To where the world is heading, we must look into the past. Ancient history lives strong today and showcases still-standing, remarkable structures around the world. These ancient sites boost local tourism, but it’s a no brainer, these statues, buildings or monuments are some of the most magnificently designed structures on the planet. Take a walk, or snap a photo of the best archeological sites around the globe.
The Roman Forum | Italy
When in Rome, visit the Roman Forum and the Colloseum. This jaw dropping section of Italy is still being searched with archeologists discovering more ancient structures. This site includes Julius Caesar’s assassination location, Roman Market Place, Senate, and the center of Imperial Power. Roaming the Roman Forum can take a full day, but luckily local cafes serving pizza and gelato are footsteps away.
Easter Island Statues | Chile
Traditionally known as “moai,” are 9.9-meter statues made from compressed volcanic ash. More than 390 of these statues stand across Easter Island, or Rapa Nui. Construction began around 1000AD and although they look like tiki masks, out of respect, try to keep hands off the standing structures.
Machu Picchu | Peru
Built around 1450 in the height of the Incan empire, the word Machu Picchu translates to “Old Peak.” In 1911, American Historian, Hiram Bingham, rediscovered the abandoned city and today is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Known as a breathtaking experience, Machu Picchu unfortunately suffers from too much tourism and visitor limitations have been recently instated.
The Great Pyramid | Egypt
The Pyramids are probably one of the most popular ancient archeological site. These mysterious structures comprise of 2.5 million tons of limestone and leave travelers questioning how these magnificent structures were created. The Great Pyramid originally stood 481 feet tall and covered 13 acres of land. These BC structures are a must-see as they are some of the most ancient constructions still standing.
Petra was one of the most ancient “lost cities,” but luckily rediscovered in 1800’s. This prehistoric structure is situated between the Red Sea and the Dead Sea. Petra is half-built in the red rock surrounded by mountains and gorges. This ancient city fuses eastern traditions with Hellenistic architecture.
Stonehenge | England
Located in Salisbury, England, this prehistoric monument is near 5,000 years old. The purpose of Stonehenge is still unknown but the monument comprises of small and large stones, with some standing at 30-feet in height.
Sacsayhuaman | Peru
Located outside Cusco, Peru, this walled complex used to be the capital of the Inca Empire. This is a testament of the precision of ancient Incan architecture as the rock slabs snug together so tightly its near impossible to anything through this hair-pinned construction.
Elizabeth is a fitness professional, workshop presenter and freelance writer. She is an active traveler who treks the globe looking for interesting stories to write and places to photograph. Her most significant travel achievements include living and volunteering in Australia twice and studied yoga in India.