For the short break enthusiast, knowing your historic London clock towers from your ancient Roman amphitheatres is easy. But if we were to line up Europe’s most recognisable (and most visited) landmarks, could you place them in height order? Believe us when we say… it’s harder than you think!
As part of our Where in The World Campaign, we’ve been researching and collecting extraordinary and fascinating facts about the world’s most famous landmarks, which make these crowd-drawing landmarks even more, well… interesting.
As a little taster to our campaign, we challenge you to how many you can get right!
(Don’t forget to click in the image below to really put those landmarks into perspective!).
And The Landmarks Soaring Into the Lead Are…?
Both the Eiffel Tower and The Shard loom large over Paris and London, reaching just over a staggering 300 metres – that’s 3x higher than the Statue of Liberty, Big Ben and the Notre Dame! The Eiffel Tower was the tallest structure in world for 41 years until New York’s Chrysler Building surpassed Paris’ Iron Lady.
The Belfry of Bruges is half the size of Barcelona’s Sagrada Familia, while The London Eye and The Vatican are just one metre apart in size! The Sagrada Familia has been under construction since 1882 and is set to be finished in 2026 – that’s a ground-breaking 133 years in production so far. In comparison, the Coca-Cola London Eye took just 7 years to build and offers views of London as far as Windsor Castle on a clear day.
Big, but not big enough!
The Colosseum may be pretty big in diameter and also the oldest in the line-up, but it’s Nelson’s Column that reaches further into the sky, along with the Leaning Tower of Pisa. (If it wasn’t for its lean, we’re convinced it would be even bigger!). Impressively, St Paul’s Cathedral is more than double the size of the Arc De Triomphe, and one of the largest churches around; it also has the second biggest dome in the world.
And finally, if you put all these landmarks on top of each other they’d reach just over double the height of the tallest building in the world, the Burj Khalifa (and that’s pretty high!).
For more mind-boggling facts about the world’s most famous landmarks, make sure you test your skills with our interactive Where In The World Quiz! With 200 landmarks and 200 facts, will you be a Globetrotting Guru, an Energetic Adventurer or a Part-Time Wanderer?