10 Most Famous Monuments In Europe

1. 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. With height of 324 meters, the tower is the tallest structure in Paris and was the tallest tower in the world from 1889 to 1930. It is the most-visited paid monument in the world, with over 7 million people in 2011

10 Most Famous Monuments In Europe: Eiffel Tower in Paris

The Eiffel Tower in Paris – a symbol of France

 

2. 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. Built in AD 70-80, it is an UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the most famous structures in the world

The Colosseum in Rome, known worldwide

The Colosseum in Rome, known worldwide

The Colosseum in Rome, known worldwide

The Colosseum in Rome, known worldwide

3. 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

10 Most Famous Monuments In Europe: The Big Ben

10 Most Famous Monuments In Europe: The Big Ben

 

4. 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

Saint Basil's Cathedral, Moscow, Russia

Saint Basil’s Cathedral, Moscow, Russia

 

5. 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. The construction began on 1173 and completed only in 1372. The tower’s height is 55 meters (183 ft)

 Leaning Tower of Pisa, Pisa, Italy

Leaning Tower of Pisa, Pisa, Italy

 

6. 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

10 Most Famous Monuments In Europe: London Tower Bridge

10 Most Famous Monuments In Europe: London Tower Bridge

 

7. 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. Although incomplete, the church is a UNESCO World Heritage Site

Gaudi's Sagrada Familia, Barcelona, Spain

Gaudi’s Sagrada Familia, Barcelona, Spain

8. 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. It was constructed in 1806-1836 and is 50 meters (164 ft) in high

Arc de Triumph, Paris, France

Arc de Triumph, Paris, France

 

9. 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

10 Most Famous Monuments In Europe: Acropolis Of Athens

10 Most Famous Monuments In Europe: Acropolis Of Athens

 

10. 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

10 Most Famous Monuments In Europe: Trevi Fountain

10 Most Famous Monuments In Europe: Trevi Fountain

 

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