- On December 1, 2017
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8 Dream Destinations for History Buffs
There’s no better way to immerse yourself in the history of past civilisations than to physically explore the fascinating legacies they’ve left behind. Every traveller is granted the opportunity to revisit the eras of the past; all they need is a thirst for adventure!
For those thrill-seekers who cannot help but explore every monument, admire every artwork, and absorb every ounce of culture that comes their way – here’s our selection of dream destinations that every History buff must see:
1. Machu Picchu, Peru
The famous lost city of Machu Picchu paints an unforgettable picture of the great civilisation that once flourished there. Predating the practice of archaeology itself, the city is a tribute to the Incan Empire of 1462 AD. Following its rediscovery in 1911, the city draws visitors with its iconic Temple of the Sun, Room of the Three Windows, and the mesmerising Intihuatana Stone.
2. Stonehenge, United Kingdom
Countless interpretations have been put forth but no explanation is satisfactory enough for the thousands of travellers, who need to see the United Kingdom’s legendary Stonehenge in order to believe it. From mystical healing powers to proof of extra-terrestrial life, Stonehenge offers visitors a chance to bask in the wonders of history’s mysteries.
3. Cairo, Egypt
The Land of the Nile is known for its cultural diversity and historical significance, earning Egypt a prized place on every avid traveller’s list. From the great Pyramids of Gaza, to the Valley of the Kings, the breathtaking sights of Egypt are sure to make any visitor feel as if they’re instantly transported to the past.
4. Angkor Wat, Cambodia
Of all the breathtaking temples found in Cambodia, there is no doubting the historical relevance of Angkor Wat. Built by King Suryavarman the Second, in the early 12th Century, the temple is famous for being the only West-facing temple, along with the sheer grandeur and beauty of its design.
5. Khajuraho, Madhya Pradesh, India
Amongst the innumerable temples of India, there are a handful that hold a special cultural and historical significance. Standing as breathtaking examples of ancient Indian architecture, the temples of Khajuraho are made from sandstone. Only 20 remain of the original 85 that were built, but they still showcase the iconic sculptures and artworks, acting as a eulogy to both life and love.
6. Chichen Itza, Mexico
Deep in the wild lands of the Yucatan Peninsula, lies one of history’s most famous ruins of the ancient Mayan civilisation. A fusion of the Mayan and Toltec civilisations, Chichen Itza provides history lovers with a collection of stunning architecture, from its massive altars to its scaling pyramids and observatories. This UNESCO World Heritage site also boasts of famous attractions such as the Great Hall Court, the Temple of the Warriors and El Castillo.
7. Athens, Greece
The Acropolis of Athens is filled with spectacular monuments that date back to the ancient Greek civilisation, showcasing their prowess for architectural grandeur. Travellers from across the world are still drawn to this magical destination, for a glimpse of the four icons of classic Greek art — the Marvel at Propylaea, the Athena Nike temple, Erechtheum and the Pantheon.
8. Petra, Jordan
Even before being declared as a World Heritage Site in 1985, Petra was famously known for the iconic pink sandstone that features in its stunning architecture. The ‘Rose City’ dates as far back as 312 B.C, and is home to hundreds of ancient structures, such as buildings, tombs, baths and temples.