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Top 10 historical cities

The world is full of places that are rich in history, which means that people who are interested in this aspect of traveling can travel for a lifetime to visit them all. That may not be possible, but they can at least try. Feeling historically rich is a valuable sentiment. It is very interesting to go and see places where great men once stood. How would you feel to go and stay in the same place where Alexander the Great stood more than two thousand years ago? It gives you the chills. Finding historical cities is not difficult. However, choosing the ones to visit is. That is why this article was created. In it, you will find a top ten historical cities that you will surely love. All you have to do is take your pick and book a flight.

10. Tuguegarao, Philippines

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Although most of the people go to the Philippines to enjoy tropical paradises, some go there for historical enrichment. Tuguegarao has a few things to offer. However, there is a historical research center in the city. The Cagayan Museum and Historical Research Center is a place where you can go and learn about Cayagan North, the Itawes, the Ybanags, Gaddangs, and you can even admire some Neanderthal remains that were found in Callao Caves. The place could look better, but you will like it there. Usually, there are no crowds so that you can take your time. The Cagayan Provincial Museum is a structure built in colonial architecture. The location is interesting, and you will enjoy your time.

9. Gulbarga, India

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Apart from religious temples and locations that hold an important spiritual significance, India has a rich history as well. The Rajasthan region is considered to hold more history than the other regions combined. Gulbarga, on the other side, does not have as much. However, there are a few places which are historically significant. The Manyakheta area hosts the remains od Sri Jayatirtha, one of the most important saints in the lineage of Madhvacharya, and the Jain Bhattaraka, the temple of Neminath. You can also visit the Gulbarga Fort. It is a beautiful place, and few people know that it hosts the world’s largest cannon. Historians are very fond of this place. It was not restored, and you can see how old it is, but it still stands, and it adds a certain charm to it. You should not miss it. Your experience there will be lovely. Not to mention that the sights are eye-catching.

8. Gaza City (Ghazzah), West Bank and Gaza

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Truth be told, there are not many attractions in Gaza, and tourists do not go there too often. The conflicts in the past years, the last was in 2014, scare the tourists away. However, there is one location that holds important historical significance and is an interesting landmark. So, if you ever find yourself in Gaza City, you should not miss it. The Great Mosque of Gaza is a very old place where people come and pray. Even though the building has not been restored recently, its old image gives a certain charm that most people love. It is a wonderful location for those who are interested in history. It is actually the only notable historical and architectural point of interest in the region. It was damaged by the Allied forces in World War I because the British thought that the Ottomans stored munition in the mosque, but it was restored by the Supreme Muslim Council in 1926-27. The mosque has an interesting, troubled past, but today it still serves as a support, bot physical and emotional, for Gaza’s residents. It is also the Palestinian's pride. The place is worth a visit.

7. Mawlamyine, Myanmar

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If you have read George Orwell’s famous ‘Shooting an Elephant,’ then you must have heard of Mawlamyine. The place is the setting of the book, so you cannot have missed it. As for history, Mawlamyine holds two landmarks that are a ‘must visit.’ First, there is the old Moulmein Pagoda, Kyaikthanlan. You must go on a hike to reach the top of the ridge it stands on, but the view alone is worth it. You can see the entire city from up there. Also, you can see the 34 temples that surround the pagoda. As for relics, Kyaikthanlan is the home of a hair of Buddha, but also a tooth. Not all people believe that the relics are authentic, but it is interesting nonetheless. Visiting Win Sein Taw Ya means seeing the largest reclining Buddha. The roadway is ‘paved’ with 500 life-size statues depicting Arahant Disciples. The hall is also very interesting. The walls display scenes from Buddha’s life, and the underworld. Other than that, you can visit the ancient ruins of Mahamuni Paya, which is a beautiful place, peaceful, and with amazing stained glass, and the Sabtawashin Pagoda.

6. Yerevan, Armenia

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Armenia is a small country, but every country, no matter how big or small, has a history. In Yerevan, you can visit several historic sites. One of them is Zoravor S. Astvatsatsin Church. It is a hidden gem because you cannot find it easily. The communist built many blocks of flats around it. You can learn a lot about Armenian churches, and the Zoravor S. Astvatsatsin Church is one of the oldest in the area. It is an old but beautiful building. It is worth the treasure hunt. The Victory Bridge is not as difficult to find as the previous landmark. It stands over Hrazdan River. The best way to admire it is from one of its sides. It was built after World War II, and the interesting part is that German prisoners built it, hence the word ‘victory’ in the title. The Mausoleum of Turkmen Emirs is well preserved, despite the fact that Armenians are not best friends with the Turkish, but you can notice the fact that is very old. You can learn how Turkish tribes used to bury the leaders. It is an interesting place to visit.

5. Bijapur, India

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In Bijapur, you can visit Malik-i-Maidan, which is a historic site of great value to the locals. The name translates into ‘Master of Plains,' and it actually represents a very large cannon. The cannon was the largest weapon the Deccan Sultanate ever possessed, and it has some interesting inscriptions in Arabic and Persian. It is a popular landmark in Bijapur, and you should visit it. It is worth the trip. Gol Gumbaz is an imposing structure with beautiful architecture. It is, in fact, a tomb which was built by the seventh king Mohammad Adilshah in the 17th century. It is one of the most impressive historical monuments built by the Mughals. The interior is splendid, and the 145 feet wide dome makes it even more impressive. You can take a tour and learn everything there is to know about it. You will cherish the experience. The Ibrahim Rauza Tomb is even more imposing than the Gol Gumbaz. Adil Shah II and his queen, Taj Sultana, rest there, but the place is absolutely superb. It is often called Taj Mahal of the South. The architecture is breathtaking, and the surroundings are very charming. If you are ever in Bijapur, this place is a ‘must see.’

4. Dnipropetrovsk, Ukraine

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One of the first points of interest you could visit in Dnipropetrovsk is the Memory of the Jewish People and the Holocaust in Ukraine Museum. It depicts what the world was before and after the Holocaust. There is an amazing collection of exhibits that teaches you what happened before and after the Second World War. The history is rich, and you can actually feel sadness while walking through the museum. It is one of the best depictions of the Holocaust you will ever see. The Yavornitskiy Memorial House is, in fact, a museum. It celebrates Yavornitskiy, a man who was a great historian and patron of arts. All his life he studied and collected antiquities. That is why his house is full of old furniture and art objects of the past. The Eternal Glory Memorial is a monument erected in the memory of all the people who died in World War II. At the bottom of the monument, there should be an ‘eternal’ fire, but the city cannot afford it to keep it lit continuously. Nonetheless, it is still an interesting landmark.

3. Abu Simbel, Egypt

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Egypt has a lot to offer, and Abu Simbel is an interesting place to visit. The main attraction is the Abu Simbel Temple Complex. You get to see huge statues of ancient pharaohs, and the interior of the temple is extraordinary. Preferably, you would go on a tour with a guide. That way you can learn many interesting facts about the history of the site. Moreover, if you are lucky, you can witness the Sound and Light Show in the complex. It is an unbelievable experience you will never forget. To absorb as much knowledge as possible, you can go on Ramasside Day Tours. You get to visit as many places as possible, and you will not waste any time. The experience is amazing.

2. Siem Reap, Cambodia

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When it comes to historical sites, you might not think that Cambodia is on the list. However, there are plenty of places with historical significance. Siem Reap is the perfect example. There are several landmarks you could visit while in town. For one, the Angkor Thom is one of the most impressive ancient ruins. The place is centuries old, which you can clearly see as you get closer. The structure is monumental, and do not miss the three gates. It is best if you go on a tour with a guide. He can tell you everything about the history of the place. It is fascinating. The Angkor Archaeological Park is a ‘must see’ when you go to Siem Reap. The place might seem a bit scary, especially when the sun hides above the clouds, but it has a particular charm that is difficult not to like. The park consists of several capitals of the Khmer Empire from the 9th to the 15th century. The famous Temple of Angkor Wat is the main attraction. The place was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, and it is considered one of the most significant archaeological sites in South-East Asia.

1. Poznan, Poland

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Poland is very rich in history, which is why choosing a landmark or two may prove to be a difficult task. In Poznan, you can visit the Ratusz Poznanski. It is a magnificent building with splendid Renaissance architecture. Inside there is a museum worth visiting. Also, one of the most popular moments is at noon. That is when the famous mechanical goats make an appearance. It is a historical tradition that entertains both locals and tourists. The Enigma Code Breakers Monument is also something that you should see. It may appear as a simple monument, but it has great historical meaning. It was erected to honor a cryptologist who managed to reconstruct the Nazi German military Enigma cipher machine. He was named Marian Adam Rejewski. The visitor center explains the history behind the monument, and there is an interactive screen that you can use to either create or break codes. It is very interesting. The Medieval City Walls are not something you should overlook. They are a part of the old city wall, but even after all those years, it is still standing. They may not be worth an entire trip, but if you find yourself in Poznan, a pass-by would be lovely.

Conclusion

History is one of the most important aspects of a nation. You cannot go as far as saying that the history of a nation defines it, but people who do not know it are bound to repeat it. At least that is how the saying goes. Moreover, learning about the history of other countries is very interesting, and some people are very passionate about it. The destinations above are worth visiting, and the past is depicted in every ruin, monument, or site you see.

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