London, Paris, Berlin, Madrid. There are countless cities in Europe one must explore at some point. While each of these cities has their own unique histories, stories, and cultures, there are European landmarks that are just as recognisable as cities themselves, giving them the ‘must-sees’ for those touring Europe. I recently asked the online travel company JustFly which was their most ranked landmarks in Europe and they came up with their top three European landmarks you need to see!
1 – Stonehenge
A prehistoric monument located near Wiltshire, England, Stonehenge is a mystery, wrapped in an enigma, twisted by legend. While there are numerous theories as to why it was built and what its purpose was, at the end of the day just about anyone with a Ph.D and a cause to back can spin a tale about Stonehenge. Stonehenge itself is a series of stone monuments built in a circle, with various other stones placed within and around the monument according to JustFly’s review. The area surrounding it is home to numerous burial sites, giving credence to the theory that it could serve as something of a memorial or burial stone. The stones are also placed precisely to coincide with Lunar events, giving steam to the theory that Stonehenge is actually just the world’s heaviest calendar. As for additional theories, some believe that mystical or out of this world powers played a role in building Stonehenge. The stones themselves support that the structure was built over 5000 years ago.
2 – Colosseum
From a giant calendar, to a massive a amphitheatre. The Roman Colosseum is one of the world’s most photographed structures according to JustFly. Constructed almost 2,000 years ago, the Colosseum was one of the many jewels of the Roman Empire and played host to gladiatorial events, mock sea battles, and plays. Built to hold 50,000 to 80,000 spectators, the Colosseum would have been a prime source of entertainment for the locals of the time.
3 – The Eiffel Tower
The Eiffel Tower is one of the premier symbols of France. Built in Paris in 1889, the tower is one of the most recognisable structures on the planet and is among the most visited sites in the world. Measuring 324 metres tall, it is the tallest structure in Paris. The tower itself was built in honour of 1889 World’s Fair and survived Nazi occupation during World War II despite orders from Adolf Hitler to destroy the tower in August of 1944. The reason it survived? The order itself was disobeyed by General Dietrich von Choltitz, then the military governor of Paris.
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