Planning on heading to Europe in the coming year? If you are, you’re probably not alone. 670.6 million people visited Europe in 2017 alone.
But is it really worth the hype? In this case, it is. Europe is packed with wonders that just can’t be seen anywhere else.
With thousands of years of history, that can hardly be surprising. From castles to vineyards, to just about everything else, there’s something for everyone in Europe.
So what, exactly, is there to see? Here are six European landmarks that should definitely be on your list.
1. Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood
In 1881, Czar Alexander II of Russia was attacked, which later led to his death. In the very spot where the attack happened, his son had a building constructed in his honor.
This building, known as the Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood, is absolutely incredible. Its stunning colors and architecture are more than Instagram-worthy. You may not ever post your pictures though, since the beauty may entirely distract you.
The church is filled with mosaics. They cover more than 7,500 square meters of space and feature stories and figures from the Bible.
This church is located in St. Petersburg, so it won’t be out of your way if you’re headed to see famous sites in Russia. Though the church was damaged during the Russian Revolution in 1917, it has been restored and is glorious to behold.
Trust us, you don’t want to miss this one. The story and beauty are perfect for those who operate a travel blog.
2. The Grand Place
You may not have heard of this European landmark, but it’s definitely time you did. Located in Brussels, the Grand Place is a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Essentially, it’s a large square. But it isn’t just a place for walkers, shoppers, and sellers to hang out. It houses places to eat, places to shop, concerts, and other events.
And if you’re looking to buy some iconic Belgian flowers, you’ll be able to find them here.
Full of centuries of history and incredible architecture, you’ll love roaming around this square. Make sure you take a look at the Hôtel de Ville, the most recognizable part of the square.
3. Eiffel Tower
Few things are as iconic as the Eiffel Tower. If you want to visit the most popular places in Europe, this one must be on your list.
This magnificent tower was originally built for an exposition in Paris. The exposition was to be held in 1889 to celebrate 100 years since the French Revolution.
Building this tower was no small feat. Construction took more than two years and required some major know-how. The man in charge, Gustave Eiffel, definitely knew what he was doing.
One fun fact about this tower is that it wasn’t intended to last as long as it has. Lucky for us it’s still around, instead of having been torn down when it turned 20 years old, as was planned.
If you think the tower looks somewhat like an antenna, you wouldn’t be wrong. It was used to transmit military communications, as well as public radio and television.
4. Mont Saint-Michel Abbey
Located in Normandy France, this abbey sits on an island off France’s northwestern coast. The medieval abbey is absolutely stunning and always worth a visit. You probably won’t be able to limit yourself to a single photo.
Enjoy the architecture of the abbey, and check out what surrounds it, too. You’ll find stores as well as homes for the fishermen and farmers who live on the island.
This site isn’t as well known as many other sites in France, but it should really be at the top of your list.
5. The Colosseum
This Italian destination is well known across the world, and for good reason. Built during the Roman Empire, the Colosseum is an enormous amphitheater. In fact, it’s the largest one on earth.
In other words, you’ve really got to see it. You may want to pull out your panorama mode for this one so you can show your followers just how massive and incredible it is.
This huge stone and concrete edifice can hold more than 50,000 people at once.
6. Buckingham Palace
Currently the residence of Queen Elizabeth II, Buckingham Palace is one place you’ll never forget. It’s been the administrative headquarters for the UK since 1837.
The palace is simply enormous, so you definitely won’t get to see all of it. At least, not from the inside. There are nearly 800 rooms, as well as a stunning garden.
Visit in August and September if you’d like to view the staterooms, or make sure they’re open for public access before you go. There are only certain days throughout the year on which you’ll be able to see them.
Located in London, England, the palace wasn’t owned by the royals until 1761. King George III purchased the existing building for his wife, which was turned into a palace in 1820.
Don’t Miss These European Landmarks
Each of these European landmarks is a must see. Make sure you pencil them into your itinerary as you’re planning your trip!
Some of these locations are better known than others, but each one is worth your time. Take a visit, explore, and be awed by the history and grandeur that Europe has to offer.
And don’t forget to take lots of pictures! Your Instagram followers will thank you.
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