From Stonehenge to the Parthenon: The Landmarks of Europe Quiz

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What famous European landmark is located near Amesbury, England?

The famous prehistoric site is in Wiltshire County.

The Vatican is technically a …

It's an absolute monarchy governed as a city-state.

What famous church is located in Vatican City?

Catholic doctrine says that St. Peter's tomb is under the church.

The builder of the Eiffel Tower was …

This is kind of a gimme, but the famous architect and engineer Eiffel built the tower.

When was the Eiffel Tower built?

The tower was built for the 1889 World's Fair.

The Alhambra is a palace and fortress in Spain that was built during whose rule of Spain?

The magnificent buildings were constructed when Spain was under the Nasrid Muslim dynastic rule.

Who used the palaces as a royal court?

The Catholic royals Ferdinand and Isabella made it their home.

The acropolis in Athens is …

The Greek acropolis includes the Parthenon and Temple of Athena Nike, among other ancient ruins.

Much of the Parthenon's art is now where?

The Greek government would very much like the statues back from the British Museum.

The Parthenon was originally a temple to …

The temple was for Athena, the patron of the city.

The Walls of Dubrovnik are in what European nation?

The walls enclose the old city in Croatia.

When were the walls first constructed?

While they've been bolstered and refined, the original walls were in place by the 8th century.

Krakow is home to a beautiful main square. When was it first built?

It's a uniquely medieval square built in the 13th century with many interesting buildings lining it.

While we probably all know it as Big Ben, what is the official name of London's imposing clock tower?

In Queen Elizabeth's diamond jubilee year, the clock tower was renamed "Elizabeth Tower."

Why did it get the nickname Big Ben?

It might be for a popular boxer or the guy who oversaw the bell in the clock, but ultimately no one is sure.

The Basilica Cistern in Istanbul held what?

The cistern, which held some of the city's water, is now a beautifully restored tourist attraction.

Speaking of underground wonders, what does Paris' catacombs house?

That's right, the bones of 6-7 million Paris residents lie in the cool damp of the catacombs.

What royal family occupied Schonbrunn Palace for nearly 350 years?

From Maximilian II to Franz Joseph, the Habsburg family was lucky enough to call Schonbrunn home.

What country is Schonbrunn Palace in?

Austria was the seat of the Habsburg dynasty.

The city of Amsterdam began building its famous canals when?

The city began building them in the 17th century. The canals ring the city and are seriously picturesque.

What Hans Christian Andersen character has a statue in Copenhagen, Denmark?

The unimposing statue of the Little Mermaid is a big tourist draw.

Iceland's Blue Lagoon is actually what?

Iceland boasts many thermal pools, but the Blue Lagoon is one of its most famous sites.

The Colosseum in Rome is …

The Colosseum still holds the Guinness World Record for largest amphitheater ever built.

What is the Colosseum's capacity?

It holds 87,000 people. That's a lot of spectators watching bloody carnage.

Neuschwanstein Castle in Germany is famous for what?

Let's be clear it was the inspiration for the Disney version, not Charles Perrault's (so far as we know).

The Charles Bridge in Prague is famously crowded, but don't expect to get across by ...

The bridge is strictly pedestrian.

What lines the Charles Bridge?

Thirty statues of religious figures stand watch over the bridge.

What is the name of the splendid church built to honor Czar Alexander II?

The Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood marks the spot where the czar was fatally wounded.

What denomination was the original Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood?

The St. Petersburg, Russia, church is no longer used for worship.

What is the most visited European city, in terms of international tourists?

London takes the top spot in 2016 for the most international tourism arrivals.

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About This Quiz

Let's take a little holiday in and around the continent, shall we? From stuffed museums to creepy mausoleums and castles to citadels, we'll test your knowledge of some of the biggest and most interesting landmarks in Europe.

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