Some places still have sites that continue to stand the test of time along with the city itself, whereas other landmarks have been destroyed from age or turmoil. However, the following ancient cities have new interests you can’t miss out on, and are admired by both locals tourists from different parts of the world. Here are sites to add on to your list when visiting some of the world’s oldest cities.
The history of Cairo can be traced back to the city of Memphis, during the time of the pharaohs. Nearby Memphis you’ll find the pyramids of Giza, and although they are a site to see, heading about 3.5 miles south to the Grand Egyptian Museum can be just as brilliant and educational.
Although the museum is not yet open, it will be in several months in the first part of 2019, and will spread over 120 acres of land. The museum will feature over 100,000 relics from ancient Egypt—with a large number of artifacts from King Tut’s tomb. The Grand Egyptian Museum is said to be one of the biggest museums on Earth once it opens, and thus makes it a new interest that cannot be missed the next time you venture to one of the oldest destinations in the world.
Varanasi is another ancient city that is said to have been occupied by humans since 1800 BC, and is considered to be one of the most sacred places for Hindus. The area is famous for its temples, and the river is home to many scattered ashes. Aside from visiting one of many holy sites, including Vishwanath Temple and Kaal Bhairav Temple, a new interest in this ancient land is the Brijrama Palace, which was first built in the 18th century, and then reopened as a hotel in 2016.
It is a lush hotel that offers modern amenities mixed in with antique design. Brijrama Palace is another historical landmark that can also be accessed by non-hotel guests, who can enjoy a meal at one of two restaurants, as well as admire the outdoor scenery on the rooftop terrace. It’s a marvelous structure, so if you happen to be on a boat cruising the river, make sure to capture its beauty with a photograph.
The history of Athens goes back more than 3,400 years, but humans have wandered the area much longer than that. The very familiar ancient sites in Athens are the Acropolis, Agora marketplace and the oldest neighborhood, Plaka. However, one of the newer sites to see is the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Centre, featuring a beautiful park and an architecturally gorgeous building where many events take place. There’s also the National Museum of Contemporary Art, where you can see various, ever-changing exhibitions with art from Greece and around the world. So go ahead, expand your interests beyond the traditional, and go see something that is not usually on everyone’s radar.
More than 5,000 years ago, people came to live in what is now present-day Beirut. Since then, the area has been conquered and provided a place to call home for the Greeks, Romans, Arabs, Ottomans, and others throughout the centuries.
Besides Nahr el Kalb Valley, featuring 12th century BC statues, Beirut also has a fantastic National Museum with Phoenician and Roman artifacts, as well as other items that have shaped the country’s history. It’s a marvelous museum that does not disappoint. So if you do make your way to Beirut, don’t miss out on learning about Lebanon and the people who used to inhabit it.
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