Many of us plan a vacation with some cultural features in the itinerary, and the majority of these features belongs to an historical past we are very curious about.
History, past and anthropological spaces fascinate everybody and once abroad they are milestones that definitely worth a visit and more than one single picture. Attracted by the possibility to learn something and to better understand our ancestors and their ancient myths, millions of tourists visit every year archaeological sites.
Indeed there are so many stunning archaeological sites and features to be discovered in any part of the world, and we are sure, if you really love history you wouldn’t miss none! But among the many, which are the most visited archaeological sites?
According to travelandleisure.com. these are some of the most visited sites and ruins; we add a small description of each one just to invite you to visit some of them and book a fly! In the meantime, why don’t travel with imagination; it’s free of charge!
1- Great Wall of China, China: The great Wall of China is a series of fortifications built of stone, brick and other materials which aim was the protection of the Chinese states toward the several attacks of the nomadic groups of the Steppe.
The majority of these walls have been erected during the Ming dynasty, but being built on different ages, stiles and materials, some parts of the wall are now a day highly ruined and only some portions have been restored. Beside this, it has been declared a UNESCO Heritage Site in 1987 and it is recognized as one of the new 7 wonders of the World; it is one of the main attraction for tourists in the area and the most visited section of the Great Wall of China is in Badaling.
2- Coliseum, Rome, Italy: built of concrete and sand the largest oval amphitheater hosted several public spectacles, among which the renowned gladiatorial contests. Built during the Flavian dynasty, it is considered the symbol of Rome since past times; it ceased to be used in the Middle Ages and although partially ruined, now a day is a must for everyone visiting the Eternal City. It is considered a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1980.
3- Roman Forum, Rome, Italy: this rectangular square was for centuries the center of the Roman public life. Today it displays the ruins of some important architectural buildings like the Temple of Caesar, the Temple of Vespasian and Titus or the Basilica Iulia. It attracts yearly more than 4 million tourists fascinated by the ancient Roman vestiges.
4- Terracotta Army, Xi’an, China: the Terracotta Army is a collection of sculptures representing the army of the firs Emperor of China. realized as part of the funerary endowment of the emperor, the statues were symbolically meant to protect the deceased in its afterlife. The work have majestic dimensions and numerous elements portrayed like warriors, chariots and horses, together with other figures. Since 1987 they form part the UNESCO Heritage Site list.
5- Pyramids of Giza, Cairo, Egypt: being the oldest of the 7 Wonders of the Ancient World, the pyramid of Cheops is the largest of the three pyramids of the Giza complex, and all together they are part of the necropolis of Giza. Up to 1300 it was considered the tallest artificial structure in the world, later “surpassed” by the Lincoln Cathedral (U.K.). A lot of more or less scientific theories tried to explain the construction technique of the pyramids, but still many are the doubts and uncertainty on this issue. A symbol of Egypt through space and time, it attract millions of visitors every year.
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