Europe is steeped in historical and cultural gems and if you are contemplating visiting, it can be hard to know where to start. To help, we have complied a little synopsis of the seven wonders (in alphabetical order) of the region to whet your appetite...
Acropolis - Athens, Greece
The word acropolis originates from a Greek word meaning ‘highest point, extremity’ which is perfectly fitting for the Acropolis of Athens, a citadel built on a rocky formation overlooking Athens. This world famous site is home to several ancient buildings symbolising a monument of classical spirit combined with complex architectural splendour. Check out our Dubrovnik to Athens trip that will deliver you to the Acropolis.
Alhambra Palace - Granada, Spain
The Alhambra Palace was originally built as a small fortress in 889 AD, the ruins of which were renovated in the mid-13th century to become the glorious palace and fortress complex that it now is. This crimson castle poetically glows amidst the deep richness of the dense English elm forest that surrounds it. Our Sierra Nevada & Granada trip provides a day to explore Granada, the Moorish city, home to the Alhambra Palace.
Colosseum - Rome, Italy
The Colosseum is a spectacular oval amphitheatre, it is the largest ever built and is thought it could hold approximately 80,000 spectators. Built of concrete and sand, and situated in the centre of Rome this immense structure cannot be fully appreciated without visiting in person. Why not go on our Barcelona to Rome trip which will take you to the Colosseum itself.
Hagia Sophia - Istanbul, Turkey
Originally a Greek Orthodox church, then an imperial mosque and now a museum, the Hagia Sophia lives up to its name, that is from the Greek word ‘holy wisdom’. This delicate and beautiful complex is a mathematical, artistic and architectural inspiration steeped in history. Our Turkey Encompassed trip offers an additional visit to Hagia Sophia.
Stonehenge - Amesbury, England
This prehistoric monument is arguably the most famous monument in the world. Based in Wiltshire this iconic ring of standing stones could have been a burial site from as early as 3000 BC. The reason for the construction of Stonehenge is unknown however speculation ranges from human sacrifice to astronomy. Stonehenge is owned by the Crown, managed by English Heritage and the surrounding land is owned by the National Trust.
Neuschwanstein Castle - Füssen, Germany
This palace was built in the nineteenth century on a hill above the village of Hohenschwangau. The castle named Neuschwanstein Castle means ‘New Swanstone Castle’ in English. The prestigious grey structure is one of the most popular palaces and castles in Europe and, once you have seen it, it will come as no surprise to you that it was inspirational in the creation of Disneyland's Sleeping Beauty Castle.
Saint Basil’s Cathedral - Moscow, Russia
Also known as The Cathedral of Vasily the Blessed and officially known as the Cathedral of the Intercession of the Most Holy Theotokos on the Moat. This building is a visual delight; shaped as a flame rising into the sky, combining an array of colours, this church possesses a unique vibrancy. The Cathedral is now a museum and can be visited on our Beijing to Moscow trip.
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