Taj Mahal, Agra, India
This 17th-century monument to eternal love in northern India was built by Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his beloved wife, Mumtaz Mahal. Made entirely of white marble, it is considered to be the most impressive example of Hindu-Islamic architecture.
Pyramids of Giza, Egypt
Sole survivors of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, the huge tombs of the rulers of Memphis have been Egypt’s quintessential symbol for the last 4,000 years. The most impressive of the three is the Great Pyramid, built in 2680 BC for Pharaoh Khufu.
Vatican City, Italy
A unique collection of artistic and architectural masterpieces lie within the boundaries of this walled enclave within the city of Rome. It is also the sovereign territory of the Holy See (Sancta Sedes) and the Pope’s residence.
Medieval City of Rhodes, Greece
The Order of Saint John of Jerusalem took over the island from 1309 to 1523, turning the city into a fort and one of the most beautiful urban centers of the Gothic period. Today the remains of the following invasion by the Ottomans and Italians, such as mosques and public baths, blend harmoniously with the medieval landmarks of the city, which include the imposing Palace of the Grand Masters and the Street of the Knights.
Angkor Park Siem Reap, Cambodia
Stretching over some 400 sqm, the Angkor Archaeological Park contains wonderful samples of Khmer architecture, such as Angkor Wat temple, built in the 12th century by King Suryavarman II, and Bayon temple, with its numerous sculptural decorations.
Machu Picchu Urubamba Valley, Peru
Built sometime between 1438 and 1472, the so-called “Lost City of the Incas” escaped plunder and destruction thanks to the surrounding jungle that hid the citadel. It was discovered in 1911 by an American historian who was led there by a local 11-year-old. Standing 2,430m above sea level in the middle of a tropical mountain forest, it is considered to be one of the most amazing urban creations of the Inca Empire at its height—its giant walls, terraces, and ramps seem as if they have been cut naturally in the continuous rock escarpments.
Palace and Park of Versailles, France
Home of several French kings and seat of the French Court from 1682 to 1789, France’s most beautiful chateau awaits, 21km from Paris. Ιts majestic gardens laid out by French landscape designer Andre Le Notre at the behest of Louis XIV, deserve a visit in their own right.
The Great Wall, China
The creation of the biggest military construction on the planet started under the Qin Dynasty (221–207 BC) with the junction of different fortresses for protection against northern attacks. It reached its full length of 8,851km under the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644), connecting the Liaoning Province to the Gobi Desert.
Rapa Nui Easter Island, Chile
A unique cultural phenomenon on the planet, a Polynesian colony settled on the island in 300 AD and created huge stone idols known as moai, which until today remain a renowned landmark of this open museum.
Petra Ma’an, Jordan
This spectacular lost city—half built, half carved in stone— combines ancient Eastern and Hellenistic architecture. In the 6th century BC, it was an important station for Phoenician, Egyptian and Arabian caravans.