Magnificent But Not So Famous Structures

Magnificent But Not So Famous Structures

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The world is filled with many amazing historical structures, but only a few are recognized by most people. Those that gain little or no recognition are not basically from the ancient past. These are the top 10 magnificent but little-known structures which every human being should know.


Located near Cochabamba, Bolivia, this structure lies at the mouth of a scenic valley. The Incas expanded into the Cochabamba valley because of its opulent agronomic potential. Built by Inca Tupac Yupanqui around 1465, its purpose is to repel invaders from the lower tropical regions.

Theopetra Cave

From Greece, this is known to be the oldest human-made structure that was built about 23,000 years ago, probably as a wall against cold winds. It is a wall made out of stones that obstructed 2/3 of the entry going to Theopetra cave nearby Kalambaka.

Tower of Hercules

Believed to have existed since the 2nd century, this 180-feet tall lighthouse overlooks the north Atlantic coast of Spain. In the early days, it was thought to have an exterior access ramp and burned a wood fire to serve as a beacon. It is the oldest Roman structure that is a completely operational lighthouse in the world.

Ruins of Nalanda

It was a Buddhist school and considered as the longest operating school in Indian history. It can house more than 2,000 faculties and more than 10,000 students. In 1193, Turkish Muslim intruders ruined the building. Students and teachers were murdered, and the library was burned down. Nalanda ruins served as a reminder of a glorious Indian past.

Bannerman’s Castle

Located in Pollepel Island about 50 miles north of New York City, it is an abandoned military surplus warehouse that was built way back 1901. After the death of Bannerman in 1918, the castle was left unfinished and the Arsenal was abandoned. The New York State bought the island and buildings in 1967 and opened it for tourists in 1968. Later on, the island was placed off-limits for safety purposes until today.


Meteora has monasteries above the rock towers. The very delicately designed structure was built in the 14th century and has served monks, poets, philosophers, and painters of Greece.

Temple of Hephaestus

Built around 450 B.C., it was devoted to Hephaestus, the god of fire. It is made from marble and situated on a hill with 34 columns. It is one of the most visited temples in Athens.

Temple of Poseidon at Sounion

Built in the 7th B.C., this is very well-known among young couples as a way of enjoying an amazing view and the August full moon.

Sigiriya Rock Fortress

Built around A.D. 477-495, it is also known as “Lion’s Rock”. Situated in Sri Lanka, it is popular among tourists and is surrounded by gardens and reservoirs. It is one of the 7 World Heritage Sites of the island and was believed to be a mountain monastery in 5th century B.C.

Minaret of Jam

A UNESCO World Heritage Site in western Afghanistan, it was built in the 1190s of purely baked-bricks and was dedicated for the victory of Mu’izz ad-Din over PrithvirajChauhan. It gained world recognition in 1957.

These are the top 10 magnificent structures among thousands that gain little attention in the world. Why not include them in your must-visit places list?

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