We are going to explore the famous European Landmarks. The word landmark as defined in any dictionary means among others, a building or other place that is of outstanding cultural and historical importance.
They are usually designed by international or local authorities as such. In the following pages we are going the mention some of the most important and sometimes not so known as perhaps the Leaning Tower of Pisa.
The one and only Versailles Palace in France
I picked them in no particular order, trying to cover at least one landmark per country.
The Louvre Museum in Paris the Capital of France
Louvre Museum in Paris is the pride and honor of the French people. It is located in the center of the Capital city of Paris near the River Seine. It is home to some of the world’s most important pieces of art among them the Venus of Milo and the Mona Lisa.
The Leaning Tower of Pisa in Italy
The Tower of Pisa or in Italian Torre di Pisa, is a free standing tower known worldwide for its tilt to one side. It is the Campanile of the Cathedral of Pisa. It is located not far from the Renaissance city of Florence, perfect for a day trip.
Buckingham Palace, London residence of the Royal Family
Buckingham Palace is London residence of Queen Elizabeth II and the Royal Family. This 600 room palace, surrounded by beautiful gardens, is one of England’s most famous landmarks.
The Acropolis dominating the skyline of Athens
This landmark is the first you see while arriving in Athens, Greece. The Acropolis dates to the 5th century BC following the victory against the Persians and the establishment of the world’s oldest democracy. It was built under the guidance of sculpture Phidias transforming the bare hill into a monument revered by the people of the planet.
Brandenburg Gate is the symbol of Unified Germany
The Brandenburg Gate, located at the end of Unter den Linden, the great boulevard in Berlin. It was originally part of a wall surrounding Berlin and was the main entrance to the city. It is the only gate that remains of this former city wall. It was commissioned by Emperor Wilhelm and constructed between the years 1778 and 1791.
La Sagrada Familia in Barcelona
La Sagrada Familia reaching high on Barcelona’s skyline is the Largest Roman Catholic Church in Europe. Built by Catalan artist Antonio Gaudi it is still under construction with an estimated time of conclusion by 2016. It is by far one of the most important landmarks in Catalonia.
Hermitage Museum in Saint Petersburg Russia
The Hermitage Museum in Saint Petersburg, Russia founded in 1764 by Catherine the Great, is a massive museum of art and culture showing the highlights of a collection of over 3 million items from around the world. The collections occupy a large complex of six historic buildings including the Winter Palace, a former residence of Russian emperors.
Charles Bridge the highlight of the City of Prague
Charles Bridge is named after King Charles IV ruler of Bohemia from 1346 until 1378. This is the only bridge that crosses the River Vltava in Prague and is decorated by 30 baroque style statues. You will find many artists painting and selling their work.
The Little Mermaid on the Harbor of Copenhagen
The statue of the Little Mermaid in Copenhagen stands as a symbol for the city and country as a whole. She is as important for Copenhagen as the Statue of Liberty for New York and Giza Pyramids for Egypt. It was sculpted and placed in the harbor in 1913. It is indeed little st less than 2 m high.
Belem Tower is an important landmark in Lisbon
Torre de Belem was built in 1515 as a fortress to guard the entrance to Lisbon Harbour. It was the starting point of many of the discovery voyages. It often serves as a symbol of Portugal and has been listed as one of UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
Images for European Landmarks
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