Roam if you want to and roam around the world. This is a list of the top 10 must
see things in the world.
10 Great Barrier Reef
The Great Barrier Reef is situated in the Coral Sea off the coast of Queensland in
Australia. It is considered to be the largest coral reef system in the world. It is made
up of 2,900 individual reefs and some 900 islands spread over 2,600 kilometers.
Its total size is around 344,000 square kilometers. It is the biggest single structure
made by living organisms and it can actually be viewed from outer space. The place
has been a World Heritage Site since 1981 and is known to support a wide diversity
of life. It is a major part in the culture and spirituality of aborigines in Australia and
the Torres Strait Islander people. The place is also a major tourist draw, bringing in
roughly $3 billion every year.
9 Amazon Rain Forest
The Amazon Rain Forest is also known as the Amazon Jungle or the Amazonia. It is
made up of moist broadleaf forest that covers a huge swath of the Amazon Basin in
South America. The basin itself has a total area of 7 million square kilometers, with
the rain forest covering 5.5 million square kilometers. It stretches over nine countries,
though a huge part belongs to Brazil. It also covers parts of Peru, Colombia,
Venezuela, Ecuador, Bolivia, Guyana, Suriname and French Guiana. It has more
than 50 percent of Earth’s rain forests and has the largest and most number of
species among all tropical forests in the world.
The Serengeti is a geographical region in Africa that stretches from the northern part
of Tanzania down to the southwestern portion of Kenya. The place features diverse
habitats, ranging from swamps, riverine forests, kopjes, woodlands and grasslands.
It hosts around 70 large mammal and over 500 avifauna species, including
wildebeests, zebras, buffalos and gazelles. It is also known for the large population
of lions and the high number of prides in the area. It is also in the Serengeti where
one can witness the largest terrestrial migration of mammals in the world.
7 The Great Sphinx of Giza
The Great Sphinx of Giza is a large statue made of limestone found on the Giza
Plateau on the west bank of the Nile River in Giza, Egypt. The limestone statue
depicts a couchant sphinx, which is actually a mythical creature that shows a human
head attached to the body of a lion. It is considered to be the largest monolith statue
in the world with measurements of 73.5 meters in length, 19.3 meters in width and
20.22 meters in height. It was built by the ancient Egyptians during the reign of
Pharaoh Khafra between 2558 to 2532 BC, making it the oldest known monument
sculpture in the world.
6 Easter Island
Easter Island is an island on the southeastern portion of the Pacific Ocean. It is at
the southeastern tip of the Polynesian Triangle. Also called the Rapa Nui, the island
is known for its 887 extant monumental statues called moai that were created by the
ancestors of the island’s natives. It is one of the World Heritage Sites declared by
UNESCO. It is considered a special territory of Chile, which annexed the island in
5 Great Wall of China
The Great Wall of China was built along the old northern border of China as early as
the 7th century BC. It was designed to protect the empire from intrusions by nomadic
people and invasions by foreign armies. It actually started out as several walls
before it was unified and became collectively known as the Great Wall. Majority of
the structure was built during the Ming Dynasty. It is estimated that the entire wall
measures 21,196 kilometers stretching from Shanhaiguan to the Lop Lake.
4 Musee du Louvre
The Musee du Louvre, or simply the Louvre, is one of the largest museums in the
world. It is a central landmark in the city of Paris and is also considered as a historic
monument. The museum has a total area of 60,600 square meters and features
around 35,000 objects dating from the prehistoric period all the way up to the 21st
century. It welcomes more than 8 million guests per year, making it the most visited
museum in the world.
3 Taj Mahal
The Taj Mahal is a white marble mausoleum in Agra, Utter Pradesh in India. The
Mughal Emperor named Shah Jahan built the structure to honor the memory of
his wife, Mumtaz Mahal. It is the crowning jewel of Islamic art in the entire Indian
subcontinent. It is also considered as one of the most admired architectural
masterpieces in the world, combining different elements of Indian, Islamic, Ottoman
Turkish and Persian styles. It was built in the 17th century between 1632 and 1653.
The UNESCO declared it a World Heritage Site in 1983.
Angkor was the seat of the Khmer Empire that started way back in the 9th century
and flourished all the way to the 15th century. Ruins of the empire are still found in
the forests and farmlands near the modern day city of Siem Reap. There were over
a thousand temples constructed, but the most impressive was the Angkor Wat, a
magnificent temple that is said to be one of the largest single religious monuments
in the world. Another impressive structure is the Angkor Thom. The UNESCO has
declared the entire area as a World Heritage Site.
1 Machu Picchu
The Machu Picchu is an Inca site in Peru that dates back all the way to the 15th
century. The name means “Old Peak” and it is situated 2,430 meters above sea level. It is called the Lost City of the Incas and it is the most familiar and best known of all the Inca icons. It is believed to be an estate built for the Inca Emperor Pachacuti. Though it was erected in 1450, it was only in 1911 that the world came to know about it after it was rediscovered by Hiram Bingham, an American historian.
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