Europe is part of Eurasian continent. This part of the world is very diverse and very diverse is also the natural and man made heritage. Highlights of Europe are:
- Historical architecture - Europe is unsurpassed in terms of historical architecture and art. People are spending their whole lives, travelling and researching this heritage but we can be confident - no one is able to comprehend all these values. Many buildings in Europe represent a peak of artistic and structural skills of people - such as Florence Cathedral, Beauvais Cathedral, Palace of Versailles, Palace of Westminster and numerous other buildings. Venice, Chester, Prague and many other European cities belong to the most beautiful historical cities of the world.
- Heritage of ancient civilizations - Europe was the birthplace of several major civilizations, notably - civilizations of the Ancient Greece and Roman Empire. We are still inspired by the ancient Greek and Roman art, their buildings and cities. Among the best known monuments are Acropolis of Athens and Pantheon, Colosseum, Pompeii in Italy.
- Prehistoric heritage - cave art and megaliths. Tens of thousands years ago Europeans created magnificent art - making us to understand that people back then in those distant times were not less skilled than us. Among the best examples are paintings in Lascaux (France), La Marche (France), Chauvet (France), Altamira (Spain) caves. European megaliths are the best known in the world - especially the grand megalithic structures in the United Kingdom, Ireland and France. These structures are many thousand years old and - what irritates and fascinates modern people a lot - their purpose often remains unknown. Some of the best known megaliths are Stonehenge (Great Britain), Newgrange (Ireland), Carnac stones (France).
List of the most outstanding landmarks will be prepared, when all European countries and territories will be described.
Countries and territories of Europe
Europe here is divided in 52 following countries and territories:
|Country, territory||No. of landmarks|
|Bosnia and Herzegovina||1|
|Faroe Islands (Denmark)||1|
|Gibraltar (United Kingdom)||1|
|Jan Mayen (Norway)||0|
|Republic of Macedonia||1|
|Russia (European part)||2|
|Turkey (European part)||1|
Map of Europe
The word "megalith" brings one immediate association to many people around the world - Stonehenge. This archaeological monument certainly is a part of popculture. It is silent heroe of numerous movies, paintings, comixes and - countless pseudoscientific theories and even religious movements.
At a first glance Stonehenge is far less impressive than many other archaeological wonders of the world. Nevertheless it is very distinct, unique landmark without comparable matches worldwide.