If you are like me, then you will enjoy any place which has even a tad bit of historical relevance. I have always been an avid fan of history and have relished historical places to an immeasurable extent. For us, there is a story in every relic and we do not fall back when it comes taking a sip from the pool of curiosity and amazement—of that, I am incredibly proud.
The idea of writing an article on a related matter occurred to me when I started reading The Silk Roads: A New History of the World recently. The entire world is a massive web connected by overlapping and critical events which have gone on to define the present world in some way or the other. The infrastructure and the reading material the past has left behind are what which continue to keep us connected with history. So, I thought, it would be fun writing about some really incredible places and buildings which every history Geek should visit.
I have compiled a list of the top five such places, though they are in no order of preference. Of course, the list is not definitive but surely gives a nice headstart. So, let us begin with our adventure!
- Cairo, Egypt
If you read even a little about Egypt, you would know that many great kingdoms emerged from that country. We had the Mamluks facing the dreaded Mongols and who transformed the regional power game, which was once dominated by Romans and Mongols. There was Queen Cleopatra, and then many Great Kings and Pharaohs who left behind a legacy which defines the history of the region.
Cairo, the capital city, in particular, is home to many relics which make it one of the most visited places in the world: from the lifeline of the country, Nile to a series of well-known monuments of great historical interest such as the Great Phoenix and Pyramid at Giza adorn the city. It is a city which will pique anyone’s interest, whether or not you like history.
- Taj Mahal, Agra, India
Just like in any other country, India has many interesting places to interest history geeks. But, I will stick to the world-famous reflection of eternal love, Taj Mahal. Situated in the city of Agra in the state of Uttar Pradesh, the monument is essentially a mausoleum which the Emperor Shah Jahan had constructed for his beloved Mumtaz Mahal.
One of the many aspects of the monument which stand out is its all-white marble exterior which shines brilliantly. Inside, you will be a witness to beautiful engravings and gems and stones which will leave you in awe.
- Machu Picchu, Peru
South America has been home to some of the earliest as well as advanced human civilizations, many of which have been lost with time. Those which remain stand as brilliant examples of how phenomenal our ancestors were. Machu Picchu in Peru stands as a glorious mention in this list.
The city was built way back in 15th century AD but was only discovered in the early 20th century. The city stands as the collection of the surviving remnants of the largest empire in pre-Columbian America, Inca Empire. Over here, you can see for yourself the ingenuity of the people of that time. Make sure you do not miss out on the Temple of the Sun, Intihuatana Stone and the Room of Three Windows.
- Athens, Greece
The capital city of Greece was once a powerful City-State and the lifeline of the Ancient Greek Civilisation. The Acropolis of the city houses many remaining monuments from the past which manifest the ideologies, cultural and religious beliefs of the Greeks. From the Pantheon to the Athena Nike Temple, you will be thrilled to witness the sacred places for real which you only built when you used to play Age of Mythology.
If you are interested in Greek Mythology, then this place will give you goosebumps. There was a time when the world gaped at the architectural feats of the Greeks, and these monuments are some of the finest examples.
- Stonehenge, Wiltshire, England, UK
History has had its own romance with the United Kingdom. The country is more known for its imperialistic ambitions in the past; however, I believe there is something which has relevance at par if not more with those ambitions I just talked about.
Stonehenge is a Neolithic monument and is said to have been built in various stages. While there is no consensus on how old the monument is, historians believe that it could be as old as 3000 BC. Though uncertain of what its actual utility was back in the past, many believe it was probably used a burial ground. Stonehenge is an opportunity to revist the manifestations of the early human civilizations, and you must not miss it.
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