Places to sense the History
There are countless places around the world in which important milestones were achieved from the oldest days till today. Yet, few are the ones that exude an intense aura, stemming from their history and the critical incidents had happened there. If you fancy historical places, you will be fascinated by the below list. If not, paying a visit to some of those might change your mind.
It was August 6, 1945, when the first atomic bomb dropped on the city of Hiroshima. The side-effects of the explosion are shocking to this day. More than 70.000 people died instantly, while thousands were killed by nuclear radiation in the following years. The city was almost completely destroyed after the explosion.
In 1949 the Japanese parliament declared Hiroshima "City of Peace". Today, nearly 75 years after the eruption, the city keeps alive the memories of several monuments dedicated to the devastation experienced by residents. Monuments such as the Peace Park, the Peace Monument, also known as the Atomic Bomb Dome, and the Children's Peace Monument, were constructed to preserve history so that mankind will not commit such a heinous mistake again.
If you want to travel out of the ordinary, feel the aura of the most revolutionary people on the planet, then Cuba is the destination to choose from. Forget about the exotic landscapes, the colors of Havana and the smell of cigars; you will come to Cuba to enjoy the magic of a people living with its pride (at least for the time being). The country has been resisting the greatest force on earth and the toughest embargo ever since the 1959 New Year, the day the "bearded" entered Havana. It is a country frozen in time with unique pictures that will take you to another era.
Ancient Olympia is the cradle of sport and the birthplace of Olympism. This is where the Olympic Games were born in antiquity, where they were revived again in 1896 in Athens and are repeated every four years to this day. In the archaeological site of Ancient Olympia before each Olympiad, a ceremony is taken place to ignite the Olympic flame, which announces the beginning of the Games.
Visit the place that gave birth to the Olympic Ideal and feel the energy emitting from this monument. Let your senses carry you away thousands of years back in time to the time when The Olympian was the most important fest of the Ancient Greeks.
The German capital could not be left out of our list, as it is a city cut in two after World War II and reunited in 1989 with the fall of the Wall. Even today, however, there are obvious differences between West and East Berlin.
Pass through the famous Unter den Linden from Brandenburg Gate to Alexanderplatz, then visit the special Eastside Gallery and you'll witness the differences immediately. The city, especially the eastern part, exudes an intense Cold War aura while it is generally acknowledged to be the least German city in the country, probably due to the difficult days of its inhabitants during this period.
The troubled city of Belfast was hammered by violent incidents, demonstrations, bombings and terrorist attacks from the late 1960s, when the so-called "Riots" began, until 1998 when the "Good Friday Agreement" was signed. It may have been more than twenty years since the day the agreement was signed, but signs of this long-running controversy still remain in the city. If it happens to be at Cupar Way in northwest Belfast you will see the "Wall of Peace", as it was called by British troops, built to protect the two warring areas. On the one hand there is Falls Road, the working-class area of the Catholics, and on the other lies the Shankill Road, a much more prosperous Protestant area. In these two neighborhoods you will find several murals with completely conflicting messages.
The Auschwitz concentration camp cluster consists of three main camps, Auschwitz I, Auschwitz II (known as Birkenau), and Auschwitz III (known as Monovic). More than 1.1 million people were executed by the Nazis during World War II. It is one of the most important places of memory in the world that aims to keep forever in mind what horrible tortures took place here, so that they will not be repeated in the future. Even if you have read about the events that took place in these camps, nothing compares to the feelings you will sense the moment you visit these camps up close.
Jerusalem is where Jesus lived and acted according to the scriptures and the place where Christianity originated. Christ's prosecution, the Crucifixion and Resurrection happened here, as well as the Apostolic Session, after which Christianity began to spread to the rest of the world. This city is the Promised Land not only for Christians, but also for Jews and Muslims. Monuments such as the Temple of the Resurrection, the Holy Sepulcher, the Way of the Martyr, the Garden of Gethsemane and the Mount of Olives give the visitor a sense of devotion, taking him back in time of Jesus' Sufferings.
Rome, a unique city, a truly open-air museum! The old capital of the mighty Roman Empire is waiting for you to travel back in time. The "Eternal City" seems to be stuck between today and yesterday, it is a modern capital with imperial glamor. Feel like a real gladiator in the Colosseum or stroll in the Roman Agora, where thousands of years ago the citizens of Ancient Rome use to be. Walk through "Via Appia", where 6,000 slaves were crucified and left there for many years, making an example. In every corner of this beautiful city there are monuments that will bring you closer to the Roman Empire.