When we speak of a tower, what pops up in our mind immediately? - A tall and slender structure, with a height more than its width, often characterised by different aspects of history.
But why are tourists attracted to towers? Why do towers hold such an importance in the advent of tourism?
It is important to research a bit on this to know the answer.
Towers were first built by man in prehistoric times, to provide a wide field of view or just for beautification. Later civilizations built watchtowers in the form of fortifications as a high, safe ground from where a guard could observe the surroundings. In the entire Anno Domini era, all sorts of towers have been built which includes bell towers, clock towers, service towers, communication towers and minarets. These diverse backgrounds of towers are what gives tourists a unique point of view about them. One can visit a tower to marvel at the beautiful construction and the history behind it, or at the height and the view that makes us all feel giddy.
Towers have also played a significant role in fairytales and classics... like the tall tower without doors or stairs where Rapunzel was trapped, or the clock tower that struck midnight in Cinderella’s tale, or in the bell tower that was home to Quasimodo in ‘The Hunchback of Notre Dame’. To grown-ups, this gives an added fancy for towers and they visit places looking for them.
Given the importance of towers in tourism, I thought of listing the most important ones for the readers of Touriosity. Here is a list of the most important towers across the globe that are popular tourist attractions and that must be visited at least once in a lifetime:
Obelisk of Axum, Aksum, Ethiopia