7 of the best global landmarks for groups
Date Posted: 24/06/2015
Pictured: Angkor Wat
TripAdvisor has released its annual Traveller’s Choice list of the 25 famous landmarks that are most popular with its reviewers. But which ones are the top landmarks for groups?
Every year TripAdvisor looks at the millions of reviews and opinions on its site and compiles an official list of the top 25 landmarks that are most-loved by its reviewers. As inspirational as this list is, it’s not always suitable for groups. That’s why we’ve cherry picked seven of the best for group tours…
Angkor Wat, Cambodia
Placed at number one on the TripAdvisor list, Angkor Wat can be found just north of Siem Reap in Cambodia. The temple complex is one of the largest religious monuments in the world and was built in the first half of the 12th century, allegedly as a miniature replica of the universe.
Mount Meru, a sacred mountain in Hindu cosmology and what is regarded as the centre of the universe, is said to be represented by the central sanctuary of the temple complex. The moat surrounding the temple represents the ocean, whilst the exterior wall around Angkor Wat symbolises the mountains at the edge of the world, and the five distinctive towers then symbolise the five peaks of Mount Meru.
Angkor Wat, made up of three levels with walls covered with carvings and bas-reliefs telling the stories of Hindu mythology, is an extremely popular tourist attraction and with its beauty it is not difficult to understand why.
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, Barcelona, Spain
The Basilica of the Sagrada Familia found in Barcelona is a Roman Catholic Church recognised for its impressive architecture. Antoni Gaudi – often regarded as one of Spain’s most esteemed architects – worked on the Sagrada Familia for 43 years until his death in 1926. He based his designs on the traditions of Gothic and Byzantine cathedrals. Projects and construction work have continued to the present day, however groups can still enjoy a guided visit of both the interior and exterior of the basilica.
Alcatraz, San Francisco, California
Alcatraz was once home to the federal penitentiary where some of America’s most notorious criminals were placed between 1934 and 1963. Now it is number eight on TripAdvisor’s list of recommended landmarks to visit. Groups can explore the former cells through a range of guided or audio tours available for visitors and those who have been before often recommend combining a boat trip to the island with a visit to some of San Francisco’s other main attractions including the Golden Gate Bridge, Chinatown and Fisherman’s Wharf.
Cristo Redentor, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Built as a national monument to commemorate 100 years of independence from Portugal, the Cristo Redentor statue in Rio de Janeiro is found on top of the Corcovado Mountain overlooking the city. It weighs an impressive 1,145 tons and stands at 38m tall, whilst the outstretched arms measure 28 metres fingertip to fingertip.
Groups visiting the Cristo Redentor will need to take the cog train to the statue, but during the 20 minute ride can take in the other sights of the city.
Burj Khalifa, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
The Burj Khalifa in Dubai certainly stands out as, at over 828 metres, it is the tallest building in the world. Burj Khalifa’s observation deck is 555 metres above the city.
Back down on the ground level groups can find out about the history behind the building, which is number 19 in TripAdvisor’s landmark list.
The National September 11 Memorial & Museum, New York City, New York
Located at the site of the World Trade Center, this memorial is made up of two twin reflecting pools each nearly an acre in size. The panels of the pools have the names of every person who died in the terrorist attacks on 11th September 2001 and 26th February 1993 inscribed in them.
Guided tours of the memorial explore the symbolism behind its design, the historical significance of the World Trade Center and the detail of what happened on 11th September 2001.
Sydney Opera House, Sydney, Australia
Number 23 on TripAdvisor’s landmark list is the Sydney Opera House. Designed by Danish architect Jørn Utzon in the late 1950s the building is now one of the most recognised around the world.
Groups can experience guided tours exploring the 58-year history of the building before enjoying entertainment such as comedy, theatre, dance and opera at the infamous performing arts centre.