Top Ten Most Visited Tourist Attractions In The World

Wanderlust, also known as having a strong desire to travel and explore. Most people dream of travelling the world, seeing new sights, learning new cultures and meeting new people. As a self-confessed wanderlust myself if I do get the chance to travel, aside from discovering hidden locations and uncovered spots, its imperative that I see the most famous and visited spots around the world. So as a checklist if you will, here are the top 10 most visited tourist attractions;

1. Statue of Liberty, New York City = Designed by Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi, this 305 foot and 1 inch marvel is a statue of the Roman Goddess of Freedom, Libertas. This is the best symbol of American liberty.

2. Eiffel Tower, Paris = An iron lattice tower situated in Champ De Mars in Paris, France. Named after engineer Gustave Eiffel, this 1,063 foot tall tower boasts of restaurants on the 1st and 2nd level and an observatory on the 3rd level, aside from its breath-taking structure.

3. Great Wall Of China = Originally built as protection for the Chinese Dynasties against invasion, this stone, wood, brick and earth structures spans 5,500 miles and has been known to be the only man-mad structure to be visible from outer space.

4. Grand Canyon, Arizona = Aside from being an incredible sight to behold, this natural tourist attraction is a haven for hikers, trekkers and rafters.

5. Roman Coliseum, Rome = Also known as the Flavian Amphitheatre, it is built of concrete and stone and holds an estimated 50,000-80,000 spectators. It was originally built to host gladiatorial contests, animal hunts, executions and other public spectacles. For travelers interested in the supernatural, it is also known that the Colosseum is one of the most haunted places on earth.

6. Taj Mahal = This wonder was built in 1632 by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan to house the worldly remains of his third wife, Mumtaz Mahal. The famous mausoleum boasts of Islamic, Persian, Turkish and Indian architectural influences.

7. Niagara Falls, Ontario = One of nature's marvels, this massive collection of falls separates the border of Canada and USA. The three waterfalls in this massive body of water are Horseshoe Falls, American Falls and Bridal Veil Falls.

8. Sultan Ahmed Mosque, Istanbul = Built from 1609 to 1616, it is known for its blue tiles adorning the interior walls, thus also being called the Blue Mosque. As of now, it is still being used as a mosque.

9. Big Ben Tower, London = Officially known as the Elizabeth Tower, it is the largest clock tower in the world. The nickname Big Ben was first used for the Great Bell, who might have been named after Benjamin Hall who supervised the installation of the 16.3 tonne hour bell.

10. Pyramids of Giza, Cairo = Built to be the final resting place for Pharaohs, the pyramids didn't just serve as tombs but also as storage for various items that they believed the Pharaohs would need in their afterlife.

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