The continent of Europe is rich in history and it is filled with amazing historical sites that attract millions of visitors each year. There are far too many to list so here are some of the most amazing historical sites to visit across Europe.
Britain’s Stately Homes
Britain is known for its stunning beauty and architecture. Many of the houses owned by wealthy families are open to the public. These homes have fabulous architecture and they contain antique furniture, and artwork that you can view. Many of them also have stunning gardens and grounds that you can wander through.
Some of these stately homes can be rented out to the public as well and you can host a party or stay in these buildings. There are some stately homes which are currently occupied, and therefore aren’t open to the public. As these homes are so large they do need a team to help run them, so if you are interested in working in a stunning historical property then you can apply for a job and that way you’ll also be able to earn some money during your travels.
The Eiffel Tower in Paris, France is one of the most famous historical landmarks in the world. The structure was built as the entrance to the World Fair of 1889 and it was considered an eyesore by many when it was first erected. More than seven million guests visit this iconic building and it contains restaurants and three areas that you can explore. Head to the observation deck and see a stunning view of the city. There is a park underneath the Eiffel tower that is a great place for a picnic and you can pick up amazing sandwiches from street vendors.
The Alhambra, Granada City
Alhambra means “red” in Arabic and this stunning military fortress is filled with palaces and other buildings and offers a stunning view of the city of Granada. It was originally constructed as a military fortress in the 9th century. It was then demolished and rebuilt by Mohammed ben Al-Hamar, the first king of the Nasrid dynasty, in the 13th century. The complex fell into disrepair over the centuries but a restoration project began in the 19th century to preserve its natural heritage.
Colosseum, Rome, Italy
It’s almost impossible to visit Rome without seeing the Colosseum. It is over two thousand year old and it is the biggest Roman amphitheatre. It was originally built for entertainment and crowds of up to 80,000 people would go there to watch plays, gladiator matches, and other forms of entertainment.
Over the years it has also been used as a fortress, a quarry and residences for the church. The architecture has been damaged during earthquakes but it is still an impressive sight to see. If you want to explore this structure in depth you can opt for a pass that allows you guided tours of areas that are not open to the general public and you can skip the long line ups to get in.
Ruins of Pompeii
The eruption of the Mount Vesuvius caused the destruction of the city of Pompeii in 79AD. Everything in the city was perfectly preserved and you can see people, pottery, animals, furniture, glassware and art that are nearly 2000 years old. A few sites that you can visit in Pompeii are the House of the Faun, Temple of Apollo, Amphitheatre of Pompeii, Temple of Jupiter and Villa of Mysteries.