Top 5 Most Beautiful UNESCO World Heritage Sites Europe

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A UNESCO World Heritage Site is a place that has been recognized by The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) for being an attraction of different types of culture, heritage, and environmental beauty. Europe is one of the largest UNESCO awarded continents that has over 400 world heritage sites to explore, from ancient castles, old kingdoms, unique cities to natural constructions, Europe is full of magnificent places to explore. Some of the locations are very popular while some are less familiar yet so aesthetic. Here are 5 of the most beautiful UNESCO World Heritage Sites Europe that you must visit.

Venice, Italy

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The city of Venice is known as one of the most beautiful cities in the world, it was founded in the 5th century AD, and famous for its lagoon, boathouses, gondolas, and floating buildings. The city is full of beautiful infrastructure consisting of eye-pleasing colorful houses, palaces, restaurants, cafes, bridges, monuments, and much more.

Cologne Cathedral, Germany

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The Cologne Cathedral was constructed between the 13th and 15th century and it is a gothic cathedral that was left unfinished for many years until 1880 when it was finally completed. The location is remarkable for the dreamy white aesthetically pleasing designs and precious artworks, which makes it a popular place for tourists and filmmakers.

Acropolis, Greece

The Acropolis is situated on the top of a hill in the city of Athens and makes the city visible from there, there are several adjoining monuments, and they were mostly built in the 5th century BC by the ancient greeks. The historical beauty of Acropolis indicates the symbols of the Greek civilization and its importance in the ideals of democracy, independence, and philosophy.

Chartres Cathedral, France

The Chartres Cathedral in France is a 13th-century gothic aesthetic site, it was inscribed as the world heritage site in 1979 by UNESCO; The interior of the Cathedral is still the same and the artworks inside have remained intact. It is located in the small town of Chartres which is about 50 miles away from Paris, the UNESCO has referred to the cathedral as “ The high point of french gothic art” because of its undauntable beauty. The flying buttresses on the exterior, the gothic architecture, stained glass windows, contrasting pyramid-shaped spires, etc makes this historical masterpiece a place of tourism and pilgrimage.

Toledo Old Town, Spain

Famously known as the Spanish empire’s old capital before Madrid. This beautiful location is filled with many eye-catching landmarks, buildings, castles, the gothic Chapel of San Bartolomé, the military museum of Alcázar, and ancient stone bridges like the Puerta de Alfonso. Most of Toledo’s town is full of historical treasures that are built in different religious architecture styles such as Christianity, Judaism, and Islam.


Europe is the birthplace of western civilization and dynamic cultures; aside from its historical beauty, Europe is also famous for different cultural practices, festivals, cuisines, dressing, language, and celebrations. Some other well-known UNESCO world heritage sites in Europe includes- Stonehenge of UK, Vatican City, Red square of Moscow, Kronborg Castle in Denmark, Budapest, etc.

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