Our beautiful planate that we call ‘Earth’ abounds in a number of captivating places, but it also houses some of the most notoriously infamous and controversial places in the world. These places are controversial for a wide variety of reasons. Some of the places mentioned below in the list were once thought to be sanctified ground or were inaccessible to visitors, but now they are prime attractions for travelers all around the world. Events that took place in these areas led to some lethal ramifications and brought them ill repute of being the most controversial sites. Some of the sites named in this list strike debate simply because they have once been home to controversial events and tragedies. Others are places where hundreds of innocent people have lost their lives either in war or genocide. Here is a list that uniquely mentions names of the top 10 most controversial historical places in the world.
- Auschwitz Concentration Camps: Oswiecim, Poland
- Tiananmen Square: Beijing, China
- World Trade Center Site: New York City, New York
- Potala Palace: Lhasa, Tibet
- A-bomb Dome: Hiroshima, Japan
- Dealey Plaza: Dallas, Texas
- Cu Chi Tunnels: Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
- Western Wall: Jerusalem, Israel
- Mount Rushmore: Keystone, South Dakota
- Alcatraz Island: San Francisco, California
1. Auschwitz Concentration Camps: Oswiecim, Poland
This is the top most controversial historical site in the world. The city of Oswiecim, rechristened Auschwitz by the Third Reich, has been infamous for genocide and the Holocaust.
2. Tiananmen Square: Beijing, China
In the year of 1989, Tiananmen Square of China became the site of the largest anti-government protest in the 20th century. After several weeks of dangerous protests, the Chinese army took control of Tiananmen Square with numerous casualties.
3. World Trade Center Site: New York City, New York
One of the world’s tallest and spectacular buildings, World Trade Center towers was built in the late 1960’s and became a symbol of USA. On September 11, 2001, it fell prey to outside assault, causing loss of more than 3,000 lives and sunk the entire nation into an ocean of deep grief, but soon.
4. Potala Palace: Lhasa, Tibet
Tibet is the capital city of Lhasa, and in the middle of Lhasa is famous for being the heart of Tibet, the Potala Palace. This extraordinarily outstanding building was built more than 13 stories high. Its gold towers are breathtaking and can be seen 19 kilometers away. This impressive building served as the abode of the Dalai Lama, as well as a monastery, mausoleum and governmental offices for more than three decades.
5. A-bomb Dome: Hiroshima, Japan
No one can forget this disastrous site in the world. The U.S. military dropped the first atomic bomb in Hiroshima, Japan on August 6, 1945, which claimed innocent lives of thousands, with a total casualty count of 140,000 people.
6. Dealey Plaza: Dallas, Texas
Dealey Plaza is No. 6 in the list of most controversial places in the world. The Big D is renowned for cowboys, J.R. Ewing and football, but it is also remembered for a disastrous event in America’s history, which was the assassination of USA President John F. Kennedy.
7. Cu Chi Tunnels: Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
There is a complex tunnel system on the outskirts of Cu Chi Tunnels. During the Vietnam War, it became an underground city for the Viet Cong and people seeking shelter from air raids. They charged the US army from the tunnel.
8-Western Wall: Jerusalem, Israel
Hurt religious sentiments can turn a holy place into a controversial one. Western wall in Jerusalem was built by King Herod in 20 B.C., and is considered the holiest Jewish site in the world. Romans destroyed the temple in 70 A.D., and a plaza facing it was built in 1967.
9. Mount Rushmore: Keystone, South Dakota
In the massive hills of South Dakota, there is huge monument that honors four of the United States’ most prominent influential presidents. At first site, this homage to American presidents doesn’t seem controversial, but a great number of Native Americans, who consider the land a holy place, do not think so.
10. Alcatraz Island: San Francisco, California
Alcatraz Island is one of the world’s most infamous penal institution. These dangerous holdings are touted as inescapable and located in the middle of San Francisco Bay. Today, numbers of tourists visit the city to have a glimpse of this place of misery.