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3 places to see in Europe before you die

Travel lovers know exactly what to do with their leisure time; discovering new horizons, new cultures, and finding exciting and interesting places is their way of life. Travel is not only a way of rediscovering the world around us, it’s also a way of enriching our lives and souls as well. Whether you’re an intrepid adventurer or you just enjoy the calm of a quiet holiday, we bring you three places to visit before you die – take advantage of cheap flights to Europe and don’t miss these destinations!

Paris is a dream city that you should visit at least once in your life. It’s the city of lights and love, and has inspired artists, filmmakers and writers throughout the ages. The Eiffel Tower is its most well-known symbol, built for the 1889 Universal Exhibition in Paris (Exposition Universelle de Paris). Situated on the banks of the Seine River and next to the Champ de Mars, it was the tallest building in the world for 41 years. But the city also has great cultural attractions such as the Louvre Museum, one of the most important in the world. Beneath its pyramids, there is a huge centre where art from all periods can be found. There is also the Musée d’Orsay and the Musée de l’Orangerie, specialising mainly in impressionist and post-impressionist art, or the Musée Rodin, dedicated to the works of the famous sculptor. And you can’t go to Paris without visiting Notre Dame, one of the most beautiful landmarks in the city. If you have some time, take the opportunity to stroll around the most bohemian district of Paris, Montmartre, the painters’ quarter.

Another must-see place is Rome. The Italian capital is also known as the eternal city (Città Eterna). Founded in 753 B.C., it’s considered the city with the greatest amount of historical and architectural assets in the world. Its most famous monument is the Colosseum, visited by 6 million tourists every year. Known during the Roman Empire as the Flavian Amphitheatre, it allowed more than 50,000 people to enjoy shows like gladiator fights, battle recreations, exotic animal exhibitions or prisoner executions. For its part, the Roman Forum was the nerve centre of ancient Rome, where public life took place. There you can see the Via Sacra, the main street of the city in antiquity, the Arch of Tito, the Arch of Septimius Severus, the Temple of Castor and Pollux or the Temple of Saturn. Another great place to see is the Fontana di Trevi. This fountain occupies an entire square, is the largest in the city and also the most beautiful. It is said that anyone who tosses a coin there will come back to Rome. Other important places to see in the area are the Piazza Navona, the catacombs, the Papal Basilica of St. Peter in the Vatican, the Sistine Chapel, where you can see the incredible work of great artists, where Michelangelo’s frescoes are remarkable, or the Pantheon of Agrippa, the best preserved building of ancient Rome.

Another beautiful city is Prague, the capital of the Czech Republic. One of its major tourist attractions is Prague Castle, which dates back to the 9th century. It was the place of residence of the different dynasties of kings that arrived. Behind its walls you can find a small village with many interesting places to see. St. Vitus Cathedral, also known as the Gothic Cathedral of Prague, was built by Charles IV. This great building was the coronation place of all the kings of Bohemia. One of the most emblematic monuments of the city is the Astronomical Clock. This artifact, built during the Middle Ages, is located on the south wall of the town hall. Every rush hour, little animated figures do their dance. If you’re enjoying Prague for a few days, don’t forget to visit Charles Bridge, Týn Church, or the colourful Golden Lane.

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