The Eiffel Tower, Statue of Liberty, Sydney Opera House, Taj Mahal, and Macchu Picchu are all landmarks flocked to by millions of travelers each year. However, due to the popularity of these landmarks, other sites are overlooked. Here are the must see landmarks that most travelers forget about due to their proximity of other amazing sites.
Pompeii is an ancient Roman city that was destroyed after the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in AD 79. The city became a archaeological gold mine with villas, art work, and even ash-entombed bodies being fully intact. Therefore, the city of Herculaneum is normally overlooked by tourists. However, in many aspects, Herculaneum is even more fascinating than Pompeii. In ancient times, Herculaneum was a wealthier town than Pompeii. Therefore, it is filled with even more high-end villas that include lavish marble mosaics and cladding. The town is also much more well-preserved giving an even better glimpse into the life of this tragically-fated town.
Saint Chapelle, France
Paris is full of exquisite churches, including the famed Notre Dame and the beautiful Sacré-Cœur. The Saint Chapelle, although centrally located in the city, is often missed by travelers. Located within the Palais de la Cité, Sainte Chapelle is a gothic style chapel with arguably some of the most breathtaking stained glass on the planet. Travelers should visit during mid-day to see the colors of the glass at peak performance.
Machu Picchu are some of the most well-reserved Incan ruins. Made at the peak of the Incan Empire, the ruins give a great insight into how the culture flourished. The citadel consists of main squares, temples, palaces, storehouses, workshops, stairways and water fountains. Also located in Peru is Qurikancha. Qurikancha was the more important Temple in the Incan Empire. Unfortunately, most of Qurikancha was destroyed by conquistadores, who then built Santo Domingo Church on top of the ruins. However, due to the superior masonry of the Incas, many of the original walls still stand.
Wat Rong Khun, Thailand
Due to its location outside of Bangkok, Wat Rong Kuhn does not get as many visitors as it deserves. Also known as the White Temple, Wat Rong Kuhn is a contemporary art exhibit that is created in the style of a Buddhist temple. Each section of the building was designed with intricate details and symbolisms in mind.