim to visit The Great Wall of China in near future. thank you so much for sharing

  2. holidays to egypt on

    All top destinations suggested here are really very very famous and amazing places to go for a fantastic holidays.Specially Egypt is famous for its ancient civilization and some of the world's most famous monuments, including the Giza pyramid complex and its Great Sphinx.

  3. Ho yes, nevermind Stonhenge, go to Jerusalem!

    I so love Venice Italy too, my favourite town in the whole world.

    I used to live in Versailles for 2 years, my second favorite town. This palace is really sexy… I can't guess why…

    And the third is Istambul, so " like home "

    For the greek statues in the Louvre, in fact, except the Venus of Milo, all the statues are copies.

    Perhaps copies from the british museum ones, I don't know.

    But there are no genuine greek statues in the Louvre.

  4. Nice to see that you have included Taj Mahal in your list of historical travel destinations. Angkor wat, the oldest temple in Cambodia is really beautiful and I liked that place very much.

  5. i think macchu picchu should be at the top while taj mahal at 7 making rome a 5 and egypt 3

  6. and most probably the eurupean castles should be out of the list making entry for dubai which i will probably exchange with macchu picchu to be at 1

  7. There are far more historical and impressive castles in Europe than Neuschwanstein Castle, which for some reason is the most well known and photographed (pictures in #10). It isn't even that old, it was started in the mid 1800's and wasn't finished until the late 1800's… my great grandmother was alive in the late 1800's so I don't consider that to be very old, at least by European standards. Having been there, I can say it is beautiful and scenic, but still pretty modern. It wasn't Medieval, it was just a super fancy private residence for the king at that time, and other than him living there on occasion, nothing really happened there. More interesting than the castle is the story of King Ludwig himself.

  8. Out of all these destination. According to me European castles are worth seeing. The one in Bavaria germany is just breathtaking castle I have ever seen. Neuschwanstein castle is just like a castles in fairy tale. It is the only place in Germany which I always would like to see and explore.

  9. Machu Picchu on

    The Inca citadel of Machu Picchu (Now one of the new 7th wonders of the world) is one of the most important tourist attractions in Peru. Discovered in 1911 by the American explorer, Hiram Bingham, this city is considering one of the most extraordinary examples of scenic architecture in the whole world. If you want to enjoy more pictures about Machu Picchu you can visit the next link.

    http://www.yesperu.com/En/Machupicchu.aspx

    • I agree, This list is only for the rich and safe thinking travelers, that’s why there is not places in the middle east (war zones) mentioned like Jerasulam, Syria (Damascus, Aleppo), Iraq, Turkey, Lebanon (Beirut, which is stunning), Palestine (Jericho) ect. All these places are 5,000 – 11,000BC. Anyhow wasn’t the overated Stonehenge built in 3000 BC to 2000 BC where as Wayland’s Smithy was built between 3590 and 3550 BC. Surely Stonehenge can’t be a hot spot for tourists, there’s a bit of history there but shouldn’t be mentioned as a travel destination. Not like people travel there from all over the world… I also think a place in France should be mentioned as a lot of the older generation like to travel there! Anyhow the world has lovely places in every continent. My personal favourite would be Madagascar because of the wildlife.

  10. angkor watt was built by the dravidians a thousand years ago..i think if you ignore this fact you are ignoring the immense influence of this culture in asia..including the written script in thailand etc
    ..i agree about stonehenge..it really should not be there…there are many other more impressive historic sites

  11. I love this list! I’ve been in a few of this places.But next time you should include -The Castle in Niemodlin. It has very interesting story around it there is lots of stuff going on .Apparently there was 10 truck of gold hidden in the castle and some time ago they ever discover new secret tunnels. For more information Check out Niemodlin Website.

    http://polishcastle.uk/