Each city has its square
Every city in the world has its architectural and social center in the square. You think that the squares, already since the Middle Ages, were gathering places, in which citizens are recognized. They had economic function because the squares where were located the public buildings, were the places where to do the market; they were the places of politics, “take the square” and consequently public buildings, meant to take power. In fact, even today, in the squares are erected monuments and cathedrals and are also home for markets and public shows. Today we wish to bring you to the discover 10 of the best spectacular squares in the world.
Red Square – Moscow
This square is located in the heart of Moscow (picture on top), and it is one of the main tourist attractions of the city. Surrounded by the St. Basil’s Cathedral, Lenin’s mausoleum and a side of red brick walls of the Kremlin, it is one of the most beautiful places in the world.
Plaza Mayor – Madrid
One of the main attractions of the Spanish capital, this monumental square has hosted bullfights, markets, concerts, football matches and performances, to demonstrate the versatility of this urban space. At the center of the square stands a statue of Philip III.
Piazza San Pietro – Rome
This square does not need any introduction, both in Italy and in the world. The Bernini’s colonnade embraces the square where stands the famous Egyptian obelisk. Every year thousands of pilgrims gather here to see the Pope and get in to the St. Peter’s Basilica.
Grand Place – Brussels
In this case, this square is famous not only for the wonderful architecture of the buildings that surround it, once headquarters of the city guilds, but also for the carpet of flowers that is prepared every two years which cover its surface almost entirely.
Zocalo – Mexico City
This square, one of the largest in the world, is located in the heart of Mexico City. It is surrounded by many historic buildings and at its center, stands a huge flag of Mexico, which is raised and lowered ceremoniously every day.
Piazza San Marco – Venice
Back to Italy, which in terms of historic squares is second to anyone, here are Piazza San Marco. Here the voice of the people is combined with the sounds of boats, creating an incredible atmosphere. Piazza San Marco is one of the lowest points of Venice and therefore during high water periods it happens that it could be covered by water.
Tiananmen Square – Beijing
This square is famous for the protest of 1989 and one of four marble lions still have the marks with a bullet hole in the chest. A record of this square is the size, making it the largest in the world.
Rynek Główny – Krakow
This square is a focal point of the city of Krakow, whose historic center is on the UNESCO list as a World Heritage Site. Moreover it is also the largest medieval square in Europe.
Times Square – New York
Years of films made in Hollywood, have made this famous square in New York a familiar place even for those who have never visited the United States. One of the most important events that are celebrated here, is the countdown to New Year.
Djemaa El-Fna – Marrakech
This square is one of the most important attractions in Morocco. A special feature is the change that undergoes between day and night. With sunlight, in fact, there are mainly snake charmers and performing monkeys, but during the night they are replaced by magicians and sellers of street food.