What Are the Most Famous Places in the World?

What Are the Most Famous Places in the World?

Some spots on Earth are so beautiful or unique in a way that makes them stand out. From the canals of Venice to bright lights of Broadway, there are a few places on the map that are recognizable to any human anywhere on the planet.

Here are the top ten most famous places on Earth in no particular order.

1. The Kremlin

The Kremlin is really one of a series of fortified units within Russia, but the one in Moscow is the most famous. Kremlins are Russian-style citadels usually befit with towers, walls, cathedrals, government buildings, and other official features. The Moscow Kremlin is home to St. Basil’s Cathedral and Red Square.

2. Taj Mahal

The Taj Mahal is a mausoleum built to honor the favorite wife of an Indian emperor. Beset with jewels and other precious artifacts, the Taj Mahal includes the body of its builder as well as the body of the woman it was built for.

3. The Great Sphinx

On the West bank of the Nile set among the Giza pyramids is this sculpture of a reclining figure — a lion with a man’s head. The Great Sphinx is the oldest and largest single monolith in the world, having been constructed originally around 5000 years ago.

4. Stonehenge

Wiltshire, England holds this mystic wonder — a collection of plain earthworks built around something truly remarkable and mysterious . . . a circular setting of giant stones whose purpose we’re still not sure of.

5. Great Wall of China

Nothing more than a series of stone and dirt walls and fortified positions (not the giant brick wall most people imagine), the Great Wall was built to protect the Northern border of China from invaders.

6. Angkor Wat

A temple in Cambodia of exceptional beauty, Angkor Wat is depicted on the Cambodian flag and is the most popular destination in that tiny country. Once a Hindu temple, the temple is now a holy site for Buddhists.

7. Acropolis of Athens

The Acropolis in Athens is famous enough to be called simply “The Acropolis”. In truth, there were many Acropoleis built throughout Greece and other parts of the world, but the crumbling feature in Athens is the most famous. These temple-like structures acted as nuclei for the city they were built in.

8. Colosseum

Also known as the Flavian Amphitheatre, the Roman Colosseum was the largest building built in ancient Rome. This Colosseum is considered the hight of Roman art and architecture. Significant reconstruction has allowed people to use the Colosseum for a few limited events, such as theater in the traditional Roman style and a few other events.

9. Statue of Liberty

You can’t visit New York City without getting an eyeful of Lady Liberty standing guard in the harbor. Originally given to us as a gift from France for inspiring their revolution, the Statue of Liberty is now a symbol of our country.

10. Potala Palace, Tibet

This might be the least famous of our list of famous places — then again, this chief residence of the Dalai Lama is home to one of the world’s most famous people. The Potala Palace is a thing of beauty — thirteen stories and featuring tens of thousands of rooms (some of which it is rumored have never been walked in). A visit to Potala Palace is as rare and privileged an event as any in the world.

This is part of a series of blog posts we’re publishing about the best places on Earth. The other posts in this series are: