Are you a culture vulture? Do you like to spend time as a tourist exploring historical places, discovering new cultures and tasting the traditional food?
This Eurographic compares five of the most important cultural cities in Europe: Amsterdam (The Netherlands), Barcelona (Spain), Berlin (Germany), London (UK), Paris (France) and Rome (Italy).
Even if London is the biggest city of all those mentioned above, Paris has the biggest number of visitors of all.
When were they founded? Which is the oldest surviving structure?
Amsterdam - 1275 AD, Oude Kerk (1213 AD)
Barcelona - 27 BC, The Ancient Synagogue (4th Century BC)
Berlin - 1237 AD, St. Nikolai-Kirche (1230 AD)
London - 43 AD, The Tower of London (1078 AD)
Paris - 250 BC, House of Nicholas Flamel (1407 AD)
Rome - 753 BC, Pantheon (125 AD)
The Artistic Appeal that can be found in every cultural city is described by the famous works as art such as: Night Watch painted by Rembrandt van Rijn, 10 buildings designed by Antonio Gaudi, the Berlin wall, Sunflowers by Vincent Van Gogh, Mona Lisa and the Sistine Chapel. London has 240 museums, while Amsterdam has only 51. Also, the Artful of Architecture is described by the most important buildings in every city: The Royal Palace of Amsterdam, Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, Fernsehturm TV Tower in Berlin, The Shard in London, Notre Dame in Paris and St. Peter's Basilica in Rome.
The most important museums in every cultural city:
Amsterdam: Grandrijks Museum
Barcelona: Museu Picasso
Berlin: Charlie Museum
London: The British Museum
Paris: The Louvre
Rome: Colosseum Museum
We know that a man describes a city, so there are a lot of Famous Natives born in those cities like: Gerard Adriaan Heineken, Vincent Van Gogh and Ann Frank in Amsterdam, Antonio Gaudi and Salvador Dali in Barcelona, The Brothers Grimm and Marlene Dietrich in Berlin, Charlie Chaplin and Alfred Hitchcock in London, Voltaire, Claude Monet in Paris and Julius Caesar, Michelangelo and Sofia Loren in Rome.
Some of those cities were already capitals of culture: Amsterdam in 1987, Berlin in 1988 and Paris in 1989.
"A city is not chosen as a European Capital of Culture solely for what it is, but mainly for what it plans to do for a year that has to be exceptional."
The cities designated European Capitals of Culture are vibrant demonstrations of the richness and diversity of European Cultures.