European Vacations to Pious Rome
Your European vacations will not only be enjoyable but meaningful as well if you spend some time in Rome and see its beautiful churches. Visit the five patriarchal basilicas in the city, each one ceremonially assigned to one of the patriarchs. San Giovanni in Laterano, for St. John Lateran, the Pope, is the popes first church. Designed in Baroque style, it is the cathedral of Rome. Exquisite 5th century biblical mosaics, marble floors, spectacular ceilings and a bell tower are things you will see when you visit the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore, for St. Mary Major, the Patriarch of Antioch. San Pietro in Vaticano, for St. Peter’s Basilica, the Patriarch of Constantinople, is in the Vatican City. The church of the current pope, it is one of the largest and probably the most important Catholic church in the world. The vast interior features a lot of bronze, marble and gold paintings, including Michelangelo’s Pieta. Rome’s second largest church is where the Apostle Paul is said to be buried — San Paolo fuori le Mura, appointed to St. Paul Outside the Walls, the Patriarch of Alexandria.
Cultural European Vacations to Vienna
Vienna is an art and culture hub of Europe — the perfect city to make your European vacations more memorable and fulfilling. A dazzling display of beauty at night, the Wiener Staatsoper is Vienna’s State Opera where theater aficionados can catch 50 to 60 world-class performances every year. Take a peek at the imperial jewels of the Habsburgs royal family exhibited at the Hofburg Museum. The Sisi Museum is devoted to the Empress Elisabeth Amalie Eugenie of Austria, and allows guests to view the imperial apartments. Canvas pieces from the old masters as well as ancient and classical artifacts can be viewed by the public at the Kunsthistorisches Museum and Naturhistorisches Museum. These museums are not even part of Viennas museum quarter, formerly the imperial stalls which were converted to a museum complex in the 1990s. The complex houses, among others, the Leopold Museum, home to one of the largest collections of modern Austrian art and featuring artists such as Gustav Klimt and Egon Schiele.
Discover the Hidden Gems of London on European Vacations
London is a great city to visit on your European vacations. Hear mass at the St. Pauls Cathedral, an iconic London landmark that was designed by Sir Christopher Wren and completed in 1708. Beautiful mosaics on the walls never fail to enthrall guests. Head to London’s financial district where you can see the Lord Mayor’s residence at the Mansion House and the Bank of England. No visit to the British capital is complete without seeing the Tower of London. An old medieval fortress, it is nearly 1,000 years old and has also been used as a royal palace, a mint, a prison and a zoo. Marvel at the Crown Jewels — Her Majesty’s most important pieces include the Kohi-i-Noor and the Cullinan diamonds. You can take the Thames river cruise for a really enjoyable afternoon seeing an array of attractions from the water. Once you get off, stroll along the banks of the river, you cant miss the chance to ride the London Eye, one of the worlds largest Ferris wheels at a height of 135 meters.
Learn About Historic Moscow on European Vacations
European vacations are made memorable with visits to the historic city of Moscow. The Moscow Kremlin has witnessed many significant events in history, and is now one of the worlds largest museums. Its chambers and cathedrals display a wide array of state regalia from old Russia, valuable iconic pieces, and treasures accrued by Russian czars. Famous architect Pietro Antonio Solari built the Spasskaya Tower in 1491. Located at the main gate of the complex, the Spasskaya is one of the most beautiful towers in the Kremlin. Another must-see is the Emperor Cannon at the Ivanovskaya Square of the Cathedral of Twelve Apostles. Created by Andrey Shchokhov in 1586, the cannon is the world’s oldest and biggest with dimensions of 5 meters and 34 centimeters, a barrel measuring 120 centimeters in diameter, and an 890-millimeter caliber. Placed in Moscow’s Gun Court, it was used during the reign of Fyodor, the son of Ivan the Terrible. A visit to Red Square should complete your Moscow journey.