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The Top Ten Must Visit Historical Sites in the World

The Top Ten Must Visit Historical Sites in the World

 

 

 

 

 

 

Many fascinating historical sites attract visitors from around the world. Sometimes a journey to explore a landmark offers additional information to supplement a history degree online with real world experiences; in other situations, the trip simply fulfills a lifelong yearning to travel to a place where momentous events happened in the past.

Most people include these ten sites on their list of essential global landmarks. Each one promises an interesting visit:

The Acropolis and the Parthenon

This site overlooking Athens in Greece gained renown for its beauty because of the perfect symmetry and elegant construction of the building. Today the ruins still attracting visitors from around the world.

The Great Pyramid of Giza

For nearly 4,000 years, the Pyramid built for Pharaoh Cheops (Khufu) outside the modern city of Cairo remained the tallest building on Earth. It was designated at one of the “seven wonders” of the world, and still holds mysteries today.

The Tower of London

Over the centuries, many famous historical figures resided for periods of time in the Tower of London, the traditional site where the British government stores the royal crown jewels.

Mohenjo-daro

These ruins in Pakistan once formed the heart of a vibrant civilization; the city’s identically shaped, regular rectangular buildings likely represented one of the first planned communities.

Uluru-Ayers Rock

A center of Aboriginal culture in Australia for thousands of years, visitors tour this historic monolith by helicopter, on foot or with camels.

The Kremlin

The beautiful, historic Kremlin constituted a fortified city within Moscow. It contains numerous structures and exceptional works of art.

The Eiffel Tower

Built in 1889, this romantic steel structure appeals to many people. It also offers excellent skyline views of Paris!

Machu Pichu

This outstanding abandoned Incan city towers at 7,970 elevations amidst the Andes Mountains.

The Great Wall of China

Extending at its height for over 5,500 miles, this massive defensive wall protected China from nomadic invaders during centuries of warfare. It draws tourists today, remaining one of the most incredible fortifications in the world.

Mount Rushmore

Some 400 workers under the direction of Gutzon Borglum carved this 60 foot high landmark in South Dakota into a steep cliff face using automated machinery between 1925 and 1941. The monument depicts several celebrated Presidents.

Conclusion

You’ll treasure the memories acquired visiting these extraordinary sites. All of them offer profound insights into the past and the present.

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Don’t Let History be a Mystery! The Top Historical Sites in America to Add to Your Bucket List

Don't Let History be a Mystery The Top Historical Sites in America to Add to Your Bucket List

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The most effective way to get a true sense of history is to stand where it actually has taken place. For a country as large as the United States, this may seem like an overwhelming or even impossible undertaking, but it never hurts to give it a shot. For those that want to see how United States was shaped, here are some historical sites that everyone should add to their bucket list.

Ellis Island
Ellis Island became one of the largest immigration stations in the country in 1892 and stayed active all the way through 1954. Not only was it a practical location in which the United States had to continuously change its immigration policies as millions moved through this small island, but it also became a symbol of the melting pot that the country would become. Modern studies show that the ancestors of over 100 million Americans passed through Ellis Island.

Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
Few historical sites in the United States are as profoundly emotional and important as the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Located in Arlington National Cemetery, this stretching monument serves as a reminder for all American soldiers that have died in battle over the last 230 years. The iconic changing of the guard continues to take place daily as a sign of respect to those that have been lost during and after battle.

Yosemite National Park
Yosemite National Park has come to symbolize a monumental shift in conservation in the United States. Countless authors, poets, and other artists have claimed it to be one of the most beautiful locations in the world with views that can be seen nowhere else. John Muir helped the public to not only appreciate the beauty of this park, but to also recognize its ecological importance to the country.

USS Arizona Memorial
The USS Arizona Memorial is one of the most recognizable memorials in the country and remains exactly where it was sunk in Pearl Harbor in 1941. The sinking of the USS Arizona along with the rest of the damage inflicted in Hawaii is seen as one of the single biggest reasons that the United States decided to fully join World War II. Veterans of the Pearl Harbor bombing continue to act as guides and park rangers for this memorial.

The history of the United States has been painted by both good and bad events, and these few locations are a great place to truly dig into the foundation of this country.

 

Informational Credit

The information for this article was provided by Norwich University which offers a masters in history for prospective students.

Historic Homes in Washington DC

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Historic homes in the DC area

Washington DC, for an east coast city, is a fairly new place. The city plans weren’t even laid down until 1790, when the district was approved as the newly centralized site of the new federal government. And yet in those 222 years is packed a significant amount of history as befitting the capital of a rapidly growing, changing, dynamic republic, and the city is dotted rather liberally with homes of special significance. Many of these houses are still in regular use, and sit side by side in inconspicuous, stately neighborhoods that belie their true status.

Located near the heart of the old city in Historic Anacosita, Cedar Hill is the famous former home of freed slave and early civil rights advocate Frederick Douglas. He purchased the home in 1877, and lived there while US Marshal for the district. The home offers stunning views of the nearby capital and mall. The home is now a National Historic Site and pays homage to his life and accomplishments.

The historic Carlyle House is situated in Old Town Alexandria, across from city hall. Completed in 1753 by a wealthy merchant for his wife, the home soon became an important center for the social and political life of the area. British General Braddock made the house he’s headquarters during the French and Indian War. The home remains as the only stone 18th century example of Palladian-style house in the region.

Tudor Place Historic House and Garden was originally owned by Martha Custis Peter, Granddaughter of Martha Washington and influential social matriarch of early DC. Located in Georgetown’s Historic District and now open to the public, Tudor Place houses a fine collection of over 8000 pieces of art from the 1750s through 1983. Some consider this site to be one of Washington DC’s true hidden gems.

Ranking as the oldest known private home in Washington, Old Stone House was built in 1765. Nestled in the heart of Georgetown, this modest stone cottage is now maintained by the National Park Service and is now open to the public. The interior is now kept with era specific furniture and fixtures, showcasing the everyday lives of ordinary citizens from so long ago.

Richard Bland Lee was Virginia’s first representative to congress, as well as uncle to famed Civil War general Robert E. Lee. His home is also now on the National Register for Historic places, and a fully interactive museum that highlights the Lee family, tenant farming, and the role slaves played in the region’s history.

There are literally hundreds of historic homes still to be found in the Washington DC area, and they are almost hidden around every corner. The Best way to find them is to simply start looking!

Ed Michelson blogs for We Buy Ugly Houses, a national real estate company which buys and sells homes throughout the US.

Satanic Mills and Summer Wine – The Story of Holmfirth, Yorkshire

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Holmfirth is a picturesque small town in the Holme Valley nestled between the scenic wonders of the Peak District and the Yorkshire Dales 6 miles south of Huddersfield. The town is best known as the home of the popular TV programme Last of the Summer Wine and every year thousands of fans flock to the area to see the filming locations from the series. Summer Wine is not the only reason to visit Holmfirth as it is a destination with plenty of attractions and an interesting History.

Early Days

Holmfirth was originally established in the 13th century around a corn mill and was largely an agricultural community until the arrival in 1784 of woollen clothier John Fallas. He quickly acquired property in the area for woollen mills and housing for the workers. Until this time the community was mainly built up on the slopes as the river was prone to flooding, but the mills needed to be next to the water and so the industrial revolution saw the town expand down to the valley floor. Unfortunately there have been several major floods in the area over the years. The worst flood happened in February 1852, when the embankment of the Bilberry Reservoir collapsed resulting in 81 fatalities. The most recent serious flooding was in 1944.

Wool

Over the succeeding 200 years a large proportion of the population worked in the woollen industry in the production of yarns and textiles. Even today the area produces some of the finest yarns in the world from the moorland sheep with companies such as Jaeger Handknits and Rowan Yarns being based in the town.

Art & Tourism

The area’s economy is significantly boosted by Tourism. Holmfirth is popular with hikers and wildlife enthusiasts who visit year round to enjoy the stunning scenery of the surrounding countryside. In addition the area is traversed by the Trans Penine Cycleway making it an ideal destination for cyclists. Last of the Summer Wine fans boost the visitor numbers and can enjoy the Summer Wine Location Tour and exhibition or make a pilgrimage to Nora Batty’s Steps and Sid’s Café in the town. There are also the delights of the Wrinkled Stocking Tea Room! Holmfirth was a star of the screen long before Summer Wine. It was home to Bamforth & Co, who were pioneers of film making before moving into the production of cheeky postcards for which they are now more famous. Holmfirth also has a thriving artistic community and is home to several celebrated painters including Ashley Jackson and Trevor Stubley. With its rich cultural history Holmfirth hosts three annual festivals. The Film Festival and Festival of Folk are held each May, and the Arts Festival takes place over two weeks every June all attracting additional visitors to the town.

Music

For music enthusiasts a visit to The Picturedrome is a must. This fine venue host regular gigs in the marvellous setting of an old cinema.

Year Round

Holmfirth is truly a beautiful destination for all seasons, a jewel in the Yorkshire crown. With amazing countryside, pretty town centre, cultural history and TV connections it is a favourite with young and old alike.

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Guest article by blogger S. Stacey.  Stacey is very familiar with Northern England and often writes about the great things to see and do in the area.  Being a big fan of Yorkshire Rowan yarn inspired Stacey to write this piece.  She shops for Rowan yarn online at www.packlanewool.co.uk.