Historical Landmarks You Should See Before You Die
Everyone has a bucket list. Things they want to achieve, do at least once in their lifetimes. For someone, it is attempting a bungee jump. For another, it’s visiting some dream destination. Here are five places everyone, whether a traveler or not, deserves to see at least once in a lifetime.
The Taj Mahal
It had to be on the list. Most Indians have paid this monument a visit. Just like all Bollywood fans have seen Sholay or DDLJ. And anyone visiting India has also seen this. Emblem of love and all. But it is the impressive architecture that makes it stand apart. And perhaps the story that Shah Jahan got the arms of the artisans chopped off is also of some interest to history buffs.
Again, another obvious choice for this list. The Pyramids are one of the original seven wonders of the worlds and are an incredible feat or engineering, especially when you think they were built thousands of years ago. The pyramids are a great study in a civilization’s belief in the afterlife. The story of Pharaoh Tutankhamen and the curse he put on potential invaders of his tomb is incredible.
Finished in AD 82, this was another example of the Romans’ might and advancement. An amphitheater for social events. It is another thing that the Colosseum witnessed deaths and death spectacles being lapped up by a fiery audience.
Great Wall of China
They say it is the only monument visible from outer space. Whether that is true or not, the Great Wall of China remains on every traveler’s bucket list.
It surely is a wonder when you find out that a 600-year-old civilization thrived approximately 8000 feet above sea level, hidden somewhere in a valley, and the remains of which are still quite intact.
Some modern ones too:
Millenium Park, Chicago
Anish Kapoor will probably go down history as a star installation artist. His art installations aren’t just big, they challenge your sense of proportion and yet they are simple enough to comprehend. His Cloud Gate at Millennium Park has had visitors hooked for hours.
Sydney Opera House – Because it’s beautiful, it’s iconic.
Eiffel Tower – No explanation required.
Gondola Ride in Venice – It’s one of the most romantic things to do. Love flows through Venice, and this is the closest you can get to Cupid in its most romanticized forms. Take the ride not just once, but many times. You just can’t get enough.