Tripadvisor’s Top 25 Landmarks How Many Have You Visited?
Tripadvisor have revealed their annual list of the world’s best landmarks, as voted by the website’s users. The comprehensive list includes many expected destinations, such as Sydney Opera House and the Great Wall of China, but there are also a few surprises.
The entire list reads as an ultimate bucket list, providing an edit of 25 destinations across the globe that dedicated travellers can tick off. European, Asian, American and Australian locations all feature, although there are no landmarks in Africa or Antarctica included on the list.
Ancient structures dominate the list, although there are several high-ranked modern buildings, including Burj Khalifa and Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Dubai. Many of the landmarks are recognised UNESCO World Heritage Sites and several have strict measures in place to limit tourist numbers and protect the natural environment.
Many of the destinations on the list are household names that most people will recognise: the Eiffel Tower, Machu Picchu, the Taj Mahal, Big Ben. Approximately half of the list, however, may come as a surprise to some readers, with only the most seasoned travellers identifying every single landmark. Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, Church of the Savior on Spilt Blood and The Alhambra may be considered by some to be niche destinations, but their high ranking in the list shows that lesser-known landmarks can be just as awe-inspiring as more famous places, you just have to be more open-minded about where you travel to.
The top 5 positions on the list are taken up by a rather mixed bunch, although there does seem to be a theme for religious monuments. The Taj Mahal was created as a mausoleum for the wife of an emperor, and contains a mosque within its vast 42-acre complex. St Peter’s Basilica is a famous place of religious pilgrimage, located within the Vatican Catholic state. Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Dubai is the largest mosque in the world, topped with 82 distinctive white domes. The former use of the number one on the list, Machu Picchu, is still unknown, although the ruins of the Incan citadel do contain areas commonly assumed to have been used as a temple. And Angkor Wat is the largest religious monument in the world; a Cambodian temple that was used by first Hindus and later Buddhists.
The list is comprehensive, and it could take a lifetime to visit every single landmark that is included. For those who seek inspiration for where to travel to, it serves as both a wish-list and a constant reminder of the diverse wonders of the world.
See a full run-down of the list below: