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This year, TripAdvisor’s list of Travelers’ Choice award winners includes a wide-range of sites, from historical landmarks to scenic attractions. According to TripAdvisor, these attractions were determined using an algorithm that took into account the quantity and quality of reviews and ratings from TripAdvisor travelers, gathered over a 12-month period. Here are the top ten sites.
Angkor Wat – Siem Reap, Cambodia. Angkor Wat contains the remains of a great, ancient empire. Included are ancient temples that are described as stunning, rare and unique, earning it the title of the 7th Wonder of the World. A review from someone who visited Angor Wat said, “Take everything you have read about this place and then still be prepared to be blown away! It is truly vast and the carvings in particular are absolutely incredible.”
Plaza de Espana – Seville, Spain. Plaza de Espana is known for its famous architecture and cultural scene. There is one building in particular, located in Maria Luisa Park, that exemplifies a combination of Renaissance and Moorish architecture. The architect built this fabulous building to wow the exhibitors during Expo 29 and wow it did. This is a beautiful landmark, so be sure to bring your camera!
Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque Center – Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. This landmark is still new, it was completed in 2007. The mosque is known for its stunning features; from a marble mosaic courtyard, to seven chandeliers made with Swarovski crystals, the views stun its visitors. For those coming to pray, the worshipping room accommodates 40,000. The design was meant to bring the cultures of the world together in one building from architects to the design itself and making it a symbol of world unity thus explaining its open-door policy and free entrance. This building brings peace to the world as well as the soul.
St Peter’s Basilica – Vatican City, Italy. St Peter’s Basilica is the largest and one of the most important Catholic churches in the world, according to TripAdvisor. It is a renowned example of Italian Renaissance, and it is home to works of art by people like Michelangelo and Bernini. Visit if you enjoy art and architecture alike!
Mezquita Cathedral de Cordoba, Cordoba, Spain. The Mezquita Cathedral, once an Islamic mosque, is now a Roman Catholic cathedral. The blend of the two cultures makes the building unique. A visitor to this cathedral said, “The Mezquita took my breath away! The interior of the building with the striped columns was just spectacular, and the portion with the cathedral is even more impressive.”
Taj Mahal – Agra, India. The Taj Mahal is well-known throughout the world, and, according to TripAdvisor, it is widely considered the greatest example of Indo-Islamic architecture in the world. Someone who visited the Taj Mahal explained, “Everything you hear and read about the Taj is true. Until you actually see it in real life, you can’t comprehend its magnificence and history. The experience of a lifetime.”
Duomo di Milano – Milan, Italy. The Duomo is Italy’s largest church with the most statues inside and out, it took nearly six centuries to build and it’s not finished! It is known for its unique architecture and seemingly ever-changing details. A visitor to the church said, “The recently cleaned Duomo is a stunning sight. It looks different in every light! Go to the roof to see even more details of the architecture and a fabulous view of the city.
Alcatraz Island – San Francisco, California. Alcatraz, originally built to be a prison inescapable on an island of its own, is now one of the most visited historical attractions in the US, according to TripAdvisor. The island is accessible only by ferry, but it is worth the trip for anyone looking to experience a place that once held famous prisoners like Al Capone.
Golden Gate Bridge – San Francisco, California. The Golden Gate bridge, a 1.7 mile-long expanse, is one of the world’s most recognizable bridges. If you are visiting, be prepared to take lots of pictures. The bridge is especially iconic during the foggy mornings San Francisco has.
Parliament – Budapest, Hungary. The Parliament building is a stunning example of Gothic Revival architecture. One visitor said of the building, “The building is an architectural marvel. The best views can be had from the river, or even further away on Castle Hill. The building is so large, designed to be bigger than London’s, to fully appreciate the scale you need to view it from a distance. Be sure to see it at night when it glows with light.”
All ten of these landmarks are unique and beautiful, each marked by historical architecture and unique experience. Do you have a travel bucket list? If you want to learn more about these sites and the different experiences you can have in each location, read more on TripAdvisor here.
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Do you have a travel bucket list?
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N – list always changes