When we book a holiday, we can choose between something different or something that we know will be a good experience because many others have experienced it before us. With the latter, we are, of course, talking about visiting the most popular attractions. So, let’s think of some now.
Eiffel Tower (Paris, France)
The Eiffel Tower can be considered something of a symbol of Paris. The structure, occupying 324 m of the skyline, was built by engineer Gustave Eiffel in 1887 for the Exposition Universelle and to celebrate 100 years since the French Revolution. It is so famous that Blackpool in England was influenced by it in the construction of their tower, which features inside it a world-famous sprung-floor ballroom and a Wurlitzer theatre organ that rises from underneath the floor on a lift.
It would seem that the tower is attracting lovers from all around the world, who are considering the city the most romantic place in the world to develop relationships further. It cannot be just the tower, however, and many will name it “The City of Love” because of the romantic atmosphere that exists there too. This has to be because of all the lovers that are having the same idea and exuding love onto one another.
The Colosseum, (Rome, Italy)
The biggest attraction in Italy can be found in Rome, the capital. So, no surprise there. Except that the significance of The Colosseum cannot be underestimated because it stands as the largest and most famous of the Roman Empire structures still standing. This is backed up by measurements of 189 m x 156 m x 50 m.
The Colosseum can be found at the heart of the city, so it is easy to access via direct flights from all over the world. You may have also heard of this elliptical structure, made from stone, concrete, and tuff, being called the Flavian Amphitheatre. The four-storey structure is the largest amphitheatre in the world. It will seat approximately 50,000 spectators for a variety of events. It has been known to feature gladiator contests and battle re-enactments. So, if you are looking for history and entertainment, you will have come to the right place.
Statue of Liberty (New York City, USA)
We all like to feel free, and the Statue of Liberty is the symbol of freedom for America. It was gifted to them by the French in 1896. The structure in its entirety represents a Roman Goddess, and the spikes of its crown represent the world’s oceans and continents. The statue does not have it easy because it is struck by lightning something like 600 times every year.
The statue has another French connection because Gustave Eiffel helped to build it. He would assist with its integral metal structure. However, the man who dreamed up the idea of the statue in the first place was Edouard de Laboulaye. It was subsequently designed by sculptor Frederic-Auguste Bartholdi.
The Acropolis (Athens, Greece)
Anyone who visits the Acropolis will be walking on the same steps as the ancient Greeks did from 438 BC onwards. The ancient buildings here have been well restored and are worthy of further exploration.
If you stick around at the Acropolis until the end of the evening, then you can watch the magnificent sunset from the stairs of its entrance. This has become something of a nightly ritual in Athens, and so an opportunity to mix and join in with the locals for the full cultural experience.
Taj Mahal (India)
The Taj Mahal is an iconic image of India and the one place everyone will expect you to have seen if visiting there.
This 17th-century mausoleum was commissioned by Shah Jahan for Mumtaz Mahal, his wife. Rather Like the Eiffel Tower, it is considered internationally as a symbol of love. It is something of beauty because the structure has been inlaid with both precious and semi-precious stones. It has to be seen up close to be fully appreciated.
There is also the Taj Mahal’s riverfront setting to admire, along with its reflecting pools and surrounding gardens. This attraction has it all, explaining why it is so popular with tourists the world over.
So, five iconic structures or buildings to visit as part of a holiday. Why not capture in person, on your camera, and for prosperity, the images that you have only previously seen while watching the news on TV?