The Best Places to Travel for a History Lover

By: Erica Sunarjo | January 22, 2020
Topics: Guest Blogger, Education, Gap Year Planning
Reading about historic sites and breathtaking cities with a rich history can only help you imagine their story. Seeing those places in person and learning about them from local people can take you back in time which will get you to completely surrender yourself to that experience. 

History buffs tend to have different trip plans since they direct their interest in cities and place who allow them to get to know more about the history of our kind. If you are a history lover who is ready to take on a new adventure here are the places you simply must visit.

Athens, Greece

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Those of you who are fascinated by Ancient Greeks, their customs, and great minds who are cited daily even in the 21st century, need to head to Athens.

The ancient citadel, Acropolis, is situated in this city. The site contains the remains of several ancient buildings, including the Parthenon. Parthenon is one of the iconic constructions, known to be dedicated to the goddess Athena.

For a complete historical overview of the country’s history, visit the War Museum.

In addition, you should head to The Archaeological Museum of Ancient Corinth. You can take a weekend trip from Athens to this spiritual Greek destination. 

The city of Athens is the birthplace of democracy and has great architectural and historic significance so there is no surprise that many history buffs put it on the top of their list.

The Giza Plateau, Egypt

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Anyone who loves history knows that this travel list wouldn’t be complete without Egypt. Especially if ancient history interests you the most.

In the Giza Plateau, you’ll find iconic monuments that symbolized Ancient Egypt. 

You simply can’t miss seeing one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World that is the Great Pyramid of Giza. Built around 2580 BC to 2560 BC, it is the oldest and the tallest pyramid. Pyramids are ancient tombs where pharaohs were buried after their death and this one is the house of the pharaoh Khufu of the fourth dynasty.

While you are in the area, make sure that you also check out the Sphinx. You’ll be amazed by this statue of a mythical creature with the body of a lion and the head of a human,” advises a passionate traveler and a translator at TheWordPoint, Jonathan Willis. 

Machu Picchu, Cusco, Peru

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Visiting Peru will take you back to the Inca Empire. The well-preserved ruins magically relive the city in the sky.

This city is built in the 15th century. It was the home of Emperor Pachacuti whose reign lasted 1438 to 1472. By the 1550s the city was deserted. That was around the time when the Spanish conquered modern-day Peru.

Machu Picchu is with every right a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The number of visitors is limited to 2,500 per day. That is why you should buy the ticket in advance to ensure that you’ll be one of the lucky visitors that enter the site.

Since you can’t find any information about the city on-site, head to Museo de Sitio Manuel Chávez Ballón and find out all the details about why Incas choose that unusual location for their city, and how Machu Picchu was built.

Angkor, Cambodia

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Angkor flourished from around the 9th to 15th centuries as the capital city of the Khmer Empire. When the Khmer moved their capital, all the spectacular buildings and temples were left behind.

It was discovered only after the 19th century and now it is a tourist destination where you can see the preserved historical relics.

When somebody mentions Angkor, the first thing that’ll probably come to your mind is Angkor Wat. This temple complex was built in the 12th century by King Suryavarman II.

Another imposing monument is Angkor Thom, also a temple complex, but this one is built in the 13th century by King Jayavarman VII.

For some adventurous exploring, visit the Preah Kan maze of vaulted corridors, impressive carvings, and lichen-clad stonework.

Berlin, Germany

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The Second World War was one of the determining moments in our history that set the course for the future. Visit the place which was the hub of this famous war and head to Berlin.

The city was founded in 1163 by Albert the Bear. It had a significant role in many historical events some of them being the Second World War and the Cold War where Berlin had a prominent influence on the modern-day world. 

When in Berlin, visit the famous Berlin wall which is now the place of artistic expressions, Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, the site of Hitler’s bunker, Checkpoint Charlie, the Reichstag Building, the Museum Island, and the Berlin’s most famous historic landmark – the Brandenburg Gate

Pay attention to the pre-war building while you’re strolling around the city and you’ll notice how the roofs are still damaged from falling bombs.

 

There is something about visiting a historic place. The atmosphere, the history, and the thoughts about everything that has happened there just take you back in time. Make the most out of your free spirit and let these amazing historic places you’ve read about come to life.


Erica Sunarjo is a content creator with more than five years of experience. Currently, Erica is a contributor at BestWritersOnline and is proud of her an uncanny ability to explain the most complex subject in simple terms. For more content, you can follow Erica on Facebook or LinkedIn.

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