When it comes to tourists, people are usually divided in two groups. The first one is the group of the people who want to relax and go directly to the beach. The next group is the group of the people who want to explore, to visit significant places and historical sites.
Today we have prepared some information about the people interested in world history. There are, of course, a lot of historical sites which a lot of people from around the world know, like Machu Picchu and the Pyramids. And as much as these places are interesting and worth visiting, they are not the only ones out there.
There are many other historical sites which are worth visiting but are not as popular as the other ones and that is why they are left in the shadows. Today we decided to present these places to you so you can consider visiting them sometime. Check them out!
#1 Leshan Giant Buddha
The first of the places you can consider visiting if you are interested in historical sites is the Giant Buddha in Leshan. This Buddha figure is carved in the cliffs in southern China where three river meet – the Minjiang, Dadu and Qingyi rivers. The site is no accident. Since the three rivers meet there, the waters are quite rough. People expected that the giant Buddha figure would calm the rushing waters.
Apart from being one of the highest Buddha figures in the world (71 meters), it is also one of the oldest such. It was constructed by a Chinese monk in 713. The building of the giant Buddha took about 90 years. The reason for this long period of building was mainly connected to the size of the figure and the fact that it was constructed on and off.
#2 Hatra, Iraq
The next historical site is quite an old one which also means there are a lot of events connected to it. Hatra is an antique city located to the northwest of Baghdad, Iraq. It was built in the 3rd century BC. It may now be located in this country, but in fact first it was the capital of the first Arab kingdom. Then the Iranians took it by force in 241.
A lot of the ruins are well preserved today and they can reveal a lot about the Parthian Empire and history. An interesting fact about this place is that many of you may remember it from the opening scenes of the movie The Exorcist.
#3 Monte Albán, Mexico
Mexico and South America are some of the places with a lot of preserved historical sites. A lot of people have heard about Machu Picchu in Peru and andChichen Itza in Mexico. But there are also other interesting places you can visit if you are interested in history and would like to visit some ancient ruins. One of them is Monte Albán.
Monte Albán is located in southern Mexico. It is a site where the ruins have been preserved for centuries. They date back to 500 BC, or even earlier. If you decide to visit the place, you will learn a lot about the Zapotec culture from that time.
Each of the parts of the site had its specific functions. There is a main square and homes of the elite residents. And, of course, there are a lot of tombs still preserved today. There is a lot one can learn about these people’s culture just from the ruins in Monte Albán.
#4 Lascaux Cave, France
The next historic cite in our list is actually the oldest one in it. When it comes to history of people, it is likely that one think of the first people ever lived on the planet. What is left from them is not ruins since they lives in caves, but something that shows modern-day people how they lived. And all of this is thanks to the paintings left on the caves in which they lived.
One of the places where you could see Paleolithic paintings made by people is Lascaux Caves in France. This is a group of caves in southwest France. The paintings in the caves are about 17,300 years old. As you can probably guess already, the paintings show animals and people from that time which allows scientists to come to the conclusions about their way of living.
#5 Fossil Hominid Sites of Sterkfontein
The further we move back to history, the southern we go. From Europe we move to the Cradle of Humankind which is Africa. There are 36 limestone caves which are located in South Africa and are one of the sites that reveals some information about the history of humankind through a number of hominid fossils. They are about 3.5 million years old. The conditions in the caves allowed the fossils to become almost untacked through the years and to allow scientists to find early human skulls and skeletons.