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The Acropolis is a 5th century BC temple complex. The ruins strategically sit on a large rock outcropping overlooking the city. The Parthenon temple (dedicated to goddess Athena) is the most magnificent structure. Athens, Greece.
It was built in the first century BC to entertain the masses with gladiator fights and lavishly staged shows. The historic Colosseum of Rome ruins are in outstanding shape for being a 2,000 year old arena. Rome, Italy.
The lengthy, enormous, steep sided Fjords of Norway were carved out of the mountains by ancient glaciers. They are best viewed from a ship (the most popular sightseeing venue) and from mountain top lookouts accessed via trails. Norway's coast.
The sizeable, artistically designed St. Peter's Basilica (a church) is the religious heart of Roman Catholics worldwide. Famous focal points include Michelangelo's beautiful Pieta marble statue and his commanding dome that crowns the Basilica. Vatican City.
The Sistine Chapel is the home of Michelangelo's masterpiece frescos, "Genesis" and "The Last Judgment". Cardinals convene here to select new popes. Vatican City.
This palace fortress is ornate in a gracefully delicate manner. Its fountain courtyards are among its celebrated architectural masterpieces. The Alhambra sits on a hill overlooking the city. Grenada, Spain.
One of the two greatest museums in the world. Renowned masterpieces in the Louvre Museum include Leonardo da Vince's "Mona Lisa" painting and the Hellenistic "Venus de Milo" marble statue. Paris, France.
Venice is famed for its picturesque narrow canals and romantic gondola rides accompanied by singing gondoliers on moonlit nights. Northeast Italy.
Versailles was the former palace and administrative helm of King Louis XIV in the 17th century. It is gargantuan yet elegant - and is relatively well preserved. Near Paris, France.
Pompeii was a major 2,000 year old city that was suddenly buried under volcanic ash, then forgotten for over 1500 years. Much of it has now been excavated, exposing the expansive ruins. Southern Italy.
The selections are the first 10 European wonders on my list of the Top 100 Wonders of the World. Since 1968, I've been regularly researching and updating the Top 100 list.
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