More than its beautiful beaches, cultural diversity and impeccable food, Europe is notorious for its exquisite structures and historical monuments. It is not only cities such as Athens and Rome that commemorate these astounding works, but several others listed below, that hide ancient treasures and wonders, thousands of years old. Having survived a variety of natural disasters, human combat, and centuries of time, the structures below signify not only the most important historical monuments, but also the most expensive in existence today.
There is one monument however, not located in Europe and therefore not included in our top 10 list, but well worthy of an honorable mention. Located on Pennsylvania Avenue NW in Washington, D.C., The White House is a six story home built between 1792 and 1800 by Irish architect James Hoban and has served as the official home and workplace for American Presidents since 1800. The home has an estimated value of $101 Billion.
9 Stonehenge, England: $13 Billion
8 The Prado Museum, Madrid: $73 Billion
7 The Tower of London: $89 Billion
6 The Duomo Cathedral, Milan: $103 Billion
5 The Sagrada Familia Cathedral, Barcelona: $112 Billion
4 Rome’s Colosseum: $114 Billion
3 Eiffel Tower, Paris: $344 Billion
2 The Parthenon, Athens: Undetermined
1 Hagia Sophia, Istanbul: Priceless
In 2011, Hagia Sophia was included as one of the seven modern wonders of the world. Named after the saint of wisdom (Greek Orthodox), the archeological beauty was constructed in Constantinople (now Istanbul) in 537 as an Eastern Orthodox Cathedral, and served as such until 1453 and Mehmed II’s conquest of Constantinople, when the church was turned into a mosque. While the complicated structure had several structural issues after being built, it has sustained earthquakes and other vigor throughout the centuries, and today the main structure is practically the same composition as that originally built. Today Hagia Sophia is a museum, and open to visitors worldwide since the Turkish government had it secularized in 1934. Hagia Sophia is considered one of the greatest existing examples of Byzantine architecture.
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