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20 most beautiful UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Europe

There are thousands of beautiful places on the continent that you must see. They are as diverse as Europe. How to choose? Here is a tasting of 20 UNESCO treasures:

Plitvice lakes

Forest reserve in central Croatia known for its terraced lakes, waterfalls, caves and limestone canyons.

Red Square in Moscow, Russia

The square is east of the Kremlin. It is dominated by magnificent buildings such as St. Basil’s Cathedral and the State Historical Museum.

Vlkolínec, Slovakia

One of the most visited Slovak villages and an oasis of folk architecture. As the only community in Slovakia, it is not distroyed by new buildings.

Rila Monastery, Bulgaria

The largest and most famous orthodox monastery in Bulgaria. It was founded in the 10th century and renovated in the mid-19th century.

Mont-Saint-Michel, France

Gothic style abbey built between the 11th and 16th centuries on islands. The place faces fierce floods in north-west Normandy.

Monastery in Alcobaca, Portugal

The Roman Catholic Church north of Lisbon in the town of Alcobaca, founded in the 12th century by King Alfonso I. It represents the arrival of the Early Gothic in Portugal.

Budapest (bank of the Danube, Buda Castle District, Andrássy Avenue), Hungary

The city center represents a great era of Hungarian history through beautiful architecture, including masterpieces such as the Parliament, the Opera House, the Hungarian Academy of Sciences and the Great Market Hall.

The Churches of Peace in Jawor and Świdnica

Churches built in the year after the Peace of Westphalia (treaties that ended the Thirty Years’ War in 1648) are the largest wooden religious buildings in Europe.

Wooden church in Urnese, Norway

An spectacular example of traditional Scandinavian architecture in the beautiful area of ​​Sogn og Fjordane in Western Norway.

The Giant’s Causeway in Northern Ireland

The heavily littered coastline, created by some 40,000 polygonal basalt columns, is the result of ancient volcanic activity.

Pont du Gard (ancient Roman Aqueduct), France

An ancient Roman aqueduct crossing the Gardon River in southern France. It runs almost 50 kilometers of water to Nimes and is almost 49 meters high on 3 levels, making it a technical and artistic masterpiece.

Pilgrimage Church of Wies, Germany

Preserved in a beautiful Alpine valley, the Bavarian rococo church is located about 80 kilometers from Munich.

West Norwegian Fjords, Norway

Geirangerfjord and Nærøyfjord in southwest Norway are one of the longest and deepest fjords in the world. The beautiful surrounding countryside offers many waterfalls, glacial lakes and forests.

Vatican

One of the holiest cities hosts many artistic and architectural masterpieces such as St. Peter’s Basilica, the Sistine Chapel or the Vatican Museums.

Thousands of years old Benedictine Abbey in Pannonhalma, Hungary

The monastic community and one of the oldest historical monuments in Hungary was founded in 996.

Pirin National Park, Bulgaria

The Pirin Mountains National Park in southwestern Bulgaria is scattered with alpine meadows, glacial lakes, coniferous forests and there are also two ski resorts.

La Grande Place, Brussels, Belgium

The central square in Brussels with uniform, architecturally rich buildings from the 17th century.

The historic city of Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina

The historic city in southern Bosnia and Herzegovina lies on the Neretva River. It is known for the Old Bridge, built in the 16th century and considered one of the greatest architectural achievements in the Ottoman Balkans.

Ilulissat Icefjord, Denmark

A fjord in western Greenland about 150 kilometers from the Arctic Circle. This includes the Sermeq Kujalleq, one of the most active glaciers in the world.

Palau de la Música Catalana, Barcelona, ​​Spain

The famous music hall and one of the finest examples of Catalan modernism. Rich details, floral patterns and rounded lines from the workshop of the Art Nouveau architects Lluís Doménech and Montaner.

BARCELONA – AUGUST 8: Interior of Palau de la Musica Catalana, modernist Concert Hall designed by the architect Lluis Domenech i Montaner in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain, on August 8, 2017
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