There are so many famous squares in the world – almost every city has one and they are all worth a visit – but there are some that you should definitely visit at least once in your life and these 10 definitely make that list. From the famous Times Square in New York to the Grand Place in Belgium, I’ve collected the ten coolest squares in the world and present them to you here. Maybe you’ve already ticked off a few already :)
Grand Place, Brussels
If you’re in Brussels, you can’t avoid ending up at the Grand Place at some point. The square is in the heart of the city and has been a UNESCO Cultural Heritage site since 1998. The square never fails to impress with its beautifully ornately designed buildings, which are lit up at night time. As if that wasn’t enough to wow you, every two years in August there is a huge carpet of flowers to admire, filling up the whole square. You just have to have seen that!
If you’ve already been to Prague then you know how pretty the old town is, but the real highlight is the Old Town Square, where the world famous Tyn Cathedral is to be found. The best thing to do is to just sit in a café and watch the goings-on around you, but of course don’t forget to look up at the medieval astronomical Town Hall Clock – you can’t miss it as it’s always surrounded by hoards of tourists.
Many people associate the Piazza San Marco with just one thing – pigeons! If you don’t like the birds then you may have a little problem here because this famous square is teaming with them. But birds aside, there are some impressive buildings here, like the Markus Cathedral and the Doge’s Palace. If you’re in Venice then a little stop here definitely has to be on the agenda.
Red Square is one of the most impressive squares in the world, with the stunning Saint Basil’s Cathedral which is on the south side of the square. The cathedral and its colourful domes makes for one of the best photos opportunities in probably the whole of Moscow, attracting plenty of tourists every year. The old historic museum and the Kazan Cathedral are also worth a look.
Times Square in New York is one of the most famous squares in the world, attracting millions of visitors every year. It’s no wonder when its many, large LED advertisement boards and its video screens have such a mesmerising effect on you. There’s probably no other square as colourful and as alive as Times Square. The square is especially full in the evenings, with people everywhere… It can be a bit much, but that’s all part of the Times Square experience! It’s especially cool that the shops are open until 2am, so fans of late night shopping are in their element here!
Trafalgar Square in London is an absolute must-see, wowing mainly with its unique atmosphere. The central square is a beloved meeting place for locals and for pigeons. In the middle of the square stands Nelson’s Column, honouring the British hero Lord Nelson, who played a big roll in the Battle of Trafalgar. From here you also easily get to Covent Garden and trendy Soho, which is especially worth a visit in the evenings.
Plaza de Mayo is the heart of the Argentinian capital, Buenos Aires and offers a few interesting attractions. Next to the Buenos Aires Cathedral, you’ll also find the town hall, the Cabildo building and the national bank. Aside from this, the wonderful park surroundings are great for relaxing in, when you need to recharge your batteries.
Plaza de la Constitución or Zócalo in Mexico City is one of the biggest squares in the world. Historical buildings like the Cathedral of Mexico City and the Palacio Nacional surround the outside and in the middle of the square is a huge national flag, making a stark, colourful contrast to the grey paving slabs.
St Peter’s Square in Rome is probably just a name to most people, but this is actually where the famous St Peter’s Cathedral stands. Known for its massive size and the huge columns standing in the middle. From the dome at the top of St Peter’s Cathedral you have a perfect view of the square and take some great photos. It doesn’t matter if you’re religious or not, St Peter’s Square is definitely not one to be missed.
Last but not least we have the Tiananmen Square in Beijing, the biggest square in the whole world. There are many historical monuments here, which are very interesting, even if you’re not a fan of history. This square has a sad history behind its fame as it was the place of the 1989 Tiananmen Massacre, where a peoples revolution was violently stamped out. Despite its brutal history, this place makes for a very interesting visit.
So, have you already been to a few of these? Maybe now they’re on your bucket list, or maybe you know of other interesting squares which you think should make the list. Leave a comment and let me know, I’m interested to see!
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