Eiffel Tower in ParisIf there’s one landmark that really epitomizes Europe, then that will have to be the 1889-built Eiffel Tower right in the heart of Paris. It remains the most-visited and most photographed paid monument in the whole world. In 2015 alone, close to 7 million tourists ascended in its 324-meter height with many dining in the various restaurants on its first and second levels. Many more proceeded straight to the observation deck 276 meters above the ground to get a sweeping view of Europe, not only France.
Parthenon in AthensIt may be built in antiquity but the Parthenon stands guard to the empire of the Athenians. This ancient temple, built in 447 BC and completed in 432 BC, boasts of the rich history and artistic legacy of Classical Greece. Dedicated to Athena, the Greek goddess of wisdom, civilization, crafts, arts, and law and justice, the Parthenon effectively symbolizes western civilization as this is the birthplace of the concept now called democracy.
Colosseum in RomeAnother landmark built in antiquity is the Colosseum in Rome. Built during the time of Emperor Vespasian and completed during the reign of Emperor Titus, this massive amphitheater could literally hold up to 80,000 spectators. Just to give you a point of reference, this is as big as the AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, home of the NFL team Dallas Cowboys. It’s basically well known for hosting public spectacles, executions, animal hunts, and, of course, gladiatorial contests.
Palace of Westminster in LondonSure there is the famous London Tower and the Buckingham Palace but nothing is more iconic than Big Ben at the end of the majestic complex known as the Palace of Westminster. This perpendicular Gothic Revival style of building is the home of the 2 house of the UK Parliament – the House of Lords and the House of Commons. The Big Ben, officially known as the Elizabeth Tower, is the emblem of world parliamentary democracy.
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia in BarcelonaIt may not be completed yet but the Basilica of the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona is nothing but distinct Art Nouveau and Gothis styling. It’s dubbed as a church unlike any other in the world. That’s why it is a must-visit for many tourists if only to marvel at its modern interpretation of Gothic architecture.
These are just 5 landmarks in Europe. And there are plenty more. Just make sure if you do visit these places you have the European Health Insurance Card from My Ehic so you’ll feel a lot more secure while taking in the rich history of these landmarks.