Every traveller with an appreciation of human history, art and architecture should include these 11 destinations on his or her bucket list.

Temples of Bagan
Bagan that sits in central Burma (now Myanmar) was the ancient capital of the country. The sacred Temples of Bagan are one of the largest concentration of Buddhist temples in the world, most of them dating back to the 11th and 12th centuries.

Petra, Jordan
The ancient city of Petra in Jordan is an architectural masterpiece. It was built into the side of the rock cliff, and is believed to have been carved in 312 BC. Petra is a UNESCO World Heritage Site that remained unknown to the Western world until 1812.

Venice, Italy
Venice, the city on water, was built on 118 small islands that are separated by a vast network of canals. The city was built on the Venetian Lagoon, and in that respect, is quite different from any other city in the world.

Ta Prohm, Cambodia
The ancient temple of Ta Prohm was built as a Buddhist monastery and university. The temple remains as is, for the most part, but trees and moss now grow through the architecture of the building, making it a truly unique sight.

Taj Mahal, India
The Taj Mahal in northern India is a white marble mausoleum, regarded as the jewel of Muslim art in India. An ode to undying love, this location is one of India's most popular tourist destinations.

Pyramids of Giza, Egypt
The Pyramids of Giza are one of the seven wonders of the ancient world, located in El Giz, Egypt. The three Pyramids were built as tombs in 2560 BC for the Egyptian Pharaoh Khufu and sit majestically along with the Great Sphinx along the banks of the river Nile.

Hagia Sophia, Turkey
Hagia Sophia was built in 1437, as a Cathedral, a Greek Orthodox Christian patriarchal basilica, later became an imperial mosque, and now a museum in Istanbul, Turkey. Its massive domes and pillars are works of Byzantine art, and draws visitors from all over the world.

The Colosseum, Italy
The Colosseum is a marker of Italy's rich and ancient history. An amphitheatre located in the centre of Rome, the structure is made of concrete and sand, and was built to accommodate 60-80,000 spectators in 72 AD.

ChiChen Itza, Mexico
ChiChen Itza was once a pre-Columbian city, the centre of which was a market by a great conical and pyramidal structure that represents the various styles of Mexican architecture. It draws close to 14 million tourists every year.

Wat Phra Si Sanphet, Thailand
One the holiest temples in Thailand, located in the city of Ayutthaya, it was later almost destroyed by the Burmese. Unlike other temples, it is marked by multiple conical structures, and was built solely for the use of the Royal family.

Mai of the Easter Island
The Rapa Nui carved these human face statues out of stone on the Easter Island between 1250-1500 CE. With small bodies and giant faces, the largest of these structures is 10 metres high, which remains remarkable given the limited tools and technology that were available at that time.

Machu Picchu, Peru
Located over mountain ridges near the sacred valley, these are the last remains of the ancient Incan civilisation. Built during the reign of Emperor of Inca Pachacuti, it was constructed in traditional Incan style with three primary structures that include the Temple of the Sun, and the room of three windows.

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