There are several phenomenal monuments scattered around the globe. Some of these monuments have a historical background, some of them are cultural hubs where as some of them have a certain importance to the people of certain religions and thereby have a religious importance. This article will highlight some of the most highly visited phenomenal monuments around the world. Most of these places are excellent tourist spots and as well as have a huge amount of historical knowledge connected to them that you can gain. Religious places, however, have a certain exclusivity. Read on to find out more.
10. The Kaaba
The first historical, cultural and most of all the biggest religious monument that we are going to mention is the Holy Kaaba also known as the House of Allah in the religion of Islam. The Kaaba is the biggest religious monument around the world and every year, millions upon millions of Muslims from around the globe come to The Kaaba to perform pilgrimage. One of the religious customs is for the followers of Islam to circle The Kaaba seven times in one go and the sight of so many people circling the Black Cube is astounding. It has also been observed that during the prayers, even the pigeons overhead circle The Kaaba.
9. Angkor Thom
The next phenomenal monument in the world will take us to Cambodia. Angkor Thom was once the capital of the Angkorian empire. This place is now a huge attraction for tourists with several temples that spike up your interest into what actually went on here. There is one temple in particular, the path to which is lined with more than 50 statues of devils. How time didn’t stop for this place is visible through the roots of the trees growing through the building structures and reaching up high in the sky.
8. Taj Mahal
The next place on our list is the epitome of eternal love, The Taj Mahal. It is a world heritage site and as history students would know in particular, the palace like structure is built of the shiniest of white marbles. This amazing monument was built by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan and he built it out of love for his wife Mumtaz Mahal although as point to be noted is that Mumtaz was his third wife. The whole monument covers an area of around 42 acres and is one of the most visited monuments around the world.
7. The Potala Palace
This next place is located in China and is named after a moutain. The most interesting thing about this monument is the fact that it was the official residence of Dalai Lama before taking cover in India. This palace has now been converted into a museum and the monument enjoys countless tourists every year.
6. The Blue Mosque
Next on out list of phenomenal monuments around the world is the famous Blue Mosque from Istanbul Turkey. It is actually know as the Sultan Ahmed Mosque but the whole mosque is decorated with blue tiles and thus the name “The Blue Mosque”. Millions of people gather here for religious as well tourism purposes and it is one of the main attraction of the largest city in Turkey.
5. Wah Phra Si Sanphet, Thailand
If you were looking for a touch of the really ancient type of monument then this next entry would really delight you. The Wat Phra Si Sanphet is a temple in Thailand. It was built in 1448 A.D and is one of the Royal temples that were constructed at that time. The most amazing thing about this place is the way it has been preserved over the years. It is a beautiful sight to witness and leaves no doubt in your mind as to why it is known as one of the most phenomenal monuments in the world.
4. Moai, Easter Island
We are all aware about Easter Island right? Next on out list of phenomenal monuments around the world are these huge structures or statues whichever you prefer. It is said that these structures which are at least 80 tones in weight were made by the Rapa Nui people and this happened between the 12th and the 15th century. This place was also a part of our article on bizarre places in the world and for the right reasons since we are still unsure about how the people from those ages were able to make them.
3. Lincoln Memorial
Next on our list of phenomenal monuments around the world we have the Lincoln Memorial. This monument was constructed to commemorate the great Abraham Lincoln, a former President of the United States. Abraham stood for hope as he took the country past the Civil War and it is that hope that makes the US nation what they are today. It is no doubt a very forbearing statue but it stands for all the right values and therefore is one of the most celebrated monuments in the US.
2. Jefferson National Expansion Memorial
Next up on our list of phenomenal monuments around the world is the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial. It is one of the most astonishing and awe-inspiring architectural achievement as well as being an amazing monument. This monument is also situated in the United States of America and attracts a lot of tourists every year. The memorial basically commemorates what is know as the Louisiana Purchase, the first civil government and the debate over slavery. The distinctive feature is obviously the Gateway Arch which itself is 630 foot high.
1. Mount Rushmore Keystone
Last but not the least, Mount Rushmore appears on our list of phenomenal monuments around the world, being yet another entry from the US. As can be seen from the image above and known from countless classes in History, Mount Rushmore commemorates the four presidents of the US namely George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln and Theodore Roosevelt. Millions of tourists flock to America’s most famous memorial slash monument and trust, it is really something to stand under the 60 foot foreboding faces of the four presidents.