A Page from the Past: Europe’s Most Historic Hoods

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	Central London is full of historic statues that celebrate the United Kingdom's storied past.

Central London is full of historic statues that celebrate the United Kingdom's storied past. 

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Aug 21, 2013 —  Winston Churchill once said, “Study history, study history. In history lies all the secrets of statecraft.”

The legendary United Kingdom prime minister was right to note that the key to living in the present can be found in the past. Nowhere in the world better exemplifies this idea than Europe. Sometimes called the Old World, this continent is full of neighborhoods that wear their respective yesteryears like flattering wardrobes.

Central London is home to famed public space Trafalgar Square, where a number of impressive statues and sculptures celebrate notable bygone times. The area connects past and present at entertainment hubs like Piccadilly Circus and Leicester Square, where museums meet popular show venues, bars, and clubs.

Meanwhile in Venice, San Marco boasts an ancient, beautiful, and eponymous Basilica. The exquisite destination is perfect for an intimate moonlit stroll, nighttime photo, or a laid-back evening of people-watching – all of which aid tourists and locals in writing a page of their own history books.

Nearly every structure on Unter den Linden, the main boulevard in Berlin’s Mitte hood, had a front-row seat to the historic happenings of Germany’s past. Known for separating East and West Berlin during the Cold War, the area experienced a renaissance once the Wall came down and has been burgeoning with culture ever since.

Whether you’re still in school or not, it won’t hurt to study the following list of historic European neighborhoods. You might just learn a cool secret, or two. 

  • Mitte

    Berlin

    Mitte, Berlin.
  • Central London

    London

    Central London, London.
  • Nieuwe Zijds

    Amsterdam

    Nieuwe Zijds, Amsterdam.
  • Barri Gòtic

    Barcelona

    Barri Gòtic, Barcelona.
  • Bastille / Oberkampf - 11eme

    Paris

    Bastille / Oberkampf - 11eme, Paris.
  • San Marco

    Venice

    San Marco, Venice.
  • Santa Maria Novella

    Florence

    Santa Maria Novella, Florence.
  • La Latina / Lavapiés

    Madrid

    La Latina / Lavapiés, Madrid.
  • Monti

    Rome

    Monti, Rome.
  • Lehel

    Munich

    Lehel, Munich.
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