In Photos: The Top 10 Historic City Attractions


Wednesday, December 19, 2012 | 9:30 AM





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Rome-The Colosseum

The crumbling shell of the Colosseum is a 2000 year old symbol of the culture and architectural ingenuity of the Roman Empire that dominated the ancient Mediterranean world for centuries. Gladiatorial battles, public executions and epic spectacles all took place within its confines.


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Istanbul-Hagia Sophia

This ancient megastructure is one of the oldest Christian churches in existence.  The turning of historical tides have transformed it into a grand Mosque. The Hagia Sophia was originally built over 1700 years ago by the Emperor Constantine the Great, burned to the ground 200 years later and rebuilt.


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Mexico City-The Pyramids of Teotihuacan

When one mentions pyramids Egypt obviously comes to mind, but not many travelers know that the world’s second and third largest pyramids are actually in Mexico City. They are located about 1 hour outside the city and include the Pyramid of Sun and Pyramid of Moon.


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Athens-The Parthenon

Standing majestically atop the the Acropolis, or ancient hill, of Athens, the temple Parthenon is an epic example of classical Greek architecture, and is a must visit for every traveler interested in ancient Western history.


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Marrakech, Morroco-Koutoubia Mosque

Completed in the mid 12th century, it's name derives from the Arabic for "book" (koutoub), as it was built near the site of an even older book market. Travelers to Morocco will also enjoy the markets and bazaars that surround Koutoubia.


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Beijing-The Forbidden City

Located in the centre of modern Beijing, this grandiose Chinese Imperial Palace and square, built during the Ming Dynasty, has over 8500 rooms. Many of China's national historic treasures are housed within its confines.


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Moscow-The Kremlin

The Kremlin, still the official residence of the Russian President, is situated in centre of the capital of Russia. Its monumental walls and towers, golden-domed cathedrals and ancient palaces stand on the Borovitskiy Hill above the Moskva River, and are a magnet for tourists and travelers alike.


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Agra, India-The Taj Mahal

The Taj Mahal, which is actually a massive tomb, is perhaps India’s most recognized monument and is also one of the Seven Wonders of the World. The exquisite marble structure is an enduring opus to the love of a husband for his wife, and also an testament to the artistic accomplishments of the great Mughal Empire.


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Edinburgh-Edinburgh Castle

Steeped in history, and perched atop an ancient volcano, Edinburgh Castle dominates the skyline of modern Edinburgh.  Guided tours take travelers through The Crown Room, The Stone of Destiny and The Great Hall, filled with medieval historic relics.


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Jerusalem-The Holy City

Not only is it one of the oldest cities in the world, Jerusalem is also sacred to 3 different religions-Judaism, Christianity and Islam. Millions of religious pilgrims from all over the world flock to the Holy City each year.


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Jason Austin wrote: 2:52am December 20, 2012

Hi, I really like your blog. It gives lots of information about historic places. The Parthenon is one of the historic place. The name Parthenon refers to the worship of Athena Parthenos, the 'Virgin Athena' who issued fully grown from the head of her father Zeus. The maiden goddess and patroness of Athens, she represents the highest order of spiritual development. Thanks…

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Adam Zettler wrote: 12:52pm December 20, 2012

Thanks for your compliment and for the great history lesson Jason! I had no idea that the Parthenon was actually devoted to Athena.....

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Gavin wrote: 10:16am December 21, 2012

These are some really spectacular images

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Joe wrote: 10:40am December 21, 2012

Awesome fotos!

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Adam Zettler wrote: 9:10am December 22, 2012

Thanks Gavin and Joe, glad you enjoyed them!

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Caroline wrote: 2:58pm January 10, 2013

some great pics really makes you want to visit these destinations

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