Throughout history, empires have built defensive fortifications to protect important sites or ward off invading forces. Some of these empires succeeded while others fell, but many of their walls remain today. In their time, many of the walls in this gallery aimed to separate people for one reason or another. Today, they are destinations that invite visitors from all over the world to witness a piece of history. From China to Berlin, these are seven famous (or infamous) walls worth visiting.
Paste Travel’s Bucket List columnist Lauren Kilberg is a Chicago-based freelance writer. Her travels have found her camping near the Pakistani border of India and conquering volcanoes in the Philippines.