Tuesday, November 10, 2009

7 European Cities Built on 7 Hills

We all know that well-known cities like Washington or Rome are built on seven hills. There are all kinds of legends and stories related to their early settlements. But it seems that this geographic characteristic is pretty common in Europe, since there are many more cities covering seven hills. Here are some examples:

Bath, England

A royal landmark on England’s map, this little city stumbles by its immense historical and cultural potential. Having tens of museums and theaters, the city sights are now animated by 104 decorative pigs, the remains of a public art event, that celebrated the origins and the artists of the city, the so-called “King Bladud’s Pigs in Bath”.

Turku, Finland

On the southeast coast of Finland, one can find the city with the largest influence in the Finnish culture. Besides the arrays of art galleries and museums, you can find in Turku the biggest castle of Finland, a wonderful piece of Renaissance architecture, completed in 1570.

Bamberg, Germany

This wonderful Bavarian city is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage for its medieval appearance. The town has an impressive list of medieval monuments, of which we remind The Cathedral of the city (completed in 1237) and the Old Town Hall (built in 1386). Bamberg is also famous for its Rauchbier (smoked beer).

Seffield, England

The home of an amazing number of synth pop and other electronic artists, this modern English city has a rich night life. Also, you can find here the National Centre for Popular Music, a museum dedicated to popular music, along with a number of other “classic” museums.

Iasi, Romania

With the oldest Romanian university, this city is a cultural and educational symbol of the country. The city’s landscape is drawn by the towers of the 50 churches. A superb building dominates the city: The Palace of Culture, a neo-Gothic structure finished in 1925, having a total surface of 36,000 sq meters.

Pula, Croatia

The largest city of the Istria Peninsula, Pula is famous for its large ancient Roman buildings. A Roman amphitheater, that is being used even today, arena, temples, gates and theaters are the perfect places for thousands of tourists interested in seeing actual Roman buildings. Being a mixture between the Central and the Mediterranean Europe, this city is also a hot spot for the summer destinations, due to its wonderful beaches.

Plovdiv, Bulgaria

The second largest city in Bulgaria and one of the oldest in Europe, Plovdiv has a great influence over this country’s culture. With more than 200 archaeological sites, the city is like a heaven for all the history lovers. The Old Town, fully restored and covering three of the seven hills, is a wonderful piece of the Renaissance architectural style.

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