Mankind has left an indelible mark on the world around him. Ever since the beginning of recorded human history, we have been on the cusp of discovery and exploration. There are so many historic landmarks that stand as a proof of man’s relentless efforts to make his mark on the world. From the remnants of ancient civilizations to mysterious monuments etched in stone to the more well-known landmarks, there is much to see. If you are a lover of ancient things then, these historic landmarks are exactly what you need to see. If you’re going on a global journey or if you love reading up on historic landmarks, you surely don’t want to miss out on any of the sites we mention.
The Pyramids of Giza, Egypt: The three stately monuments, the Pyramids of Giza in Egypt have a story that baffles even the most well-read archaeologists and architects of the modern world. It is a wonder that leaves jaws dropping because it is absolutely impossible to believe that people of ancient Egypt would have the means to create three monuments that seem to defy all rules of physics. And yet, despite conspiracy theories, the fact behind the building of the pyramids is quite simple but it is a story that points to the well-planned ideas of the people of ancient times. The Pyramids of Giza have always been one of the greatest wonders of the world and have been in the list of the Seven Wonders of the world for obvious reasons.
Stonehenge, Salisbury, UK: Europe’s best-known prehistoric site, the mysterious Stonehenge is said to have originated as a sculpted earthwork more than 5,000 years ago. Approximately in 2150 BC, more than 80 blue stones were believed to have been transported to this site by unspecified means. Some scholars say that there may have been an ancient worship site here, some others go as far as to state that this could have been the sight of an ancient human burial ground while others speculate that it could have been an ancient astronomic site or an observatory.
Machu Picchu, Peru: Located in Southern Peru, this ruined city is perched atop a mountain which is accessible by train or a four-day long trek. The Machu Picchu is said to have been an important cultural centre for the Inca civilization but was abandoned when the Spanish invaded the area. It is famously known as the ‘Lost City of the Incas’. The area was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1983 and is on the list of the new Seven Wonders of the World. It’s a beautiful site to visit or read about if you want to know more about the Inca Civilization.
Petra, Jordan: Carved into a canyon in Arabah, Jordan, Petra became popular thanks to the Hollywood film, ‘Indiana Jones’. The site was discovered in 1812 when an explorer followed some local tribesmen to the region. It had been forgotten by the west until its discovery. Its origins are unknown, but archaeologists believe that it had settlers as early as the 6th century BC. The site declined under Roman rule and was completely abandoned after the 4th century. This site is also on the list of the new Seven Wonders of the World. The story of Petra and its origins are one you really would love to know more about.
Moai Statues, Easter Island: Located in the Pacific Ocean, Easter Island is a special territory protected by Chile and is home to the Moai statues. These statues are the only thing that is proof of a rich culture that once lived here. These gigantic and impressively carved heads are another example that states that the ancient people were not primitive by any means but were far more advanced than we are. The people living here today are all that is left of large tribes that once lived on this island until continuous wars killed them all.
As mentioned earlier, the historic landmarks mentioned on the list are mostly untouched by technology of modern times and most have a history that predates the Christ Era. These historic landmarks evidences to our ancient ancestors’ supremacy are all that remains of their culture today.