There are a lot of amazing places in the world, but some certainly stand out more than others. These landmarks are the best of the best, with the most historical relevance, interesting architecture, and overall influence on the country in which they are situated. They were also voted as travelers choices for Best Landmarks in 2015, by TripAdvisor. Explore these 25 amazing places below – #24 is simply breathtaking to see in person.
#1. Angkor Wat
Hidden within the otherworldly forests of Siem Reap, Cambodia, lies Angkor Wat, the most famed and visited of Cambodia’s temples. It covers for than 400 square miles (larger than NYC’s five boroughs). It is known for it’s elegant spires, and the silhouette of Angkor Wat can even be found on the Cambodian flag.
#2. Machu Picchu
Located in the Andes, Machu Picchu stands 2,430 meters above sea-level, right in the middle of a lush, tropical mountain forest. It was built by the Inca Empire, and is comprised of terraces and giant walls that are so elegantly built, they appear to be cut into the rock itself.
#3. Taj Mahal
Built over the course of 22 years by over 22,000 workers, the Taj Mahal is a sight to behold. It is regarded as one of the eight wonders of the world, as is built entirely out of white marble. The Taj Mahal is gorgeous at any time of day, but is said to be particularly breathtaking at night, when it glows under the light of the full moon.
#4. Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque Center
This location is said to be Abu Dhabi’s most iconic landmark. The structure was built between 1996-2007, and features eighty two white domes, all made from Greek and Italian marble. It is the largest mosque in the United Arab Emirates, and the eighth largest mosque in the world.
#5. Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
The Sagrada Família is the world’s tallest church, standing 560 feet over Barcelona, Spain. Because of its odd design, it is thought of as an anomaly by architects, historians, and critics. Technically, it’s still under construction and likely won’t be finished until after 2026.