Top 10 Historical Monuments in Europe

Top 10 Historical Monuments in Europe

Steeped in culture and history, Europe is known for its fabulous architecture and remnants of the ages past. To help you down the memory lane of ancient times, here is a list of famous historical monuments that should be on every history buffs must-visit list:

1.  Stonehenge:
The Stonehenge monument, located in Wiltshire, England is heralded as one of the most iconic archaeological sites of the world. Built more than 4,600 years ago, it has been a part of many speculations and conspiracy theories and attracts tourists numbering up to thousands each year to watch the sunrise of the day of the Summer Solstice.

2.  Old Sarum Castle
Located in Salisbury England, Old Sarum Castle was erected around the year 1069 on a hill fortress that was built around 500 B.C. The monument site has a rich history ranging from Neolithic settlements to being used as a protection against the Vikings. The monument is a living legacy of the ancient British past.

3.  The Coliseum of Rome
Perhaps one of the best known structures of the world The Coliseum of Rome was the first amphitheatre build by the Romans. Since its construction in 80 AD this performance arena is perhaps one of the best known monuments of Rome.

4.  The Acropolis:
Literally meaning the “Upper City” the Acropolis of Greece is a well-known ancient historical monument. Taking about nine years in completion, the Parthenon in the Acropolis is one of the most visited sites, and the view from the top is definitely worth the climb.

5.  La Alhambra, Granada, Spain:
The Alhambra has been the source of many tourist visits to Granada in Spain, Located in the shadow of the Sierra Nevada; the ruins of this sprawling castle are worth a visit and give you a glimpse of the Moorish life that the Andalucían led a long time ago.

6.  Olympia, Greece:
The ruins of the fabled city in Greece have been declared a World Heritage site by the UNESCO. The majestic ruins include the Olympic Arena and the temple of Zeus that is said to have contained the famous gold and ivory statue of Zeus which was one of the seven wonders of the ancient world.

7.  The Notre Dame, France:
This marvellous gothic structure located in Paris France, is perhaps one of the most beautiful cathedrals in the whole of Europe. The dramatic towers, spires, stained glass, all enchant you and leave you breathless. This medieval structure took almost a century to complete and is perhaps one of the best views of the city from its North tower.

8.  St. Peter's Basilica, Vatican:
The Papal Basilica of Saint Peter in the Vatican is a late Renaissance church and has been the one of the holiest places of Catholic faith for ages now. With the largest church interior in the world, the basilica marks the burial site of Saint Peter who was one of the twelve apostles of Jesus and said to be the first Bishop of the world. A famous site for pilgrimage, it also houses some of the most famous artworks in the world namely that of Michelangelo.

9.  The Eiffel Tower, France:
No other monument can be described as being closest to the chic and contemporary Paris than the Eiffel Tower, built in 1889 by Gustave Eiffel; the tower is perhaps a quintessential part of Paris now. Glittering up the night sky, the view of the Eiffel Tower at night is spectacular.

10.  Tower of Pisa:
Located in the Italian city of Pisa, this unintentionally inclined monument is perhaps one of the most well-known monuments in the world. Being a part of the four monuments that together make up the Cathedral compound Campo dei Miracoli or the Field of Miracles, this vertically designed tower’s tilt may seem like nothing short of a miracle to some people.