18 January 2008

Trippers Best Of...Tourist Attractions

Tourist attractions. They range from historic buildings, fantastic ruins, to museums and artwork. I excluded religious and sacred sites, which I ranked here and natural wonders, ranked here. Enjoy!

1. The Alhambra, Granada, Spain - Serenity, Peace, and majesty define the greatest remaining monument to Moorish Spain. Whether it was walking through its detailed corridors, or gazing at it from the Mirabor de San Cristobal, awash in golden light above Granada, this is definitely one the great majesties of architecture anywhe
re in the world.

2. Gallipoli, Turkey - The site of the one of the most famous WWI battlefields, and the only battlefield I visited during my trip. Where Mustafa Kemal Ataturk made his name, a pilgrimage for many Australians and Kiwis, one of the most beautiful places in Turkey.

3. Great Mezquitza of Cordoba, Spain (pictured) - The largest Mosque in Europe, now converted into a Cathedral, where you can see the simplicity of Moorish architecture juxtaposed with the excesses of Catholicism. Absolutely amazing.

Ruins of Ayyutthaya, Thailand - The ruins of the former Royal capital of Thailand, scattered around a large area. Wonderful for exploring by bike, and gorgeous by night, especially when they're are too many tourists around!

5. Old Sighisoara, Romania - The birthplace of Vlad the Impaler, better known as Dracula, a wonderful fairy-tale like city built on a small hill, and still undiscovered by tourists. Throw in a great hostel, and you have a gem.

6. Yoyogi Park, Tokyo, Japan

Sultanahmet, Istanbul, Turkey (pictured)

8. Rila Monestary, Bulgaria

9. Museum of Jewish History, Berlin, Germany

10. St. Mark's Square, Venice, Italy

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