Europe, having half of the world’s tourist arrival and being the most visited continent globally, has undoubtedly gained a particular spot in every wanderer’s bucket list. Despite being the second smallest among the other six continents worldwide, it doesn’t disappoint in making every traveler’s experience special.
Europe doesn’t need any introduction to convince someone that it is the best place to be where every corner is teeming with majestic spots, historic landmarks, and sophisticated culture admired by lurking outsiders.
To date, there are about 44 sovereign countries in Europe having their respective spots to leave everyone in awe.
Here are among the best places to visit in Europe:
Eiffel Tower in Paris
Eiffel Tower is everyone’s must-visit spot when visiting Europe. This tower was built 130 years ago and still stands 1063 feet, charming every spectator visiting France.
It was initially built to commemorate the French Revolution and became a symbol of love where marriage proposals and courtships are declared.
About 7 million people are visiting the tower yearly.
Colosseum in Rome
Colosseum takes you back to the ancient Roman times of gladiator battles as a sign of entertainment. It was said that the construction of the Colosseum started in 70 A.D., and it could seat 50,000 audiences at that time. It was the grandest amphitheater built by the Roman Empire, named after its colossal structure.
Other than the size of the Colosseum, tourists are flocking to admire the classical column styles of the architecture. Ironically, this architecture was built by Romans with a Greek column style.
A whopping 6 million people are visiting the Colosseum every year.
Parthenon in Athens
Greece takes pride in its iconic monument built in 447 B.C, the Parthenon. It is a sacred temple built in honor of the Greek goddess Athena Parthenos. The Parthenon is made of white marble and stands at 23,000 square feet at the top of the acropolis.
Same as the Eiffel Tower, there are also about 7 million people visiting the Parthenon yearly. Most people are amazed at how perfectly the ancient Greeks were able to build such a temple.
La Sagrada Família in Barcelona
Another tourist spot to behold in Europe is the La Sagrada Família, showcasing the masterpiece of the Spanish architect Antoni Gaudí. The basilica’s construction began in 1882 but was interrupted due to Gaudí’s sudden death. La Sagrada Família has been under construction since then, and it is targeted to be completed by 2026.
UNESCO regarded La Sagrada Familia as one of the world’s heritage sites.
Stonehenge in England
Stonehenge is another historic spot to explore in Europe. There are a few speculations of its purpose from the time it was built 5000 years ago. Archaeological research said that it was used as a burial site in ancient times and a ritual place.
Stonehenge is a Neolithic stone built in a circle. The area is attractive to travelers and researchers who are curious about how the ancient people can carry such heavy tons of rock.
Leaning Tower of Pisa in Pisa
Who would have thought that an architectural mistake could be the world’s famous destination? The Leaning Tower of Pisa was built in 1173 as part of Pisa’s cathedral, but the foundation where it’s built was frail.
The 57-meter-tall tower was built on swampy ground and was expected to collapse when it leaned 5.5 degrees to the ground in 1995.
Now, it is another European pride greeting 5 million tourists every year.
St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City
St. Peter’s Basilica is tops as the largest church all over Europe and every Christian’s pilgrimage destination. It was constructed during the 4th century A.D in a Renaissance style.
St. Peter’s Basilica is witness to all significant events in Catholicism. It is the headquarters of all the catholic churches over the world and where the pope resides. Near the vicinity of the basilica are other ancient and scenic spots like the Vatican Museum and Castel Sant’Angelo.
Every year, about 10 million tourists are visiting the basilica.
Louvre Museum in Paris
Louvre Museum is considered the largest art museum globally, housing 38,000 specimens and 7,500 paintings. It is also where the world’s famous Mona Lisa painting resides. It was said that you might take 100 days to view all the pieces in Louvre with just a 30-second stare per artwork.
In 2018, Louvre reached 10 million visitors making it the most visited museum in the world.
Pantheon in Rome
Another preserved temple from ancient Rome and now a Christian temple, Pantheon, is admired by many tourists setting foot in Rome. Pantheon is also one of the most ancient structures in Europe, constructed in 25 B.C by Marcus Agrippa.
Pantheon’s style is a simple classical temple style with giant columns and a perfectly shaped dome. Unlike Parthenon, it is made of bricks, concrete, granite a bit of white marble.
Every year, about 7 million tourists are admiring the Roman architecture.