The world that we live in is full of pleasant surprises. There are those which have been gifted to man by nature while there are those man has managed to create on his own as a way of proving the talent given to him by God. These beautiful antique structures have been listed as part of the wonders of the world. There are those which have been in existence since time immemorial whilst there are some which have also ceased. Discussed herein are some of the top ten antique places in the world that needs to make up part of your bucket list.
At number one is Teotihuacán located on the bay of Mexico. There are a set of pyramid design like structures that are known locally as the Teotihuacán. History has it that the structure was built through the pre-Columbia age. This amazing place is made up of residential houses, murals as well as pyramids. It is actually believed that the place was a city to over 100,000 people.
2. Karnak Temple
Number two on the list is Karnak temple that is situated neat Luxor, Egypt. The construction is breath taking and one wonders how the early generation managed to build such mega structures with perfection without the aid of computer technology. It is a story of how heavily modern architectural design has borrowed from the past. Historians believe that the temple was constructed somewhere around the 16th century. It tells the story the advancement of Thebes.
3. Bagan Temples and Pagodas
Sitting comfortably at number three is Bagan Temple and Pagodas. Whereas it lies in ruins today, it is a story of genius. It is situated in Burma as the original city of Baga. It is believed to have been the epicenter of early civilization. Presently, a majority of temples and Pagoda are in deplorable conditions and are in dire need of urgent repair lest they fall down. This has been brought particularly by the refusal of the Burma military to have the temples be recognized as part of the world heritage site.
4. Forbidden City
Number four on the list is Forbidden City which is located in Beijing China. Many visitors to Beijing, China frequent this place to see what it has to offer. The city came into existence in the 1400s. Presently, there is not much left of the city but a number of buildings that approximate to 980 sited on an area of 7.8 million square foot. A majority of the buildings are under the management of Palace Museum; nevertheless, there are those which are still being utilized by the Chinese government. When walking through the city, one cannot but help notice the magnificent artwork that was gathered through the entire period of Quing and Ming reigns. In addition, the city is a story of Chinese culture.
5. Angkor Wat
At number five is Angkor Wat which is situated in Cambodia and was for many decades the capital city of Cambodia. Even though the place has been abandoned, it still holds a significance value in terms of religion to Cambodians. Historians believe that it was built around the 12th century by the then King Surtavarman II. Its image constitutes part of the Cambodian National flag.
At number six is Bali a significant part of Indonesian history and well renowned location worldwide that attracts thousands of tourists from all over the world. Coincidentally, the most of Hindu population in Indonesia are located in Bali. Some of the things that Bali is known for it’s the artwork and cultural events that takes place therein.
7. Machu Picchu
At number seven and situated somewhere in Urumbamba Valley in Peru is Machu Picchu. The antique site is believed to have been constructed by the Inca tribe just before the arrival of Columbian. The place acted at as a sit of power for the Inca rulers for approximately 100 years. When Inca rule fell, the place was abandoned and remained dormant until 1911. There is however conflicting documented history reports that show the site was rediscovered in 1847.
8. Taj Mahal
At number nine and renowned world over is Taj Mahal. The Taj Mahal was constructed as a monument of eternal love by the Emperor Shah Jahan Taj Mahal for his dearly departed wife. It is located somewhere in Agra, India and has been named as part of the eight wonders of the world. Many visitors to India visit the Taj Mahal to just see what the emperor had to build in memory of his wife. No doubt that it is a significant part of history. The architectural design is just but amazing as it makes use of Persian, Indian as well as Islamic architecture in its design.
9. Great Wall of China
At number nine is the Great Wall of China. It is still amazing how it is the only footprint of the earth that can be viewed from the moon. The great wall comprises of sets of wall located along the north part of China. Its main purpose was to safeguard the country from external invasion. It is believed that the wall was approximately 5,500 miles long.
10. Giza Pyramid Complex
At number ten and definitely not the least is Giza Pyramid Complex located in Cairo Egypt. It forms part of the Seven Wonders of the World and attracts millions of visitors worldwide each year.