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Top 10 Wonderful Historic Monuments

 

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The ancient buildings fascinate not only because of their significant beauty. The majestic temples and sculptures make us reevaluate the technologies, used by historic cultures. Take a look at these marvelous architectural monuments!

10. Hagia Sophia, Turkey. At the beginning of its construction in 532 it was a basilica, later it became a mosque and now this beauty serves as a museum.

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9. Petra, Jordan. Carved in the rock, Petra is sometimes called the rose of the desert. It was the capital of the Nabataean kingdom from 9 B.C. to A.D. 40.

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8. The Great Pyramid of Giza, Egypt. The oldest monument of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, the pyramid is the biggest one in Giza Necropolis.

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7. Machu Picchu, Peru. The city was built in 15th-century and is the most exciting heritage of the Inca civilization. The fabulous landscape opens from the spot.

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6. The Colosseum, Italy. The impressive arena could have held 50 000 spectators, who came to watch the fighting gladiators. Built in A.D. 70, the Colosseum is a marvelous Roman heritage.

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5. Chichén Itzá, Mexico. The city was the center of Mayan civilization from A.D. 750 to 1200. The Temple of Kukulkan is the most famous monument.

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4. Wat Phra Si Sanphet, Thailand. The royal temple was built in 1448 A.D. It is a very well preserved ancient wonder.

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3. Moai, Easter Island. Carved by the Rapa Nui people, the monolithic sculptures were made between 1250 and 1500. Scientist still are not sure how the giant figures were made and brought here.

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2. Angkor Wat, Cambodia. The monument was built in the 12th century and is the biggest Hindu, as well as the biggest religious temple complex in world.

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1. The Taj Mahal, India. The most famous monument for love: emperor Shah Jahan built this white marble wonder in the memory of his dead wife.

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