Top 5 Historical Sites to Visit in Europe

Europe has a fascinating history from Ancient civilisations in Greece and Rome, to world changing events of the 20th century. Here are our top historical destinations in Europe.

5 historical sites to visit in Europe

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Germany – Berlin Wall

Berlin Wall, Germany

This physical divide between East and West Germany was constructed by the German Democratic Republic (GDR,East Germany) in 1961 to ‘protect’ its population from fascism.

The wall stood for almost 30 years until in 1989, after a series of radical political changes, the barrier fell.

Parts of the wall still stand today, and Berlin’s recent history continues to have a deep effect on the city and its people.

 

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Colosseum, Italy

The world’s largest amphitheatre is considered to be one of the greatest feats of Roman architecture and engineering.

Built in 80 AD under the rule of Titus, the Colosseum had a capacity of 50,000 and was primarily used as a venue for public spectacles and entertainment. This is the place where gladiators fought to the death, mock sea battles were witnessed and dramatic interpretations of classical mythology were performed.

 

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Acropolis, Greece

The Acropolis of Athens contains the remains of several ancient buildings of architectural and historic significance.

The sites most important buildings were constructed in the fifth century BC and included the Parthenon, an enduring symbol of Ancient Greece, Athenian democracy and western civilisation.

 

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Auschwitz Concentration Camp, Poland

One of the darkest periods of Europe’s history was the holocaust that occurred during the Second World War.

Auschwitz was the largest of the German concentration camps. Up to 3 million people died in the camp after being delivered there by trains from all over German-occupied Europe.

Today, Auschwitz has been turned into a museum and gives visitors the opportunity to see where and how prisoners lived first hand.

 

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Palace of Versailles, France

Originally the hunting lodge of France’s King Louis XIII, the Palace of Versailles was later transformed into a magnificent residency by his son, King Louis XIV.

He moved both court and government to Versailles in 1682, where it remained until the French Revolution in 1789.

In the 19th century, King Louis-Philippe turned it into the Museum of the History of France. Today you can wander the spectacular palace and its grounds while learning about the many important historic events that took place there.

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