By Jason Swindon
There is something so mesmerizing about visiting historical monuments, thinking back to the past, trying to picture what it might have been like to live around the time that the structure was built. Having the chance to admire amazing architectural feats of the past is without a doubt one of the most popular things to experience when travelling. It is no secret that Britain has an almost endless number of historical buildings, with their thrilling histories. Places like Westminster Abbey, Edinburgh Castle, The Natural History Museum and Buckingham Palace immediately spring to mind, but what about the amazing architecture that the rest of Europe has to offer? We’ve scoured the continent searching for three of the most stunning buildings that should immediately be added to your bucket list.
The Berlin Cathedral, Germany
Built in 1465, demolished in 1894 and then rebuilt as the magnificent cathedral that we have today, this building takes the idea of beauty to a whole new level. With its amazing audio guided tour around the entire structure, this is definitely the place to learn about the rife history of Berlin. The cathedral is situated on Museum Island, which is the northern half of the island in the Spree River of the Mitte district. With five significant museums in walking distance, and a transport hub nearby, Mitte has great accommodation options to cater to your desired taste.
The Colosseum, Italy
It would be impossible to talk about amazing architectural feats around Europe, without mentioning the famous elliptical amphitheatre of the Roman Empire. Famously known as the greatest work of Roman architecture and engineering, this historical landmark holds the title as largest amphitheatre in the world. To think that it was built in 70-80 AD is quite mind-blowing. One could spend hours strolling around the site, admiring the sheer genius that must have gone into the building’s design.
Arc de Triomphe de l'Étoile, France
This immense arch, whose name translates to Arch of Triumph of the Stars, is one of the most famous monuments in Paris. Situated in the centre of the Place Charles de Gaulle, the meeting point of twelve straight avenues (which gave it the historical name “Square of the Star”), this arch offers some of the best 360 degree views of Paris. If the 284 stairs up to the top seem a little too daunting, you’ll be glad to know that there is a lift that can take you straight up to the arch’s “attic." Underneath the arch lies the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, with its eternal flame, honouring the memory of soldiers who have lost their lives in war.