They are the beating hearts of a city. A square patch of land around which civilizations have revolved for centuries, and tourism does now. Here is a list of ten squares which are breathtaking and a must visit.
Plaza Mayor Slamanca was built in the traditional Spanish baroque style and is a popular gathering area. It is lined by restaurants, ice cream parlours, tourist shops, jewelry stores and a pharmacy along its perimeter except in front of the city hall. It is considered the heart of Salamanca and is widely regarded as one of the most beautiful plazas in Spain. In 1988, UNESCO declared the old city of Salamanca a World Heritage Site.
town square is an open public space commonly found in the heart of a traditional town used for community gatherings. Most town squares are hardscapes suitable for open markets, music concerts, political rallies, and other events that require firm ground.
The Grand Place Square is the most important tourist destination and most memorable landmark in Brussels, and it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Every two years in August, an enormous "flower carpet" is set up in the Grand Place for a few days. A million colourful begonias are set up in patternsThe Grand Place was voted the most beautiful square in Europe in 2010
Red Square is a city square in Moscow, Russia. The square separates the Kremlin, the former royal citadel and currently the official residence of the President of Russia. Red Square remains, as it has been for centuries, the heart and soul of Russia. Few places in the world bear the weight of history to the extent that Moscow's central square does.
The striking square and its imposing colonnade lead to the greatest basilica of the Christian world:St Peter's Basilica (Basilica San Pietro).
It also represents the core of the Vatican City, the smallest state in the world.
The main square of the Old Town of Karakow, Lesser Poland, is the principal urban space located at the center of the city. It dates back to the 13th century, and is the largest medieval town square in Europe. The Project for Public Spaces (PPS) lists the square as the best public space in Europe due to its lively street life.
Trafalgar Square, at the heart of London, is one of the city’s most vibrant open spaces. Trafalgar Square is a landmark in central London enjoyed by Londoners and all visitors alike. It is a lively place often used for a wide range of activities including: special events and celebrations like the Royal Wedding, Olympics One Year to Go, St Patrick's Day and Chinese New Year; filming and photography; and rallies and demonstrations.
A magnificent example of Classical French architecture, built by Emmanuel Héré, it is surrounded by the wrought-iron worker Jean Lamour’s finely worked railings with gold highlights. The Square’s majestic fountains are by Barthélemy Guibal. Famous buildings surrounding the square include the City Hall, the Theatre-Opera House, the Fine Arts Museum.
Step into the Old Town Square in Prague and journey back in time, 600 or 700 years. As you stand in awe, the dramatic history of Prague permeates the air. To fully appreciate the beauty of the Old Town Square, sit back and soak up the atmosphere over a coffee or a cool beer at one of the pavement cafés lining the square. Or climb the Old Town Hall Tower for a stunning view over the square.
Iconified as "The Crossroads of the World", is the brightly illuminated hub of the Broadway Theater District, one of the world's busiest pedestrian intersections, and a major center of the world's entertainment industry. Times Square is the world's most visited tourist attraction, hosting over 39 million visitors annually.
Think of it as live-action channel-surfing: everywhere you look in the Djemaa el-Fna, Marrakesh’s main square and open-air theatre, you’ll discover drama already in progress. The hoopla and halqa (street theatre) has been non-stop here ever since this plaza was the site of public executions around AD 1050 – hence its name, which means ‘assembly of the dead’.
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