Thinking of a place to visit while learning a bit of the place’s ancient history? Why try the ancient ruins of long-gone civilizations? Not only you get to visit the place you also get to brush up your ancient history subject while having your vacation. That makes your vacation like an educational tour.
The lists below are some best places to travel in the world to travel and to see works of the ancients. The ruins are quite a sight to see and a testament to the knowledge and skills of the ancients. When visiting these places you can imagine sometimes how the ancients live while at the same time you can’t help admire their works which have endured erosion of the passage of the centuries or eons that we modern people now view.
5. Great Wall of China
Location: Badaling, China
“Great Wall” indeed since the length of the wall is measured at 21,196 km or 13,171 m which makes it the biggest wall you can find in the world. Built by the first Emperor of China, Qin Shi Huang who unified the country through war and established the Qin Dynasty after his ascension. Using slaves by the hundreds of thousands and materials like stones, wood, tiles, limes and rammed earth the Great Wall’s function is to prevent the barbarians north of China from invading the country. In today’s era some sections of the Wall have fallen due to weather and erosion of time, but some parts of it are still intact and are open to tourists who thinks that the Wall is one of the best places to travel in the world.
4. The Colosseum
Location: Rome, Italy
Ah yes, the glory of ancient Rome. One of the things we associate with ancient Rome aside from togas, centurions and emperors is the gladiator’s games and naturally the place where said gladiators games are held is the Rome’s Colosseum. Also known as the Flavian Amphitheatre it was considered to be the largest of Rome amphitheaters. The place is basically the ancient equivalent of our modern movie theater. Aside from the bloody gladiatorial games one can watch dramas based on Greco-Roman mythology, land and sea battle reenactments, and executions. The entertainment is live and bloody compared to modern standards, but that’s how the ancient Roman’s entertained themselves. Today no games are held since it is now one of the best places to travel in the world for tourists.
3. The Terracotta Army
Location: Xi’an, China
Another one of the Qin Shi Huang legacy to the modern world. The first Emperor of China had this army of terracotta soldiers made to protect and accompany him in the afterlife. The practice of making terracotta soldiers to protect and accompany a Chinese ruler is not limited to the first Emperor of China. What is different about Qin Shi Huang’s terracotta army is the detail of said army. Each soldier has distinct and unique clothing, style of hair and facial features that are so intricately detailed. Some archeologists think that each terracotta soldier is modeled after a real one. The Terracotta army is not an ancient ruin though the place they are located is part of the First Emperor’s necropolis complex which is an ancient ruin.
2. Pyramids of Giza
No other ancient ruin is iconic than the Giza Pyramids and one cannot separate Egypt’s identity from the pyramids that are the only remaining Wonder of the Seven Ancient Wonders. While located in a desert this ancients ruins that are one best places to travel in the world is nearby Cairo and with a guide any tourist can get to the pyramids without any hassle. Now considered a UNESCO World Heritage the means on how the ancient Egyptians built the place still is debatable.
1. City of Pompeii
It is very rare to find an ancient place that is well-preserved considering that weather and time can erode and erase such sites. One place that has defied the passage of time is the City of Pompeii. What makes this site as one of the best places to travel in the world is the fact that the city is relatively intact. What preserved the city is the nearby active volcano of Mount Vesuvius who blew its top during 79 AD. Another feature of the site is the plaster casts of the molds that were created when the people and animals were covered by the volcano’s ash. One could see the last moments of the citizens who lived here.
While the people and the society who built these ancients ruins are long gone to the passage of time they have their works (more or less intact) as a testament of their existence.