A lot of people would prefer to spend their summer vacation on exotic places such as Hawaii and the Maldives or on luxury locations such as Dubai.
But, there are a lot of people who can’t just go to one place and stay there for a week or two enjoying the weather and the sea or ocean. Some people like traveling and visiting as many important and popular locations that have some kind of landmarks or historical monuments.
The collection you are looking at today is made exactly for people who like traveling a lot and in this case, visiting European monuments. Therefore, we present you our collection of the 16 European monuments you must see at least once in your life. Enjoy!
The Eiffel Tower – Paris, France
Perhaps the most famous structure in the world, and the icon for Paris and France, this iron tower is located on the Champ de Mars in Paris, named after the engineer Gustave Eiffel who designed it in 1889.
The Leaning Tower of Pisa – Pisa, Italy
A bell tower known worldwide for its unintended tilt to one side. The tilt began during construction, caused by an inadequate foundation on ground too soft on one side.
Duomo – Florence, Italy
The massive dome of Florence’s Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore (aka the Duomo) is one of the world’s great feats of engineering.
Big Ben – London, England
Officially called Elizabeth Tower, Big Ben is the nickname for the great bell of the clock at the Palace of Westminster, London. Completed in 1858, the tower holds the largest four-faced chiming clock in the world and is the third-tallest free-standing clock tower.
Saint Basil’s Cathedral – Moscow, Russia
Located in Moscow‘s Red Square, this is a Russian Orthodox church built from 1555 till 1561 on orders from Ivan the Terrible. St. Basil’s marks the geometric center of Moscow and is an UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The Colosseum – Rome, Italy
An elliptical amphitheater in the center of the city of Rome, Italy. Built of concrete and stone, it was the largest amphitheater of the Roman Empire, and is considered one of the greatest works of Roman architecture and engineering. It is the largest amphitheater in the world and could hold between 50,000 and 80,000 spectators.
Arc de Triumph – Paris, France
One of the most famous monuments in Paris. It stands in the western end of the Champs-Élysées and honors those who fought and died for France in the French Revolutionary and the Napoleonic Wars, with the names of all French victories and generals inscribed on its inner and outer surfaces.
Acropolis Of Athens – Athens, Greece
Probably the most important Acropolis in Greece, the Acropolis of Athens is an ancient citadel located on a high rocky outcrop above the city of Athens. It contains the remains of the Parthenon and other ancient important structures.
Trevi Fountain – Rome, Italy
A fountain in the Trevi district in Rome, Italy. Standing 26.3 meters (86 ft) high and 49.15 meters (161.3 ft) wide, it is the largest Baroque fountain in the city and one of the most famous fountains in the world. A traditional legend holds that if visitors throw a coin into the fountain, they are ensured a return to Rome.
Sagrada Familia – Barcelona, Spain
A large Roman Catholic church in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain, designed by Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí (1852–1926). Construction began in 1882 and it is incomplete till today.
Tower Bridge – London, England
Built from 1886 till 1894, this symbol of London is a combined bascule and suspension bridge in London, over the River Thames. It is close to the Tower of London, from which it takes its name.
Duomo of Milan – Milan, Italy
Dedicated to Santa Maria Nascente, it is the seat of the Archbishop of Milan, currently Cardinal Angelo Scola. The Gothic cathedral took nearly six centuries to complete and it is the fifth largest cathedral in the world.
Mont-St-Michel – Normandy, France
From its silhouette against the horizon to its magnificent church, you’ll never forget this awe-inspiring abbey. Mont-St-Michel is undeniably the crowning glory of medieval France.
Neuschwanstein Castle – Germany
Walt Disney modeled the castle in Sleeping Beauty and later the Disneyland castle itself on Neuschwanstein. “Mad” King Ludwig II’s creation is best admired from the heights of the Marienbrücke, a delicate-looking bridge over a deep, narrow gorge.
The Schönbrunn Palace – Vienna, Austria
You could spend an entire day at Schönbrunn Palace (and still not see all the rooms in the palace), or choose from several shorter tours of one of Austria’s premier attractions, the palace built by Empress Maria Theresa.
Notre-Dame – Paris, France
Notre Dame Cathedral is considered one of the best examples of French Gothic architecture in Europe.