The world has so many beautiful places to see! Unfortunately, time moves too fast and life gets too busy to be able to see them all. Where does one start? We have you covered. Here today, we have gathered together a list of some of the greatest places around the globe, guaranteed to awaken your inner wanderlust. Here are 10 beautiful places you must add to your bucket list.
- The Colosseum: Rome, Italy
They say that Rome wasn’t built in a day. And with just one look at the Colosseum in Rome, you will believe it too. Known as the largest amphitheater ever built, this beautiful edifice is located in the heart of Italy. The arena built in AD 70 can house up to 80,000 spectators and it used to be the venue of gladiatorial contests, public speaking battles, and even executions. The Colosseum was erected beautifully from concrete and sand, however due to earthquakes and stone-robbers, it has been partially ruined. Nevertheless, The Colosseum remains a great historical interest for historians, archeologists, and tourist alike, forever an icon of Imperial Rome.
- Christ the Redeemer: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
The all-seeing Christo Redentor (also known as The Christ the Redeemer) in Brazil stands tall at 39 m over Rio de Janeiro. This status of Jesus is the largest art-deco statue in the world and possesses a stunning view over Brazil’s second largest city. The statue, created by the French sculptor Paul Landowski, became a symbol of Christianity across the world and also put Brazil as one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. The statue is not just impressive because of its size, but it is also iconic because of the beautiful setting surrounding it. This landmark is truly heaven on Earth!
- Niagara Falls: Border of Ontario, Canada
Contrary to what some may believe, Niagara Falls is actually composed of three waterfalls, situated on the international border between Canada and the United States. These famous falls can be viewed in the province of Ontario in Canada and in the state of New York. Niagara Falls is not exceptionally high, but it stands out because of its massive width. This work of nature never fails to charm all the 28 million tourist who visit each year. At night, dancing lights illuminate this work of art. There are also numerous areas where you can bask in Niagara Falls’ beauty. There is a boat cruise which carries passenger into whirlpools beneath the falls. You can also enjoy a panoramic aerial view of this by a helium balloon ride, or helicopters available in the area. In addition to its beauty, Niagara Falls is also a valuable source of hydroelectric energy in the United States.
- Eiffel Tower: Paris, France
No travel list is ever complete without the Eiffel Tower in Paris. Especially for hopeless romantics, this tower in France is the most sought-after holiday destination over the years. It’s also the world’s most visited paid attraction. The highest tower over all Paris was first constructed during the 1889 World Fair and it was originally hated by the French people. Since then, the elegant iconic tower transformed into a national symbol of power and even of love. Paris will never be Paris without the Eiffel Tower. And up to this day, this tower still offers the best place to view the city of love.
- Machu Picchu, Peru
Machu Picchu is a 15th century Inca citadel situated on a mountain ridge above sea level. This UNESCO World Heritage is the world’s best known archeological site built around 1450. A century later, the estate was abandoned, gaining its title of “The Lost City”. The civilization was brought to international attention once again when an American historian, Hiram Bingham, found it in 1911. The restoration and reconstruction of Machu Picchu was started in 1976. The reconstruction does not aim to replace the original structure, but rather to give tourists a better idea of how the heritage originally appeared. Today, Machu Picchu is a part of the New Seven Wonders of the World.
- Leaning Tower of Pisa: Pisa, Italy
Here is a tangible proof that a structure doesn’t need to be perfect in order to be spectacular. The Tower of Pisa in Italy is so famous because of its unintentional lean or ‘tilt’. The tower was planned to stand proudly but during its construction sometime in the 12th century, the tower began tilting because of inadequate foundation support. The ground became too soft on one side causing the tilt to increase before the structure was even completed in the 14th century. There were numerous efforts to correct the tilt and others has been partially successful but to this day, the tower still stands leaning on one side making it stand out over other structures not just in the city but in the whole world as well.
- The Great Pyramid: Giza, Egypt
The Great Pyramid at Giza represents one of the oldest human civilizations ever identified. Constructed between 2584 and 2561 BCE for the Egyptian pharaoh Khufu, this pyramid represents one of the largest of its kind and the largest of the three pyramids at Giza. It is an amazing work of early engineering, having nearly perfect symmetry, which makes it a great attraction and one of the greatest wonders of the Ancient World.
- The Great Wall of China
The Great Wall of China is so great that it is the only man-made structure that can possibly be seen from space. Several parts of the wall were built as early as the 7th century BC. Later constructions were joined together to create a bigger, stronger, and longer wall now collectively called The Great Wall of China. Having a length of around 21,196 km, the original purpose of building the Great Wall was to add fortification at the borders of China against various nomadic groups. The wall, originally built by the emperors of China, has already been rebuilt, maintained and enhanced, and only a little part of the original wall remains. All the same, The Great Wall of China is still one of the greatest structures the human race has ever seen.
- Angkor Wat, Cambodia
UNESCO World Heritage considers Angkor Wat in Cambodia the largest religious complex in the world. The site was originally built as a Hindu temple of the god Vishnu, but was transformed into a Buddhist temple towards the end of the 12th century. Up to now, this true wonder houses the mysterious lost city of the Khmer Empire, which was abandoned for unknown reasons in the 15th century. Angkor Wat has become a symbol of Cambodia, boasting its unparalleled magnificence in architecture.
- Uluru, Australia
Last but definitely not the least is Uluru, Northern Territory in Australia. Uluru is also known as the Ayers Rock. It is a sandstone rock formation that has been a sacred site for the Native Australians who believe that spirits of the dead live there. True or untrue, this 1,142-ft. high picturesque sandstone inspires both awe and wonder, as Uluru is notable in glowing red hues across the sky at dawn and dusk.
Which of these beautiful places are you determined to add to your bucket list? How many of these have you already checked off?