The Legacy of Ancient Landmarks in Europe

Jacques Barie


In the last few years, I’ve had the opportunity to travel through Europe. It’s been an amazing experience, but there’s one thing that bothers me: tourists. You’ll find them everywhere you go—the Eiffel Tower, Stonehenge, even the Colosseum! These places have been around for hundreds of years and yet most people don’t know a thing about them. Sure, they look pretty cool but if you want to be able to hold an intelligent conversation with your friends back home or impress your new European friends while out on the town then read on! Here are some facts about these famous landmarks:

How old is the Tower of Pisa?

The Tower of Pisa, which stands at a height of 55 meters (180 feet), is one of the most famous landmarks in Europe. It was built between 1173 and 1370 by architect Bonanno Pisano and engineer Diotisalvi. The tower leans about 4 degrees because of subsidence; this means that it has sunk into the ground over time due to poor building materials used during construction.

The top floor houses a museum dedicated to Galileo Galilei who was born in Pisa in 1564; it also houses paintings by Taddeo Gaddi (1300s).

When was Stonehenge built?

Stonehenge is one of the most famous ancient landmarks in Europe. Built between 3000 and 2000 BC, it is estimated that Stonehenge took over 2,000 years to construct.

The exact date of its construction has been debated for many years and there are many theories about who built it and why. The most popular theory suggests that the site was built by Neolithic people who migrated from continental Europe around 5500 BC as part of a cultural movement known as “the Beaker Folk”. This theory is supported by evidence from pottery found nearby which shows similarities with other sites along the Atlantic coast such as Brittany and Ireland (source: https://www2a2e2f6c8c6d4b6b74945646c5d4a4f62e0dcac7ac1e555624b8d07abedec9b742ebbaa947d7c90464db).

What year did the Colosseum open?

The Colosseum was built in 70 AD. It’s a large amphitheatre in the centre of Rome, Italy, that was used for gladiatorial contests and public spectacles such as animal hunts, executions, re-enactments of famous battles and medieval tournaments. In its prime it could hold 50 000 spectators!

The Colosseum was the largest amphitheatre ever built by the Romans; its construction started under Vespasian (69-79 AD) but he died before it was completed by Titus who finished it after his father’s death in 81 AD. It took eight years to build this huge structure which measures 188 metres long by 156 metres wide with walls up to 48 metres high on each side – equivalent to four storeys high!. The arena floor covered an area of 8 acres (3 hectares).

Can you name all of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World?

Can you name all of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World?

The ancient wonders of the world were the pyramids of Giza, the temple of Artemis at Ephesus, the statue of Zeus at Olympia, the Mausoleum at Halicarnassus, the Colossus of Rhodes and two other lost wonders that have been lost to time.

You can’t travel to Europe without learning about it’s ancient landmarks.

If you want to travel Europe and learn about its history, there are a few places that you cannot miss. The Tower of Pisa, Stonehenge and Colosseum are all ancient landmarks that have stood for thousands of years. However, there are many other ancient landmarks in Europe that aren’t as well known but just as important.

The Seven Wonders of the Ancient World were created by humans between 2500 BC and 600 BC. They were considered wonders because they were so large or beautiful that people couldn’t believe they were built by human hands alone (or even animals!).


We hope you’ve enjoyed this brief history of Europe’s ancient landmarks. If you’re planning on traveling to Europe soon, you’ll want to make sure that these sites are at the top of your list!

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