When it comes to choosing between the old historical places and beautiful places to visit in Europe, there might be quite a confusion. Europe has countless number of cities that have managed to preserve medieval elements, architecture, and charm. That means these historical places give you equal opportunity to witness the beauty of the medieval cities. Check these beautiful historical cities of Europe:
AKA Brugge, is one of Europe’s best preserved cities. Bruges was once the home of Vikings, is now a charming city center. The city has many historical churches, pebble stoned lanes, canals, colorful houses, and photogenic market squares. Spending one to two days during the weekdays is the best way to enjoy the historical beauty of the city, avoiding crowd in the weekend. Belfry tower is the place to capture the panoramic view of the old town. Spring is the best time to visit Bruges.
The ancient cities and monuments reflect the rich history, once attracted many armies over the centuries. Blue Mosque, built in 1453 over the Emperor’s Palace, is still one of the most magnificent structures of the Middle Ages. Its beauty gave us word turquoise (color of the Turks) by French visitors in the 1500s. The lanes of the vast Grand Bazaar (established in 1455) will take you back in time in Istanbul. As you visit this place, you will surround yourself with pottery, spices, and Turkish delights.
York is one of the rare places in England where you can still walk on top of an originally Medieval city wall. The wall was first built in 300AD. Don’t forget to visit The Shambles, a street of traditional timber-framed buildings dating back to the 14th century. You can reach York from London by train in 2 hours. Or from the city of Leeds, it is just a 20 minute train ride. There are 30 world-class museums for you to explore. Sunday Times has voted York as the best place to live in UK.
Rhodes has Europe’s most impressive city walls. Due to its strategic position, Rhodes has been important since ancient times. With its bright green hills, rich green valleys and uninterrupted line of golden beaches, Rhodes is truly a blessed place. It is basically an island with special blend of cosmopolitan and traditional, and numerous cultural and archaeological sites. The fascinating medieval fortress-like buildings, walls and gates, narrow alleys, old houses, fountains, and squares give you a feeling like you have stepped back into medieval times.
Cinque Terre, Italy
These magical fishing villages have been here for 1000s of years. However, it was the fortifications added in the Middle Ages helped them remain untouched. The structures lit up by the twilight give them multi-color, fairy tale – like picturesque view. This UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1997, old castles, walls and other ancient structures attract millions of tourists every year.
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By Jyoti Khatri
Jyoti Khatri writes for Chillwall on fun events, fitness, lifestyle near me and around the world.