Most visited monuments: Top 12 worldwide

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You might be curious to know what are the most visited monuments in the world. The following are all interesting in their own way and have fascinating pasts. In short, this list includes all sorts of monuments; palaces, memorials, as well as religious buildings. You will learn a lot while reading this article. In addition, it may also help you choose the next place you want to visit! 

#12 Vietnam Veterans Memorial

This Vietnam War memorial is in Washington DC in the United States. It received 4,719,148 visitors in 2018. This memorial honors service members of the US armed forces who fought in the Vietnam War. The site was completed in 1982 and is 8,100 square meters. The Vietnam Veterans Memorial consists of an enormous black granite wall with all of the deceased soldiers’ names on it. As a result, this memorial is very dear to Americans as it evokes a painful period of time for them. 

#11 Łazienki Palace

You will find this magnificent palace in Warsaw, Poland. 4,966,858 people visited the “Palace on the Isle” in 2018. It is named this way because it is on an artificial island in the middle of a lake. The palace is of classicist style and is in the largest park in the city, the Royal Baths Park. Its construction was completed in 1689 and was meant to be a bathhouse and habitable pavilion. Inside, you will find many beautiful paintings on the walls and ceilings. 

#10 Most visited monuments: Peterhof Palace

The Peterhof Palace in Saint Petersburg, Russia received 5,245,900 visitors in 2018. Peter the Great ordered the construction of this palace at the beginning of the 18th century. It was a response to the Palace of Versailles. When Peter the Great visited Versailles in 1717 he even asked for his palace to be expanded. In addition to the palace, you will see the gardens with their impressive fountains.

Peterhof Palace
Peterhof Palace, Image from Pixabay

#9 Cologne Cathedral

The Cologne Cathedral or Cathedral Church of Saint Peter received 6 million people in 2018. It is in Cologne, Germany, and its construction took place in three periods. From 1248 to 1560, from 1842 to 1880, and from 1950 to now. UNESCO added the Cathedral to their World Heritage List. Indeed, the building is remarkable because of its architecture. Some of the extraordinary features are the stained glass windows, the spires, as well as the triforium gallery.

#8 Most visited monuments: Eiffel Tower

The Eiffel Tower is in Paris, France, and is named after Gustave Eiffel. Indeed, it was his company that built the tower from 1887 to 1889. In 2017, 7 million people came to see the Eiffel Tower. This building is a wrought-iron lattice tower 324 meters high. In total there are 3 floors inside the tower. You will be able to learn more about the tower with exhibits. Take beautiful pictures while on the observation deck and explore the shops. Indeed, you can even shop for souvenirs and buy something to eat. 

#7 Taj Mahal

The Taj Mahal is in the city of Agra in India. This marble mausoleum received 7,090,207 tourists in 2018. Emperor Shah Jahan commissioned it to house the tomb of his favorite wife Mumtaz Mahal. When Shah Jahan died, his tomb was also put inside the Taj Mahal. The whole complex is 17 hectares and includes a mosque, a guest house, and formal gardens.

most visited monuments, Taj Mahal
Taj Mahal, Image from Unsplash

#6 Most visited monuments: Parthenon

The Parthenon in Athens, Greece attracted 7,200,000 visitors in 2016. The people of Athens began building it in 447 BC for the goddess Athena, the patron of the city. The Parthenon certainly is the most significant building that remains from the Classical Greece period. The Parthenon has so many interesting elements that it is hard to name all of them. For example, you will find sculptures, friezes, and pediments. Throughout the years, the temple was converted into a church and a mosque.

#5 Colosseum

In 2018, the Colosseum in Rome, Italy received 7,650,519 visitors. This oval amphitheater is the largest ancient amphitheater in history. The emperor Vespasian began the construction in 72. After that, several emperors modified the building over the years. Between 50,000 and 80,000 people could sit in the Colosseum. It was used to hold events like gladiator contests, executions, and also dramas based on Roman mythology.

#4 Lincoln Memorial

The Lincoln Memorial in Washington DC, United States attracted 7,804,683 in 2018. Architect Henry Bacon designed this memorial dedicated to the 16th President of the United States Abraham Lincoln. It is of neoclassical style and its construction began in 1914. Inside the building, there is a large statue of President Lincoln as well as murals. 

Lincoln Memorial
Lincoln Memorial, Image from Unsplash

#3 Palace of Versailles

The Palace of Versailles is in the city of Versailles, France. 8,100,000 people visited it in 2018. This Palace was the principal royal residence for French kings from 1682 until the start of the Revolution in 1789. The whole palace is decorated with magnificent paintings and moldings. In addition to the inside, you will be able to enjoy the formal gardens with numerous ponds, fountains, and pavilions.

#2 St. Peter’s Basilica

The Papal Basilica of Saint Peter is in Vatican City. In 2018, 11 million visitors came to Vatican City to visit the Basilica. The construction began in 1506 and it took a hundred and twenty years to complete it. St. Peter’s basilica is a famous place of pilgrimage for Catholics. A lot of artists such as Raphael and Michelangelo contributed to the building. In short, everything about this basilica is impressive. Indeed, it shows the extent of what people were capable of even without modern technologies and tools.

#1 Most visited monuments: Forbidden City

The Forbidden City is in Beijing, China. In 2018, more than 17 million visited this site. It is a palace complex with multiple temples, an artificial stream, terraces, and more. This incredible site’s construction took place from 1406 to 1420. After that, emperors used it as a winter residence from 1420 to 1924. For a long time, it was also the ceremonial and political center of the Chinese government. In total, the complex includes 980 buildings on 720,000 square meters.  

most visited monuments : forbidden city
The Forbidden City, image from Unsplash

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