Famous Landmarks & Natural Wonders in Europe

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Famous Landmarks & Natural Wonders in Europe
Europe has many natural wonders. (Europe electrique image by margouillat photo from Fotolia.com)

Europe is famous around the world for its historical landmarks. Millions of tourists visit the continent each year in the hopes of catching a glimpse of its celebrated attractions. Not only is the continent known for its renowned sights within its cities, but also the natural wonders that are part of the scenery of its countries. These are a selection of what Europe has to offer.

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Eiffel Tower – Paris, France

Originally built by Gustav Eiffel in 1889 as part of the World Exhibition, the Eiffel Tower, standing at 984ft is the tallest building in Paris. As a tourist attraction, the Eiffel Tower has much to offer. It is the home to restaurants including the Jules Verne Restaurant and 58 Tour Eiffel as well as other shops.

Famous Landmarks & Natural Wonders in Europe
The Eiffel Tower is perhaps Europe's most famous landmark. (Tour Eiffel Paris. Eiffel Tower, Trocadero. image by Blue Moon from Fotolia.com)

Big Ben – London, England

Big Ben is one of London’s most famous landmarks and refers to not the clock tower itself but to the bell inside. Located near the Houses of Parliament, Big Ben is famed for its reliability as well as its accuracy in telling the time. The tower is not open to the general public for viewing. But according to AboutBritian.com, those with a special interest in the monument may arrange a visit through their local Member of Parliament.

Famous Landmarks & Natural Wonders in Europe
Big Ben is the name of a bell in the famous tower. (Big Ben image by Isolina from Fotolia.com)

The Colosseum – Rome, Italy

Completed in the year AD80, the Colosseum was originally known as the Flavian Amphitheater. The theatre was built with several floors and with the capacity to hold up to 55,000 spectators. It was used by Roman emperors to entertain the crowds with free games. Popular entertainment often featured duals between gladiators or animals and gladiators. According to A View in Cities, the southern side of the Colosseum was destroyed in an earthquake in 847. To this day, the Colosseum is one of the most outstanding creations of the Roman Empire.

Famous Landmarks & Natural Wonders in Europe
The Colosseum is still standing after nearly 2,000 years. (colosseum image by maya from Fotolia.com)

White Cliffs of Dover – Dover, England

Known as one of England’s most stunning natural features, the White Cliffs of Dover according to White Cliffs Country, has been voted as Britain’s most admired stretch of coastline. Rising out of the English Channel, the Cliffs achieve their dazzling colour from the white limestone that the rocks are composed off. The Cliffs have been graced by millions of visitors.

Famous Landmarks & Natural Wonders in Europe
The White Cliffs of Dover are at the southern coast of the island. ("seven sisters" white cliffs image by Shirley Hirst from Fotolia.com)

The Great Geysir – Haukadalur, Iceland

Located in Haukadalur, the Great Geysir also known as Stori-Geysir is one of the country’s most popular sights. It is described by Famous Wonders as a gushing hot spring that was formed as a result of earthquakes during the 13th century. It also goes on to state that the Geysir has the capacity to spout steam and hot water reaching approximately 60 to 80 meters in height. Nowadays, it is a rare to see the Geysir in action, however, The Strokkur, another geyser located just 100 meters away (although not as impressive in height), is said to erupt every five minutes.

Famous Landmarks & Natural Wonders in Europe
The Great Geysir is one of Iceland's most notable sights. (Geysir image by Monty Schumacher from Fotolia.com)

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