A Unique Perspective on Iconic European Landmarks

Take a second look at some of the most recognizable European landmarks and learn some fun facts about each of them in this photo gallery.

  • european landmark the royal crescent

    A feat of Georgian architecture built between 1767 and 1775, the Royal Crescent in Bath has housed a number of famous people over the years. Today, this European landmark is home to a five-star hotel, a museum and private residences.

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  • european landmark edinburgh castle

    A historic fortress atop Castle Rock, Edinburgh Castle was the foundation of what is now Scotland’s capital. At the castle gate of this European landmark, bronze statues of two of Scotland’s most heroic freedom fighters—William Wallace (pictured) and Robert the Bruce—stand guard.

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  • european landmark L'Arc de Triomphe

    The Arc de Triomphe de l’Étoile was commissioned by Napoleon in 1806 and completed in 1836. Originally intended as a monument to those who fought in the Napoleonic Wars, this European landmark has become a symbol of patriotism honoring French soldiers from World War I and World War II as well.

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  • European landmark the Eiffel Tower

    The Eiffel Tower is one of the most recognizable (and most Instagrammed) European landmarks. Nearly 7 million people visit the wrought iron lattice tower each year.

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  • european landmark pompeii frescoes

    When Mount Vesuvius erupted in 79 A.D., the lava that covered Pompeii and the surrounding regions preserved artifacts from daily life—including works of art. The preserved frescoes found in Pompeii are some of the few remaining examples of art from their era.

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  • european landmark rome colosseum

    Once the center of the ancient Roman civilization, the Colosseum is one of Rome’s most popular tourist attractions. The structure of the European landmark that remains today has withstood centuries of weathering, several earthquakes, and eras of neglect wherein materials from the amphitheater were harvested for use in the construction of other buildings.

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  • european landmark stonehenge

    Though no one knows for sure why it was built, many archaeologists believe Stonehenge was a place of worship tied to lunar and solar patterns. This prehistoric site and European landmark in Wiltshire, England, is easily accessible from London on a day trip.

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  • european landmark library at trinit college

    The Old Library of Trinity College is the largest in Ireland, occupying six buildings and filled with more than 200,000 books. The original building was completed in 1732, and the Old Library’s famous Long Room remains Europe’s largest single-room library.

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  • european landmark piazzo san marco

    Venice’s busy Piazzo San Marco, known in English as St. Mark’s Square, is a must-see on any Venetian itinerary. From this European landmark, you can access the Doge’s Palace, St. Mark’s Basilica and St. Mark’s Campanile, and there are plenty of opportunities for shopping and dining.

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  • european landmark romeo and juliet's balcony

    Visiting Juliet’s famous balcony from Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet is a popular activity in Verona, Italy. Come with pen and paper—and perhaps some chewing gum—so you can leave a letter to Juliet on the wall of her courtyard.

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  • european landmark leaning tower of pisa

    The Leaning Tower of Pisa was built over a period of 200 years, and it was meant to be the final touch on Pisa’s Square of Miracles. The European landmark’s signature lean is caused by the soft, marshy consistency of the soil on which the foundation was built. In fact, the tower isn’t the only structure in the region that leans—it’s just the most famous.

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  • european landmark big ben

    A picture with Big Ben is on many a London bucket list. But you’ll have to climb to the top of Elizabeth Tower if you want a really good photo op—while the nickname often extends to the clock tower as a whole, Big Ben is actually the Great Bell inside the tower of this European landmark.

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  • european landmark the royal crescent
  • european landmark edinburgh castle
  • european landmark L'Arc de Triomphe
  • European landmark the Eiffel Tower
  • european landmark pompeii frescoes
  • european landmark rome colosseum
  • european landmark stonehenge
  • european landmark library at trinit college
  • european landmark piazzo san marco
  • european landmark romeo and juliet's balcony
  • european landmark leaning tower of pisa
  • european landmark big ben

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