Traveling is important as it lets you get familiar with the various aspects of the world. The society or civilization we see today has evolved since long and only by visiting the traces of the history we can understand it better. If you are a traveller and want few special places to add in your bucket list, Kunal Bansal Chandigarh blogger shares his 5 favorite and best historical sites to visit in the world that left him awestruck.
1.. Petra, Jordan
If you have never heard of this place, no problem. If you watch sci-fi movies and have seen Transformers, you might have seen the Jordanian Petra where Sam Witwicky found the ‘Matrix of Leadership.’ Also in the third instalment of Indiana Jones, this is the place where he had found the holy grail. The monument was found by a Swiss explorer in 1812, when he followed some tribesmen there. Before that, the place was long forgotten by the world. The place was declared UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1985. It is assumed that this site has its root from 6th century BC and at present is one of the Seven Wonders of the World.
2.. Machu Picchu
This magnificent piece of ancient civilization reminiscent exists on a mountain at the Southern part of Peru. You can get there either by a four day trek or by a train. The site used to be inhabitat by Inca civilization hence the name ‘Lost City of the Incas,’ was found again in 1911 by Hiram Bingham. The city was invaded by the Spanish causing the Incas to abandon the place. Machu Picchu was declared world heritage site in 1983 and it become one of the seven wonders of the world in 2007. The sight around here is sure delight to the eyes. With lush green mountains kissing the thick white clouds while looking all mystical. Hardly any other place has such appeal.
Not far from Salisbury is located Stonehenge, a 3000 years old megalithic structure. The stones used in creating the structure were brought from Wales, however, it’s still unclear how the builders managed to get such big pieces here. Scholars have tried replicating the same feat in order to go into depth but only ended up failing. Moreover, they are not sure why it was built, what purpose did it serve and only guessing a few possibilities. Visitors come running from across the globe not only to see it but also to feel the mystery behind this construction.
4.. Easter Island
Chile’s special territory, situated somewhere in the Pacific ocean, Eastern Island was once home to a civilization that carved statues out of rocks. Nothing else remains of the culture that once existed here. The stones that are seen laid and carved out in the open are made up of volcanic ash and attracts many tourists from all over the world. These statues remind us that the primitive civilization were actually pretty intelligent and not as primitive as we have portrayed them to be. It is believed that exhausting resources on the island led them to wage war and die.
5.. The Parthenon
The ravages of time is facing hardship. Time did take a toll on this gigantic Greek structure and yet it stands tall and proud. The temple dedicated to goddess Athena was built around 5th century BC, when Athenian empire was in its youth. However, the structure sustained substantial damage when the Persian invasion took place and a war erupted. In the next century i.e. 6th century, the monument was converted into a church for Mary mother of the god. Almost 10 centuries later near 1460s the place was turned into a mosque only to face Venetian bombardment in 1657. Most of the Parthenon is ruins but the basic structure still remains intact.
The world is filled with pieces of ancient civilizations that lived before us and propelled us where we are now. Kunal Bansal Chandigarh says, they are being forgotten and nobody is realising that. As fellow humans, the best we can do is visit these sites and share the magnificence they once used to be.