Of all the landmarks listed on the famed travel website, Angkor Wat, the largest religious monument in the world, received unanimously high marks from its more than 32,800 reviewers, who gave it a five out of five bubble rating.
“Simultaneously eerie and majestic and in miraculous condition. A truly memorable experience, like absolutely nothing else I’ve ever,” one visitor described the landmark.
Rounding out the three spots are Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque Center in Abu Dhabi and the Mosque-Cathedral of Cordoba in Spain.
Winners were determined using an algorithm that took into account the quantity and quality of reviews for landmarks worldwide over a 12-month period. Overall, 706 landmarks in 82 countries were rated.
The list of the top 10 landmarks in the world is comprised of addresses in Asia, the Middle East, Europe and Latin America, but is conspicuously absent of places in North America.
Regionally, the top-rated landmark in the US is the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, while the top-rated landmark in Europe is the Mosque-Cathedral of Cordoba in Spain.
Here are the top 10 landmarks in the world this year, according to TripAdvisor members:
1. Angkor Wat – Siem Reap, Cambodia
2. Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque Center – Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
3. Mosque-Cathedral of Cordoba – Cordoba, Spain
4. St. Peter’s Basilica – Vatican City, Italy
5. Taj Mahal – Agra, India
6. Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood – St. Petersburg, Russia