This is part of my series about maps of the world where I compare each country I have visited in different categories. The point of this analysis is that after having visited almost all the countries (173/196) I believe I have finally acquired the experience and the credibility to be able to put them side by side and give an honest comparison. Of course, many of them are personal views following my personal tastes and is only a generalization. But since I get so many questions all the time about “what are my favorite country, for this, for that, for everything… “ I decided to represent my results graphically for people to get a better understanding of my opinion.
When I was told at age 13 years/old that I had to do something in life that I truly loved, the subject that most resonated in my mind was “History”. That was my real passion! But I couldn’t imagine myself being a simple history teacher in a Canadian high school teaching history of native Amerindians to students that don’t care a single bit… Instead, I imagined a way I could live this history by going to these destinations by myself and this is how my curiosity to travel the world started. Once immersed in the specific location where the historical events happened, the experience is much more intense and creates memories that will stay forever.
The Map of The Most Historically Rich Destinations
Some countries have just preserved so well their culture! Europe is the clear winner here, I am always blown away each year I come back to Europe and when I visit new regions I haven’t been before and keep asking myself why I haven’t been there! By imposing local preservation laws and uniformity architectural rules, Europeans have done a magnificent job in keeping their countries “old” and “pretty”, keeping the spirit in traditional construction methods and materials. This is why my map colors pretty much all of Europe in green! I love Eastern Europe, but many countries have endured communist times and Soviet architecture has ruined many styles of architecture that they previously had. Wars are also to blame and only richer countries have been able to reconstruct following their previous styles.
So to summarize my list in the top category of “Historical Powerhouse” historically rich countries, I have placed France, Spain, Italy, Portugal, and Greece in the top position in Europe. Anybody who has visited these countries will agree how magnificent they have been preserved, from the big capitals to any small picturesque towns, seems like there aren’t any places in these countries that doesn’t feel right to be! There are just infinite photography opportunities everywhere you look.
Outside Europe, two countries make the top rank: Egypt and Iran. Egypt is an easy choice because very few countries in the world have more UNESCO sites than Egypt. The Egyptian empire was truly grandiose and it should be on everybody’s “to do list” to go there and visit these sites in person, from the pyramids of Giza to the Valley of the Kings near Luxor! Iran is the other member of the top list. With the amount of negative news that the media brainwashed in people’s mind about Iran, it is easy to forget that nowadays Iran was actually the Persian Empire, one of the most powerful the world has ever seen. I was amazed by the amount of historical sites that can be seen throughout the country and many of them are very well preserved! At over 5000 years old, many of these sites are so old that they make Europe seem like a new continent! It is even very common to find abandoned Caravanserais on the side of the highways that are over 2000 years old. Any of these in Europe would be made a museum!
Many countries that I colored in the orange and red are “newer countries” like on the American continent where it is normal to have little history. Sub-Saharan Africa is the loser of this research simply because in most countries, very little has been preserved from ancient times and with the exception of a few European colonial ruins left here and there, it is rare to see anything older than 100 years old
The countries in white indicate countries I haven’t been yet and I will update this map with time as I go through them!
So what do you think about this map? do you believe your country has been ranked fairly? Would you have done so differently? Please let me know in the comments I am interested to know!