We bought to you a lot of different articles on places that you can visit in the summers or beautiful natural landscapes scattered around the world. We bought you selections of the most beautiful beaches around the world the most beautiful fields but this time around we bring you something a little bit different. When you see them in the movies or in some documentary, have you ever felt that sudden inclination to visit one of the ruins of the world? Do you feel the curiosity building up inside you compelling you to find out how the ruin was constructed in the first place and how did it endure the test of time? Well hold your horses ladies and gentlemen because here is present the top ten ruins around the world including temples, each having a tale so different yet somehow connected to the rest as if by magic that dates back to the start of the human generation.
10. The Colosseum in Italy
The first destination that we have on our list of ruins around the world is something we are sure you will be very familiar with. We are talking about the Colosseum in Rome. Can you people believe that the place actually tends to 6.9 million tourists and visitors every single year? As most of you would know, the Colosseum is the ruin of an arena that was built in 80 A.D and had the capacity to seat around 50,000 people. The movie Gladiator was based on one of the type of fights that took place in the Colosseum at that time. The place along with its underground chambers is now open to public.
9. The Parthenon in Greece
The next destination on our list of ruins around the globe will take you to Greece as we shall be reminiscing about the famous Parthenon. It is one of the most important architectural examples amongst the buildings of Greece. Being a temple of the Greek Goddess Athena, this building has been preserved for a very long time since it was built in 5th century BC. It has a lot of sculptures and it is said that these sculptures dictate and stand for the advancement of Greek art. As far as cultural monuments go, this one is perhaps the most famous democratic structure that has been preserved and restoration plans are underway.
8. The Angkor Wat in Cambodia
This next place is located in Cambodia and is again not one but a huge collection of temples. This ruin covers an area of more than 450 acres. The most astonishing part about this ruin is the fact that the jungle has nearly eaten the entire ruin of Angkor. There are several towers in the ruin and some of them are as high as 66 meters especially those that surround the main temple of Angkor Wat. The second sight that you should really not miss if you happen to be at this Ruin is that off the Ta Prom temple. Nature has really shown its might here as vines and roots extend and breakthrough concrete structure as trees say hello to the sky. Another astonishing sight would be that of Angkor Tom for the forbearing path that leads up to it as it is lined with a total of 108 statues of Gods and Demons.
7. Longmen Grottoes in China
This next ruin destination on our list is that of Longmen Grottoes in China that is home to nearly 1 million tourists every year. The specialty of this ruin is the statues of male and female Buddha’s that have been carved into nearly fifteen hundred caves. Imagine the work that must have gone into making this happen. These 110,000 statues are magnanimous, some being as tall as 25 feet. The place will certainly give you an out of this world feeling.
6. Roman Baths in England
You would think that the Roman baths would be in Rome but no sir, we are now taking you to Bath, England. In the days of the Romans the city was actually known as Aquae Sulis and the main purpose of the city was to be a bathing complex or a spa town if you will. The name comes from goddess Suli who was sacred to the Celts (who ruled before the romans) and they dedicated the hot springs to her. Central to Bath is a temple of Sulis Minerva which the Romans built to honor their goddess Minerva.
5. Ephesus in Turkey
This next ruin has recently been restored to become economically beneficial. It is a Roman Ruin but the whole place has been rebuilt so that this Turkish village in which it is located give of an aura that might have existed more than 2000 years ago. If you are there by any chance, try to find out the famous advertisement for a brothel of the by gone era that has been carved into stone.
4. Acropolis in Athens
We have already mentioned the ruin named Parthenon but we felt it necessary to mention another spot that qualifies to be a ruin in the same area and gets approximately 2 million visitors every year. We are talking about the citadel names Acropolis. See for yourself in the image that has been attached.
3. The Terracotta Army in China
The next ruin around the globe that we will introduce you too is the Terracotta Army in China. This ruin was discovered in the year 1974 and gets around 4.5 million visitors every year. Apart from everything else, the clay figures include 700 life size army men each with a different style, expression and clothing defining their various ranks. Ain’t this simply amazing?
2. Mogao Grottoes (Caves of the Thousand Buddha’s) in China
The next destination on our list of the ruins around the world is a place that plays host to more than 750,000 visitors and tourists every year. That in itself is a good enough reason to go and visit if ruins are your area of interest. As the name indicated Mogao Grottoes is another place where the monks dug more than 400 caves and erected 2000 structures of Buddha’s. The art surrounding the Buddha’s presents a whole other story depicting the history and daily lives of the monks.
1. Petra in Jordan
Last but certainly not the least, we come to a place for which the credit goes to the Arabs of Jordan especially the Nabataeans group. Petra is the spot where red cliffs have been carved with perfection such that the tombs and temples created via carving are nothing short of magnificent, something to be inspired by since they are nearly 500 in number. Jordan is known for its silk routes back when this place was alive and this meant a humongous influence from the Germans, the Egyptians and the Romans which can be seen in the carvings.