1. Machu Picchu – Peru
One of the most significant urban creations of the Inca Empire is this amazing Machu Picchu which stands between the Peruvian Andes and the Amazon Basin, at a height of 2430m above sea-level. With an extraordinary natural backdrop of dramatic landscapes along with its giant walls, wonderful terraces and ramps makes Machu Picchu #1 on the list of Top Landmarks in the world.
2. Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque Center – Abu Dhabi, UAE
The biggest mosque and one of the most significant national icons in the United Arab Emirates is this magnificent man-made creation constructed over a 12-year span with designers, constructors, suppliers and materials from all over the world. Now, the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is an incredible attraction – not just for its size but also for its remarkable architecture.
3. Taj Mahal – Agra, India
Taj Mahal is a universally admired man-made work of art, a testament of love, an immense mausoleum of white marble, the jewel of Muslim and a spectacular masterpiece of the world’s heritage. This wonderful Indian icon was built between 1631 and 1648 by the popular Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his favourite wife and till date, this masterpiece invites hundreds and thousands of tourists.
4. Great Cathedral and Mosque – Cordoba, Spain
This Great Mosque-Cathedral of Cordoba has a fascinating story behind it – once a medieval Islamic mosque, now has been converted into a Roman Catholic Christian Cathedral in the popular Spanish city of Cordoba, Andalusia. The cathedral stands out for its astonishing Moorish architecture.
5. St. Peter’s Basilica – Vatican City, Italy
St. Peter’s Basilica is the most astounding work of Renaissance architecture, located in the beautiful Vatican City. This Late Renaissance church is considered to be one of the holiest Catholic sites with “the greatest of all churches of Christendom.” The iconic dome of St. Peter’s Basilica is said to dominate the skyline of Rome.
6. Angkor Wat – Siem Reap, Cambodia.
Angkor Wat is one of South-East Asia’s prominent icons – once a Hindu temple, now has been converted into a Buddhist temple. It is also the best-preserved temple built with a mix of Khmer and Kalinga architecture. This landmark also appears on the Cambodian national flag and a key attraction for all visitors.
7. Bayon Temple – Siem Reap, Cambodia
Yet another Cambodian landmark which has secured a place on the top 10, is the richly decorated Bayon Temple built in the late 12th-13th century. The unique feature of the Bayon Temple is that it comprises of a multitude of serene and massive stone faces carved on the multiple temple towers.
8. Church of Our Saviour on the Spilled Blood
Also known as the Church on Split Blood and the Cathedral of the Resurrection of Christ, this wonderful church is St. Petersburg’s prime attractions. The church stands out for its unique brightly coloured walls, the predominant Baroque and Neoclassical architecture, as well as for its 7500+ square meters of mosaics.
9. Gettysburg National Military Park – Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
Gettysburg National Military Park is a popular attraction in the Pennsylvania which takes the visitors back to the Battle of Gettysburg – showcasing a multitude of properties related to the Gettysburg Battlefield from reserves, supply, hospital locations to the Eisenhower National Historic Site that displays over 40,000 American Civil War artefacts.
10. Ancient City Walls – Dubrovnik, Croatia
Considered to be one of the greatest fortification systems of the Middle Ages, the Walls of Dubrovnik are a series of defensive stone walls built to protect the citizens of Dubrovnik. This complicated and sophisticated structure, reinforced by 3 circular and 14 quadrangular towers, 5 bastions, 2 angular fortifications, and the massive St. John’s Fortress depicts a truly outstanding effort.