Europe boasts a treasure-trove of world-famous monuments, iconic landmarks that celebrate the culture of the place and era in which they were built. While it's easy to view these places in media, there’s nothing like seeing them in person. If you are planning a European vacation, be sure to add these monuments to your travel itinerary. Most are near a myriad of hotels and transportation stops, making them easy to visit.

01Athens Acropolis

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The Acropolis of Athens is a UNESCO World Heritage Site that dates back to at least the Bronze Age, but it's best known for its Golden Age splendor in the form of its most-famous structures that include: the Parthenon, a Doric temple; the Temple of Athena-Nike, an Ionic temple; the Propylaea, a huge entryway to the Acropolis; and the Erechtheion, a sacred marble temple. The ancient citadel boasts magnificent views of the city of Athens and is easily one of the world’s most recognizable monuments. Some of the city's best restaurants, galleries, and other cultural attractions are situated conveniently distance from the Acropolis.