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14 Historic Sites That Changed The Course Of History (PHOTOS)

First Posted: 11/11/10 04:36 PM ET   Updated: 05/25/11 07:10 PM ET

History is full of pivotal moments that have shaped our world. From the monumental struggles between ancient empires to the key battles of World War Two, the crucial turning points that defined human history still resonate with us today.

Yet far from remaining the stuff of text books or even Hollywood epics, the very places that marked these events can still be visited. Whether you're a long-time student of history or a casual sightseer looking for an interesting diversion, the historic sites that changed the course of history are well within your reach.

Here, historic travel website shares their selection of the historic sites that changed our world.

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Carthage, Tunisia
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While Rome is visited by millions of tourists every year it was Carthage that once dominated the Mediterranean world. For over a hundred years these two ancient superpowers fought a life and death struggle for power. The Carthaginian general Hannibal stood outside the very walls of Rome itself. Eventually however, the Roman army gained the upper hand and, after a three-year siege, Carthage was utterly destroyed in 146BC. We were left with a world dominated by Western Europe; how different things may have been had the North African city of Carthage gained victory. Today, the ruins of the city look out over a stunning natural harbor, only hinting of the momentous events that once took place upon her dusty streets.

Photo: "Carthage" (iStock)
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