These Are the Top 10 World Landmarks According to the Trip Advisor Travelers’ Choice Awards
How many of the world’s most famous landmarks have you ticked off your travel bucket list? If you’re searching for inspiration for more, the Trip Advisor Travelers’ Choice Awards will lead you in the right direction, with a look at the most popular landmarks as voted by the site’s users.
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1. Machu Picchu, Peru
Machu Picchu is a complex of palaces, plazas, temples and homes built by the Inca Empire. The dramatic location of the ruins, set on a high ridge surrounded by mountains, makes it a must see location for tourists from across the globe. To get there, you can hike the Inca Trail through incredible scenery over six days, or take a train from Cusco.
2. Sheikh Zayed Mosque, Abu Dhabi
The majestic Sheikh Zayed Mosque is considered a key place of worship, in Abu Dhabi. It was created by the first president of the UAE and accommodates 41, 000 worshippers. Surrounded by manicured gardens, the mosque is home to impressive domes, reflective pools, pure white marble, crystal chandeliers and the world’s largest loomed carpet. As a visitor, you can enter the mosque at non-prayer times.
3. Angkor Wat, Cambodia
Rising up from the surrounding jungle, Angkor Wat is believed to be the world’s largest religious building. It was built in the 12th century as a Hindu temple dedicated to Vishnu, before converting to Buddhism in the 14th century. You can explore the temple city by basing yourself in the city of Siam Reap and hiring a driver or cycling around the complex.
4. St. Peter’s Basilica, Rome, Italy
St. Peter’s Basilica is one of the largest ever built and it stands on the traditional site where the apostle, Peter, was crucified and buried. St. Peter’s tomb joins those of many popes buried in the basilica. The striking dome was designed by Michelangelo and the lavish interior contains important works of art.
5. Taj Mahal, Agra, India
Most visitors to the Taj Mahal are simply awe-struck on first sight. Perched on the banks of the River Yamuna, the white marble structure literally glows in the light. It was built in 1632 to house the tomb of Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan’s wife, as an ode of love.
6. Cathedral of Cordoba, Spain
Cordoba’s great mosque is an incredible feat of Islamic architecture and one of the most significant monuments in the world. You can visit the 54 metre high bell tower, the courtyard and the prayer hall and gaze at the harmonious red and white arches that appear in thousands of traveller’s photo albums.
7. Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood, St Petersburg, Russia
Colourful, onion-shaped domes characterise the magnificent church built to honour Alexander II, marking the spot where he was fatally wounded in an assassination attempt in 1881. It was designed by Alfred Parland and contains a wonderful array of mosaics and icons. Visitors can visit daily and audio guides are available, to immerse in the history of the structure.
8. The Alhambra, Granada, Spain
The Alhambra is part palace, part fort and one of the most enchanting examples of Moorish culture in Europe. Many visitors arrive as part of a pilgrimage and you can see the the beautiful central palace complex, trickling fountains, detailed stucco work, domed roofs, the bathhouse, terraced gardens and reflection pools.
9. Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool, Washington DC, USA
Hosting millions of visitors every year, the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool is located on the National Mall and flanked by walking paths and shady trees. It beautifully reflects the sky, the Washington Monument and the Lincoln Memorial, which is open 24 hours a day, every day of the year.
10. Milan Cathedral
The elaborate Gothic cathedral on the main square of Milan was 600 years in the making and draws gasps from visitors on first sight. The interior contains the largest stained-glass window in the world and a magical view though the marble spires on the rooftop. You can visit the cathedral every day from 8:00 am to 7:00 pm.