Dying to not just travel, but to truly feel immersed into another culture; plan a trip to one of these five destinations and become filled with ancient culture, art, architecture and lifestyle.
1. Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine- Kyoto, Japan
The shrine of gates and spirits in Kyoto, Japan will offer you a detailed look into the unique Japanese culture. The gates are located in the densely forested mountain area offering a beautiful view. While visiting the shrine you will learn the purpose of the vermilion hued gates, which are dedicated to the God of Rice. The area is scattered with stone foxes, which are meant to be a symbol of the messengers to the spirits. A significant part of Japanese culture is religious belief, The Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine will undoubtedly give you a peek into Japanese culture.
2. Machu Picchu-Peru
Machu Picchu is the experience of a lifetime for the culture and adventures enthusiast, offering an unmatched experience. Machu Picchu is a 15th century Incan Empire built above Sacred Valley. The city was built for the Inca emperor, so the architecture is truly a work of art. Filled with traditional Inca style polished dry-stone walls and artwork. Visiting Machu Picchu will have you feeling as if you are in a different century.
3. The Oden of Herodes Atticus-Athens, Greece
The magnificent stone theater located in Athens, Greece is an architectural marvel representing ancient Greek culture. Built by Roman Herodes Atticus as a memorial for his wife, the theater was used mainly as music venue, establishing the huge role that music plays in Greek culture today. The venue was later ruined, and then restored centuries later. Today it serves as a venue for dance, music and drama performances during the Athens Festival. Not only will The Oden of Herodes Atticus bring you back into Greek architecture, but also into Greek performing arts culture.
4. The Giza Pyramids and the Great Sphinx-Cario, Egypt
One of the most famous archeological sites in the world, the Giza Pyramids and Great Sphinx are still today considered an architectural mystery for the time period. Giza a large suburb of Cairo where the pyramids and sphinx are located. It will offer you the feeling of the decadent lifestyle of the ancient kings. Experiencing their famous architecture, artwork, hieroglyphics and afterlife culture. The Giza Pyramids and the Great Sphinx is not only a truly cultural experience, but is also the only one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World that has survived to present day.
5. Roman Forum-Rome
Rome in general is considered to be filled with cultural experiences, as Rome has managed to beautifully showcase its past ruins. The Roman Forum is the where one can witness life in ancient Rome, with temples and cathedrals. Originally built for a burial ground in the 7th century BC the Roman Forum was later transformed into a major commercial and political center of the Roman Empire. Today the Roman Forum stands as a breathtaking look inside the lifestyle and culture of ancient Rome.