TripAdvisor names top 10 attractions in the world for 2019 with the Colosseum as number one – The Sun

THE most popular tourist attractions in the world have been revealed, with seven of the top ten found in Europe.

Rome, Paris and Venice all featured on the list, along with New York and Chicago.

TripAdvisor have revealed the popular landmarks by compiling booking data in 2019 to the attractions.

Sadly, the UK didn't feature on the list.

However, the Colosseum in Rome came in first place, followed by the Louvre in Paris and the Vatican Museums in Vatican City.

We've rounded up the top ten most popular attractions, and why you should add them to your bucket list.

1. Colosseum, Rome, Italy

The most popular tourist attraction in the world is the Colosseum in Rome, for the second time in a row.

One of the seven wonders of the world, the ancient amphitheatre was built in 80AD, and could hold 50,000 people.

Last year it welcomed over seven million visitors – which works out to a whopping 21,000 a day.

Tickets costs €12 (£10), or is free on the first Sunday of the month.

2. Louvre Museum, Paris, France

Beating the iconic Eiffel Tower to second place is the Louvre Museum in Paris.

It is the largest art museum in the world, having opened in 1793 and is now home to around 38,000 items.

Most people visit to see the Mona Lisa, as well as Venus de Milo – or to see the building in Beyonce's Apes**t music video after she shut down the entire museum.

Tickets costs €17 (£14), or is free on the first Saturday of the month.

3. Vatican Museums, Vatican City

Also in Italy, the Vatican Museums are some of the most popular landmarks.

Inside are religious artworks collected by popes throughout the centuries.

Most well-known is the Sistine Chapel, with the ceiling painted by Michelangelo.

Tickets costs €26 (£21).

4. Statue of Liberty, New York City, US

The Statue of Liberty is often on tourists' bucket lists when visiting New York city.

Gifted to the US by France in 1886, the statue represents the Roman liberty goddess Libertas, holding a torch and a tablet with the US Declaration of Independence date.

You can climb to the crown of the statue, but you have to buy tickets well in advance, with a limit on daily visitors – so many opt to see the statue by ferry to Staten Island instead.

Tickets to the grounds including the ferry cost $18.50 (£14) while tickets to the crown are $21.50 (£16).

5. Eiffel Tower, Paris, France

An iconic tourist attraction, the Eiffel Tower was in fifth place in popularity.

It was built in 1887 and named after Gustave Eiffel. Although Parisians originally hated the structure, it is now an iconic landmark in the city which was the tallest building in the world for 41 years (until the Chrysler Building in New York in 1930).

However, you could be breaking the law if you take pictures of the Eiffel Tower at night.

Tickets start from €10.20 (£8).

6. Sagrada Familia, Barcelona, Spain

La Sagrada Familia is the most famous work of Antoni Gaudi, despite it still being unfinished.

Construction started in 1882, before Gaudi's death in 1926.

Now a UNESCO world heritage site, you can visit the grounds and the towers with it expected to be finished by 2026 – 100 years since the architect died.

Tickets start from €17 (£14).

7. French Quarter, New Orleans, US

The French Quarter in New Orleans is the oldest in the city, and one of the most popular attractions in the world.

It is also known as Vieuz Carre, and has an open air French market, as well as the famous 2.5 acre Jackson Square and Bourbon Street, known for the neon signs and live jazz.

Many tourists visit between February and March for the New Orleans Mardi Gras festival.

Free to visit.

8. Anne Frank House, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Amsterdam's Anne Frank House is a popular attraction with tourists who are able to visit the attic which housed the Jewish diarist.

It first opened in 1960, and allows visitors to see the bookcase which hid the annex as well as objects, photographs, and Anne's original diary.

In 2016, Justin Bieber was slammed for claiming Anne would have been a fan of his while signing a tribute after visiting.

Tickets cost €10.50 (£8).

9. Skydeck Chicago – Willis Tower, Chicago, US

The Skydeck is located on the 103rd floor of the Willis Tower in Chicago, 1,353ft in the air.

Brave tourists can attempt The Ledge, a glass balcony than extends out of the building.

Earlier this year, a family were left terrified after the transparent floor cracked while they stepped on it, although a spokesperson said it was just the protective sheet and not the glass floor.

Tickets cost $25 (£18).

10. Piazza San Marco, Venice, Italy

The third popular landmark in Italy to make the list, Piazza San Marco in Venice is where tourists can find St Mark's Basilica, the Doge's Palace and the oldest cafe in the world, Caffe Florian.

It was built in the 9th century, but is the lowest point in Venice, which means it often floods.

It was closed last month after historic flooding left the city underwater.

Free to visit.

TripAdvisor also revealed the best attractions in every state in the US.

Earlier this year, London was best-rated destination according to the review website, with the royal wedding credited for attracting tourists.

However, some travellers are not as enamoured – here are some of the damning comments about the most famous tourist attractions in the world.

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