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How many historical places can you recognise?

I am lucky, as I have visited every country in the world (even CNN wrote about this) and seen most of the historical places featured on the list below.

And let me tell you, history is my jam! I mean, who doesn’t love traveling back in time and exploring ancient sites? Trust me, you’ll find historical places on this list that you’ve never even heard of before.

Sure, we all know about the Roman wonders in Rome, Italy, but did you know that some of the best Roman sites are actually in Libya? That’s right, there’s always something new to learn and discover. 

Historical Places in the world at Leptis Magna, Libya
Here is me visiting Leptis Magna in Libya

Places with history are not only a window into the lives of our ancestors, but they also give us a chance to appreciate the incredible feats of human ingenuity and perseverance that have shaped the course of history. 

Have you ever wondered how they really built the pyramids? Or what the legacy of the Mayan people was? And would Persepolis still be standing if it hadn’t been conquered?

These are just a few of the questions that we can explore as we delve into the fascinating history of these places.

Whether you’re a history buff or just someone who’s curious about the world around us, you’re going to love reading about the 30 best places with history around the world.

So pack your bags, or simply sit back and enjoy the read, and get ready to explore the wonders of history!

Historical Places in the world Machu Picchu, Peru
Machu Picchu is one of the bucket list of historical places to visit for many.

30 Best Historical Places In The World:

1. Machu Picchu, Peru 

Machu Picchu, one of the world’s most famous historical places, is located in the Peruvian Andes and is believed to have been built during the height of the Inca Empire in the 15th century. 

The site was abandoned during the Spanish conquest of Peru in the 16th century and was eventually forgotten for years until it was rediscovered in 1911 by the American archaeologist Hiram Bingham. Imagine hiking across the Amazon and finding Machu Picchu! 

Machu Picchu is known for its stunning location, perched atop a mountain ridge and surrounded by lush forests and stunning vistas. It is often considered to be one of the most beautiful places in the world.

Some visitors take the famous trekking route Inca Trail to reach Machu Picchu. The challenging trail is about 26 miles long and typically takes 4 to 5 days to complete. These Inca Trail Treks with GAdventures are fantastic!

One interesting fact about Machu Picchu is that it was built without the use of wheels or pack animals, with all materials being transported to the site by hand. Additionally, the precise construction of the site is believed to have been designed to align with astronomical events such as the solstice and equinox.

Machu Picchu stands as remarkable evidence of the Inca civilization’s engineering and cultural brilliance, making it an essential destination for those interested in archaeology or history places.

Historical Places in the world Marty at Machu Picchu, Peru
Machu Picchu in Peru was one of my big first places of history that I visited. It inspired me to see many more.

2. The Pyramids of Giza, Egypt 

Let’s talk about the Pyramids of Giza, people! 

These towering structures are some of the most famous landmarks in the world, and they’ve been standing tall for over 4,500 years! They are called ancient for a reason! 

The pyramids were built as tombs for Pharaohs Khufu, Khafre, and Menkaure, and let me tell you, these guys really knew how to go out in style. They used massive stone blocks weighing up to 80 tons each, and the precision and sophistication of their construction are truly mind-boggling. 

But that’s not all, folks. Did you know that the Pyramids of Giza were originally covered in a layer of smooth white limestone? Yes, it’s true. Unfortunately, most of that limestone has been stripped away over the years, but you can still see some of it at the base of the pyramids. 

And don’t even get me started on the rumours of hidden chambers, secret passageways, and curses! Who knows what secrets are still waiting to be uncovered inside those ancient walls of one of the best-known historical places in the world?

Now, if you’re planning a trip to the Pyramids of Giza, there are a few things you need to know.

First of all, the desert heat can be intense, so make sure you bring plenty of water and wear some comfortable shoes. And be prepared for crowds – this place is pretty popular, especially during peak tourist season. But trust me, it’s all worth it. 

A visit to the Pyramids of Giza is an unforgettable experience that will transport you back in time to one of the most fascinating civilizations in history.

Historical Places in the world At The Pyramids of Giza, Egypt
At The Pyramids of Giza in Egypt, happy to have made it to the only remaining of the 7 Ancient Wonders of the World.

3. Petra, Jordan

Next up on the list of the most incredible historical places is Petra in Jordan. This city was once the capital of the Nabatean kingdom and was an important centre for trade and commerce in the ancient world. 

Petra was lost to the western world after the decline of the Nabataean civilization in the 4th century AD. It was rediscovered by the Swiss explorer Johann Ludwig Burckhardt in 1812, who disguised himself as a Muslim pilgrim to gain access to the city. 

The discovery of Petra caused a sensation in Europe and sparked a renewed interest in the ancient world and in exploring more historical places.

Today, Petra is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the most visited tourist destinations in Jordan.

The city is most famous for its stunning rock-cut architecture, including the iconic Treasury building, which is carved into the side of a towering cliff. This is the famous photo you always see of Petra, but there is an entire city behind it!

Like many other historical places, Petra is full of mystery and intrigue. Visitors can explore the city’s many temples, tombs, and monuments, and imagine what life was like for the Nabatean people who once called this place home.

I loved exploring Petra despite the heat. It was a truly unforgettable experience that left me with a newfound appreciation for the creativity of our ancient ancestors and places of history.

Petra is a must-visit destination that should be at the top of your travel bucket list and it is easily accessible. 

Historical Places in the world Petra, Jordan
Petra is another place of history where rock carving was used. The Treasury is the most photographed part of Petra.

4. Angkor Wat, Cambodia

Welcome to the ancient city of Angkor, where history and adventure come together in a thrilling combination! Angkor Wat is a sprawling complex of temples and ruins located in Siem Reap, Cambodia, that dates back to the 12th century.

Originally constructed as a Hindu temple, Angkor Wat was later converted to a Buddhist temple and remains an important religious site to this day and of of the most visited historical places in Asia.

But it’s not just the history that makes Angkor Wat so fascinating – it’s the mysteries and discoveries that continue to be made within its walls. Did you know that the temple complex was once home to a million people and had a sophisticated water management system? Or that it is aligned with the stars in a way that mirrors the cosmos?

As you explore this place of history and an ancient city, you’ll be transported back in time to a world of powerful empires and sacred rituals.

But don’t be surprised if you also stumble upon hidden passageways and secret chambers – there is still so much to be discovered at Angkor Wat. 

Historical Places in the world Angkor Wat, Cambodia
Angkor Wat in Cambodia used to be home to a million people. Incredible to explore and see for yourself.

5. The Colosseum, Rome, Italy 

The Colosseum is an iconic symbol of ancient Rome and one of the most recognisable historical landmarks in the world as well as historical places of Europe. It is the largest amphitheatre ever built and dates back to 70-80 AD when it was commissioned by Emperor Vespasian. 

Did you know that the Colosseum could seat up to 80,000 spectators and that it took over 10 years to build? 

The Colosseum was used for gladiatorial contests and public spectacles, such as animal hunts and mock sea battles. Imagine the entire arena flooded to be set for naval battles.

The Romans were well known for their engineering feats, and the Colosseum was no exception. It was designed with a retractable roof made of canvas and ropes, which could be pulled across the top of the amphitheatre to provide shade for the spectators.

The Colosseum has seen a lot of action over the years, including earthquakes, fires, and even being used as a quarry for building materials.

Today, you can visit and walk through the ancient structure and imagine what life was like during Roman times. It is also one of the easiest places of history to visit for most travelers. Check out our ultimate 3 days in Rome Itinerary, which includes recommendations for the best tour of the colosseum.

Recently the underground areas of the Colosseum have been open to the public as well so I returned to revisit this ancient marvel. It was well worth it. 

As they say, all roads lead to Rome. 

Historical Places in the world The Colosseum, Rome, Italy
When it comes to places with history The Colosseum in Rome is loved by all tourists and history buffs.

6. The Acropolis, Athens, Greece 

Oh the Acropolis, a wonder of the ancient world that has stood the test of time and my favourite of all the historical places in Greece. The moment you see it for the first time when you arrive in Athens will stay with you forever. 

The Acropolis is a complex of ancient buildings, the most famous of which is the Parthenon. Built in the 5th century BC (so way before the Colosseum), the Parthenon was a temple dedicated to the goddess Athena, the patron deity of Athens. 

The word “Acropolis” comes from the Greek words “akro,” meaning “high,” and “polis,” meaning “city.”

Did you know that the Parthenon was built in just nine years? The construction was a monumental feat of engineering and craftsmanship, with the temple adorned with elaborate sculptures and decorative features. 

Over the centuries, the Acropolis has suffered damage from earthquakes, fires, and wars. In the 17th century, the Parthenon was used as a gunpowder magazine by the Ottoman Turks, which led to a massive explosion that destroyed much of the building. 

Today, visitors can explore the ruins of this once-great civilization and marvel at the ingenuity and creativity of the ancient Greeks.

And after you have burnt the calories exploring one of the best historical places of Ancient Greece, make sure you’ll visit the Acropolis Museum as well which will help you understand the history of the Acropolis and see the missing parts of it here.

RELATED POST – The Perfect 1 Day Itinerary for Athens

Historical Places in the world The Acropolis, Athens, Greece
Another gem on the list of the best historical places in the world, The Acropolis in Athens, Greece

7. Chichen Itza, Mexico

Chichen Itza is a stunning archaeological site located on the Yucatan Peninsula and one of my favourite places with history.

It was a significant centre of the ancient Maya civilization and is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The most famous structure here is the El Castillo pyramid, also known as the Temple of Kukulcan, which showcases an illusion of a serpent during the equinoxes. 

The Temple of the Warriors and the Great Ball Court, where you can experience the Mesoamerican ballgame, are also fascinating structures to explore. So there are a few places with history to see here. Exploring the area as a visitor, you can help but be so impressed by the Mayans. 

Learn more about these 11 amazing historical places to visit in Mexico.

And don’t even get me started on food in Mexico, that alone is a great reason to come for. 

RELATED POST – Best Food in Mexico | Top 5 Food Cities

Historical Places in the world Chichen Itza, Mexico
Step into the world of Mayans when you visit this place of history: Chichen Itza, Mexico

8. The Terracotta Army, Xi’an, China 

The Terracotta Army in Xi’an, China, is an incredible archaeological site that is truly awe-inspiring. 

This vast army of life-sized terracotta soldiers, horses, and chariots was created over 2,000 years ago to protect the tomb of China’s first emperor, Qin Shi Huang. It’s estimated that there are over 8,000 soldiers, 130 chariots, and 670 horses in the complex. 

Each of these sculptures is unique, with different facial expressions, hairstyles, and clothing. 

What’s even more fascinating is that no two soldiers are alike! Another interesting fact is that the soldiers were originally painted in bright colours, but the paint has worn off over time. 

Visiting the Terracotta Army is like taking a step back in time and it’s one of the best places with history in China to see for any visitor.

Historical Places in the world At Xi’an
Visiting one of coolest places of history in China, the Terracotta Army at Xi’an

9. Lalibela, Ethiopia 

Welcome to Lalibela, a charming little town in Ethiopia’s northern highlands, that boasts some truly amazing rock-hewn churches! 

Back in the late 12th century, King Lalibela founded the town, with a grand vision of creating a “New Jerusalem” for Ethiopian Christians after Muslim conquests disrupted pilgrimage routes to the Holy Land. 

Today, visitors to Lalibela can marvel at the incredible engineering and artistry behind these remarkable churches, which were carved out of solid rock. No wonder Lalibela is known as the “Eighth Wonder of the World” and has been recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. 

But there’s more to this town than just its fascinating history – Lalibela is surrounded by stunning natural scenery, including the Simien Mountains National Park, and is home to traditional music and dance performances that showcase the area’s rich cultural heritage. 

One of the best historical places in the world that not many people visit or even heard of. If you’re interested to visit this special place, read our Two Days in Lalibela Itinerary which includes everything you need to know.

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Historical Places in the world Lalibela, Ethiopia

10. Pompeii, Italy  

Get ready to travel back in time to ancient Rome with a visit to Pompeii! 

This city was buried under ash and pumice during the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD, which has preserved the city in a state of suspended animation. It virtually buried this place of history alive.

Today, it’s like walking through a real-life time capsule! You can see the original houses, shops, and public buildings – and even read the street signs! Plus, there’s a steamy secret hidden away in Pompeii’s red-light district, Lupanare. With its erotic frescoes, it’s not hard to imagine the wild parties that used to take place here.

Exploring places like Pompeii is a chance to experience the thrill of time travel and unlock the secrets of past civilizations. It’s an opportunity to appreciate the ingenuity and advancements of our ancestors, and to learn more about the world we live in today.

For lovers of history, places like Pompeii are what dreams are made of! 

Historical Places in the world Pompeii, Italy
Pompeii in Italy, just one of the few historical places in Italy to see in your lifetime

11. Taj Mahal, India 

Are you ready for a journey to one of the most incredible wonders of the world? Then pack your bags and let’s go on an adventure to the Taj Mahal in India! 

This iconic white marble mausoleum was built in the 17th century by the Mughal emperor, Shah Jahan, in memory of his beloved wife, Mumtaz Mahal. Legend has it that he was so heartbroken by her death that he ordered the construction of the Taj Mahal as a symbol of his undying love for her.

It isn’t just about history, places like the Taj Mahal are synonymous with love and heartbreak.

As you approach the Taj Mahal, you’ll be struck by its sheer beauty and grandeur. The intricate carvings, delicate marble inlays, and stunning calligraphy are truly awe-inspiring. Inside, you can explore the crypt where Mumtaz Mahal and Shah Jahan are buried, surrounded by precious stones and ornate decorations.

I have spent most of my time taking photos with the locals, be warned. There will be many selfies.

And if you’re feeling really adventurous, why not try some of the local street food, like samosas or spicy chaat? 

Want to explore the many wonders of India? Check out these fantastic Small-Group Tours in India with GAdventures.

Historical Places in the world at Taj Mahal
It seems that most locals were more interested in a photo with me than a photo of the amazing Taj Mahal in India.

12. Djenné, Mali 

Are you looking for a truly unique travel experience and one of the best historical places in the world? Look no further than Djenné, Mali – one of the least visited historical places in the world! 

This small town in West Africa is home to the magnificent Great Mosque, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and one of the largest mud brick buildings in the world. 

But that’s just the beginning – Djenné is a place of rich history and culture that’s just waiting to be explored. Stroll through the narrow streets and soak in the vibrant colours and sounds of everyday life.

Visit the bustling market, where locals sell everything from handmade textiles to fresh produce. And don’t miss the chance to witness the traditional donkey races that take place every year!

Of course, there is one problem, the current situation in this part of Mali is too dangerous for travellers to visit.

So put this on your ” historical places to visit bucket list” for the future. I haven’t visited Djenne myself yet, but hoping to do so once it is safe to do again.

Of course, there is also Timbuktu in Mali to see, another UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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Historical Places in the world Djenné, Mali
One of the historical places in the world that is on top of my bucket list is the mud brick mosque of Djenné in Mali

13. Te Pito o Te Henua, Rapa Nui (Easter Island) 

This remote island in the middle of the Pacific Ocean is known for its mysterious moai statues, but Te Pito o Te Henua is something truly special and has to be part of this ultimate list of historical places in the world.

This site is home to the largest moai ever erected on the island, standing at a towering 33 feet tall and weighing over 75 tons.

But the real mystery of Te Pito o Te Henua lies in the massive stone that sits nearby – known as the “navel of the world,” it is said to contain the spiritual energy of the island. 

In addition to its fascinating history, places on Rapa Nui are also a natural wonderland. The island is home to a variety of unique flora and fauna, including giant palm trees, wild horses, and nesting seabirds.

Getting here is an adventure itself, there is only one flight that connects Easter Island from Santiago Chile. 

Historical Places in the world Easter Island
Easter Island is one of the most remote places to visit when searching for places of history around the world

14. Nan Madol, Federated States of Micronesia  

Nan Madol, located in the Federated States of Micronesia, is a fascinating and mysterious archaeological site that is unlike anything else on this list of historical places. 

The ruins of this ancient city are built on a series of small islands in a lagoon, connected by a network of canals and stone causeways. You could call it the Venice of the Pacific. Nan Mandol and Easter Island are the best historical places to visit in the Pacific.

I visited Nan Mandol in 2020 and had the entire archeological site to myself, there were no other visitors. 

Nan Madol is believed to have been built over 1,000 years ago, by the Saudeleur dynasty, which ruled the region until the 16th century. The city was a centre of political and religious power and was constructed using some of the largest and heaviest stones ever moved by humans.

The stones, weighing up to 50 tons each, were transported across the sea and arranged into massive structures, including tombs, temples, and administrative buildings.

But the history of Nan Madol is shrouded in mystery. No one knows exactly how the Saudeleur people were able to transport such enormous stones, or how they were able to construct such complex and advanced structures without the use of modern tools or machinery. And the city’s purpose and ultimate fate remain a subject of debate among archaeologists and historians. 

This is what I love about places with history and archeological sites. There are many questions to answer and it is exciting to read the different theories explaining the origin of these historical places.

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Historical Places in the world Nan Madol, Federated States of Micronesia
Nan Madol in the Federated States of Micronesia – This unique place is one that most of us haven’t heard of.

15. The Old City of Jerusalem, Israel 

The Old City of Jerusalem is a unique and fascinating destination, with a rich history spanning thousands of years. It is one of the most religiously significant places in the world, with sites sacred to Jews, Christians, and Muslims all located within its walls.

Jerusalem is like a microcosm of the world.

One of the well-known sights in the city is the Western Wall, also known as the Wailing Wall. This ancient wall is believed to be the only remaining part of the Second Temple and is the holiest site in Judaism. 

Another must-see site is the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, which is said to be the location where Jesus was crucified and buried. The church is a fascinating blend of architectural styles, with different sections reflecting the different Christian traditions that have been worshipped there over the centuries.

The Old City of Jerusalem is also home to the Dome of the Rock, an iconic Islamic shrine with a stunning golden dome. The structure is believed to have been built over the spot where the Prophet Muhammad ascended to heaven, and is a symbol of the deep religious connections between Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.

When it comes to historical places, the Old City of Jerusalem can feel overwhelming at times for visitors, as there are so many places to see here. Many people choose to book a half-day tour of Jerusalem to visit sites of interest with a knowledgeable guide.

But from its ancient walls to its bustling markets, from its religious sites to its cultural treasures, there is something for everyone in this remarkable city.

Historical Places in the world The Old City of Jerusalem, Israel
The Old City of Jerusalem in Israel. It feels like a historical microcosm of the world!

16. Persepolis, Iran 

Persepolis is an ancient city located in Iran, and it is considered one of the best historical places in the world. The city was founded in 518 BC by King Darius I, and it served as the capital of the Persian Empire.

It was also the centre of the Achaemenid dynasty, one of the most significant empires in history.

Persepolis is known for its stunning architecture and intricate carvings, which reflect the unique artistic style of the Achaemenids.

The city’s buildings are made of gray limestone, and they are adorned with elaborate sculptures and carvings that tell the story of the Persian Empire.

One of the most impressive features of Persepolis is its massive staircases, which lead up to the main platform of the city. These staircases are lined with carvings of soldiers, horses, and other animals, and they provide visitors with a sense of the grandeur and power of the Persian Empire. 

Persepolis is a UNESCO World Heritage site, and it is considered one of the most significant archaeological sites in the world and places of history. It offers visitors a chance to step back in time and explore the ancient world of the Persian Empire and I absolutely loved my visit here.

RELATED POST – Why Travel to Iran – 8 Things I Loved Most

Historical Places in the world Persepolis, Iran
The ancient city of Persepolis in Iran.

17. Palmyra, Syria 

Palmyra, Syria is another historical gem that is sure to leave you in awe. This ancient city, which was once an important trading center along the Silk Road, dates back to the second millennium BC. 

Palmyra was a melting pot of cultures, and its architecture reflects the influence of the Romans, Greeks, and Persians.

The city’s most famous landmark is the Temple of Bel, a massive temple that was dedicated to the ancient god of Palmyra. 

Unfortunately, the city has been ravaged by the Syrian civil war, and visiting Palmyra is currently challenging for travelers due to the ongoing conflict. I have visited Syria in 2019 and unfortunately, my request for a permit to visit Palmyra was rejected, but I do plan to return and visit this historical place.

Despite the challenges, it is still possible to visit Palmyra and marvel at its stunning architecture, walk through the ancient streets, and learn about the city’s fascinating history.

You can find out more in this blog: How to travel to Syria.

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Historical Places in the world Palmyra, Syria
Palmyra in Syria doesn’t see the hordes of tourists other historical places do. Maybe one day it will more accessible again.

18. Borobudur, Indonesia 

Borobudur is a 9th-century Mahayana Buddhist temple that is the largest Buddhist monument in the world, Borobudur is a UNESCO World Heritage site and an important cultural and religious site in Indonesia.

The next one on the list of the best places with history in the world is one of the world’s most impressive temples – Borobudur in Indonesia! 

Historical Places in the world Borobudur, Indonesia
Historical Places in the world Borobudur, Indonesia

This breathtaking Buddhist temple dates back to the 9th century and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site that attracts visitors from all over the world. 

Borobudur is the largest Buddhist temple in the world and features nine levels, each representing a stage of enlightenment. The temple is decorated with over 2,500 relief panels and more than 500 Buddha statues, all meticulously carved into the stone. 

Fun fact: it is said that Borobudur was built without any cement or mortar – the massive stones were perfectly interlocked to create this incredible structure. 

Nearby, there is another impressive temple, Prambanan Temple which is a Hindu temple complex that was built in the 10th century. So there are two historical places to visit on the island of Java in Indonesia. 

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Historical Places in the world Borobudur
Since 2022, you can no longer climb Borobudur Temple in Indonesia, but you can access the grounds of this historical place.

19. Great Wall of China, China 

Next up on the list of the most amazing historical places in the world is The Great Wall of China. 

Built over 13,000 miles between the 7th century BC and the 17th century AD, this incredible fortification is a true testament to the ingenuity of the ancient Chinese people.

Legend has it that the wall is visible from space, and while that’s not entirely true, it’s still pretty cool to imagine!

And did you know that over one million people died during the construction of the wall? Some say their bodies were even buried within the wall itself, adding a macabre element of mystery to this ancient structure.

As you hike along the winding path of the Great Wall, you’ll feel like a true adventurer at one of the most famous historical places on the planet earth, walking in the footsteps of the warriors who once stood guard and defended their homeland against invaders from the north. It’s an experience that truly connects you with history in a personal way and one that you’ll never forget. 

So get ready to explore one of the most amazing historical places in the world – the Great Wall of China as China once again opens up for tourism.

Historical Places in the world Great Wall of China, China
Can the Great Wall of China be seen from space? Apparently not. But it remains one of the best places with history to explore in Asia.

20. The Palace of Versailles, France 

Are you ready to be transported back in time to the luxurious Palace of Versailles in France? This palace was once the residence of French kings and queens and boasts over 2,300 rooms! That’s more rooms than you could ever imagine in your wildest dreams!

But that’s not even the most mind-blowing fact about this incredible palace and well-known places of history.

Are you ready for this? The gardens alone cover over 800 hectares! That’s enough space to fit 1,112 football fields! Can you imagine exploring such a vast and stunning landscape?

Walking through the Palace of Versailles is like stepping into a real-life fairy tale. You’ll feel like royalty as you wander through the ornate halls, admiring the beautiful artwork and extravagant decor.

And the Hall of Mirrors? It’s simply breathtaking! With 357 mirrors, it’s easy to see why this room is considered one of the most beautiful places in the world.

The Palace of Versailles deserves to be on the list of the most notable historical places as it was also the site of several historic events, such as the signing of the Treaty of Versailles that ended World War I.

Historical Places in the world The Palace of Versailles, France
Come and see how the royalty of France used to live.  The Palace of Versailles, France

21. The Vatican City, Rome, Italy 

Prepare to be blown away by the beauty and history of Vatican City! Did you know that this tiny city-state is the smallest country in the world, with a population of fewer than 1,000 people? 

But don’t let its size fool you – Vatican City is a place of immense historical significance, as it is home to numerous historical places such as St. Peter’s Basilica and the Sistine Chapel, which are not only breathtaking works of art but also represent an important part of Western history and culture.

Did you know that the Sistine Chapel’s ceiling, painted by the legendary Michelangelo, took over four years to complete? It’s hard to imagine how he was able to create such a magnificent work of art while lying on his back!

Another fascinating fact about Vatican City is that it has its own post office, radio station, and newspaper. And if you’re a fan of Swiss Guards in their iconic uniforms, you’ll be delighted to know that they’re responsible for the security of the Pope and Vatican City. 

Plus, the Vatican Museums house over 70,000 works of art, making it one of the largest collections in the world.

If you do get to visit this incredible historical place, these Top Rated Vatican Tours are all excellent. I’ve personally taken this small group guided tour that covers Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, & St. Peter’s Basilica and it was fantastic.

Historical Places in the world Vatican City
The view of  Vatican City from the top of St Peters Basilica. Not only is it one of the best historical place to see, it is the smallest country too.

22. The Valley of the Kings, Egypt

And we are back in Egypt to explore the fascinating Valley of the Kings, another one of the must-see historical places in the world! 

This ancient burial ground was the final resting place of many pharaohs, including the famous Tutankhamun.

But did you know that the tombs of the Valley of the Kings were not only built to house the bodies of the pharaohs, but also to protect them from thieves and looters?

One of the most impressive features of the Valley of the Kings is the stunning artwork and elaborate carvings that adorn the walls of the tombs. From depictions of the pharaohs and their families to detailed scenes of daily life, these works of art offer a glimpse into the rich history and culture of ancient Egypt.

But the history of the Valley of the Kings doesn’t end with the pharaohs – in more recent times, the valley has played a key role in the study of archaeology and Egyptology. Many of the tombs have been extensively studied and excavated, shedding light on the lives and customs of the ancient Egyptians. I guess when it comes to history, places like this will keep on surprising us. 

This is one destination that should be on every history lover’s bucket list!

And if you’re a food lover, these 10 most popular foods from Egypt are unmissable. 

Historical Places in the world Valley of the kings
When it comes to places with history, Egypt is always a great idea!

23. Stonehenge, England  

Stonehenge is one of the most iconic places of history in England. 

This prehistoric monument is believed to have been built around 2500 BC and is made up of massive standing stones that weigh up to 25 tons each. 

The exact purpose of Stonehenge is still a mystery, but many theories suggest that it was used for religious or astronomical purposes. There are still so many questions: Who built Stonehenge? And what was its purpose? 

The site is surrounded by myths and legends, and it’s said that the stones were brought from as far away as Wales. 

Today, visitors can explore the site and learn about the fascinating history of this ancient monument.

Stonehenge is a true marvel of human ingenuity and a must-see destination for anyone interested in historical places from the Neolithic period.

If the Neolithic period interests you, we recommend visiting the Scottish Highlands. We joined this 5-Day Northern Coast & Orkney Tour in Scotland and absolutely loved it!

Read more about why you should visit the Orkney Islands in Scotland, another opportunity to visit more historical places around the world.

Historical Places in the world Stonehenge, England
Historical Places in the world: Stonehenge in England

24. Leptis Magna, Libya 

The next one on the list of the most amazing places with history is the Roman City of Leptis Magna. This along with Sabratha in Libya is one of my all-time favourite Roman sites. It’s simply incredible!

Founded in the 7th century BC, Leptis Magna became an important city during the Roman Empire and boasts some impressive ruins, including a stunning amphitheatre, grand arches, and even a Roman bathhouse. It’s said that Leptis Magna was once considered one of the most beautiful cities in the world!

Unfortunately, due to political unrest and safety concerns, it’s currently difficult, if not impossible to visit Libya. But, if you’re a history buff or just love ancient civilizations and historical places, Leptis Magna is definitely worth learning about.

These 6 INCREDIBLE Places at Leptis Magna are simply incredible and definitely worth adding to your travel bucket list. 

Who knows? Maybe one day you’ll be able to walk in the footsteps of ancient Romans and explore the wonders of Leptis Magna for yourself! 

And if you need some travel inspiration, you can read more about my travels to Libya here.

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Places with history where there are no tourists – yup, that’s Libya.

25. Alamo, Texas

I couldn’t write a list of the best historical places around the world and mention a historical place in the USA. 

Welcome to Alamo, a small town in Texas that’s steeped in history and legendary tales of courage! 

The most famous landmark in Alamo is the Mission San Antonio de Valero, better known as the Alamo, which was founded in the 18th century as a Spanish mission. 

In 1836, the Alamo became the site of a fierce battle during the Texas Revolution, where a small group of Texans bravely fought against Mexican troops for 13 days. While the Texans ultimately lost the battle, their bravery, and sacrifice became a rallying cry for Texas independence.

This drove the rest of Texas to fight, and they eventually emerged victorious in the Battle of San Jacinto.

And this is why this place of history that shaped the country is included in the list of the most amazing historical places in the world.

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Alamo, Texas – this small historical place in Texas has change the course of history for the USA>

26. Tikal, Guatemala 

Get ready for an adventure in Tikal, an ancient Mayan city and a place of history located deep in the jungles of Guatemala! 

This incredible site dates back to the 1st century AD and was once a thriving centre of Mayan civilization.

At its peak, Tikal was home to over 100,000 people and boasted impressive structures like the Temple of the Giant Jaguar and the Great Plaza. 

But after being abandoned in the 10th century, Tikal was lost to the jungle for centuries until being rediscovered in the 19th century. 

Today, visitors can explore the towering pyramids and temples that were once the heart of this great city, and even climb to the top for breathtaking views of the surrounding jungle.

Tikal was one of my favourite historical places in Central America, it felt different from the famous Chichen Itza in Mexico. A must-see for any lover of history and ancient places. 

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There are a few Historical Places in Central America and Tikal is one the most impressive ones to see.

27. The Ephesus, Turkey

Let me take you to Ephesus, a stunning ancient city located in Turkey that’s steeped in history, myth, and legend! 

Founded in the 10th century BC, Ephesus was once a thriving centre of Greek and Roman civilization and was even home to one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World: the Temple of Artemis. 

Today you can explore the awe-inspiring ruins of the city, including the Library of Celsus, the Grand Theatre, and the Temple of Hadrian, among other architectural marvels.

But Ephesus isn’t just about history – it’s also home to some fascinating legends, like the tale of the Seven Sleepers, who were said to have slept in a cave outside the city for centuries, and the story of the Virgin Mary, who is said to have spent her final days in a house on a nearby hill. 

Whether you’re interested in places with ancient history and mythology, or just love exploring new cultures, Ephesus is a must-visit destination that will take your breath away and leave you with memories that will last a lifetime!

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Amazing Historical Places in the world: The Ephesus, Turkey

28. The Potala Palace, Lhasa, Tibet

Potala Palace is a breathtaking architectural masterpiece located in Lhasa, Tibet!

Built in the 7th century, this magnificent palace was once the residence of the Dalai Lama, the spiritual leader of Tibetan Buddhism. 

The palace sits atop a hill and boasts over 1,000 rooms, including chapels, meditation rooms, and the Dalai Lama’s living quarters. Visitors can explore the stunning artwork and intricate details of the palace’s interior, including beautiful murals, sculptures, and tapestries.

I have loved this place and apart from the landscapes of Tibet, it was the highlight of my time here.

The Potala Palace is not just a beautiful building – it also played a significant role in Tibetan history, serving as a centre of political and religious power for centuries. One of the most impressive historical places to see. 

RELATED POST – Overland Trip from Lhasa to Kathmandu

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The Potala Palace in Lhasa, Tibet is an impressive structure from the 7th century.

29. Meroe Pyramids, Sudan 

The Meroe pyramids in Sudan are truly a wonder to behold. These ancient structures were built by the Kingdom of Kush, which flourished in the area from around 800 BCE to 350 CE.

What’s particularly interesting about the Meroe pyramids is their unique shape. Unlike the smooth-sided pyramids, you might be familiar with from Egypt, the Meroe pyramids have distinct steps along the sides, giving them a more geometric look. Some even have small temples or chambers built into the base.

Despite being over 2,000 years old, much about the Kingdom of Kush and its people remains a mystery. Who were the Kushites, and how did they manage to build such incredible structures? What secrets are hidden inside the tombs and temples that dot the landscape?

Exploring the Meroe pyramids is like embarking on a thrilling archaeological treasure hunt, and who knows what you might discover along the way!

One of the best historical places that nobody knows about. And here is a blog on how to get to the Meroe Pyramids by bus from Khartoum, the capital of Sudan.

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Everyone knows about the pyramids in Egypt, but did you know Sudan has more pyramids? The site at Meroe is a real gem for any history lover.

30. The Forbidden City, Beijing, China

The Forbidden City in Beijing, China, is one of the most captivating historical sites in the world. 

Completed in 1420, this sprawling palace complex was the imperial palace for the Ming and Qing dynasties, and it served as the home of the Chinese emperors for nearly 500 years.

The Forbidden City is the largest palace complex in the world, covering over 180 acres and featuring more than 9,000 rooms, courtyards, and buildings. It deserves our final spot on the list of incredible historical places around the world. 

The Forbidden City gets its name because, for centuries, it was forbidden for anyone but the emperor, his family, and his courtiers to enter the palace complex.

But now, visitors from all over the world are welcome to explore this magnificent site and discover the secrets of China’s imperial past.

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The Forbidden City in Beijing, China – the final destination on this list of best 30 historical places.

Ultimately, there are countless historical places around the world that are worth exploring. 

These historical places offer an incredible opportunity to delve into the past and gain a deeper understanding of human history. From ancient monuments to museums and historic sites, there is no shortage of fascinating historical landmarks to discover. 

We hope that this article has inspired you to add some of these amazing places to your travel itinerary.

After all, traveling to places of history and monuments is not only a fun and rewarding experience but also an excellent way to learn about different cultures and traditions around the world. 

Historical Places in the world Baalbek in Lebanon
Historical Places in the world Baalbek in Lebanon

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