The world's most popular tourist attractions

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Rome’s Colosseum has been crowned the world’s most popular tourist attraction for the second consecutive year.

The list, determined by traveller booking data from TripAdvisor, found European attractions dominated travellers’ wish lists with seven destinations featuring in the top 10 most popular destinations.

The Colosseum won the top spot due to the popularity of its tours but was closely followed by the Louvre and the Vatican.

TripAdvisor spokeswoman Laurel Greatrix said the Statue of Liberty, the French Quarter in New Orleans and the Skydeck Chicago were the only non-European destinations to feature in the top 10.

“Iconic and historic sites from around the world will always be popular destinations for travellers, but they’re popular for a reason,” Ms Greatrix said.

“These are some of the most historic and memorable sites in the world.

“Whether it’s your first visit or your fiftieth, there are plenty of interesting ways to see these sites, like an underground tour of the Colosseum, a family treasure hunt at the Louvre or a prime view of the Pope’s weekly address.”

TripAdvisor’s most popular attractions in the world for 2019:

1. Colosseum

Rome, Italy

Built for more than 50,000 spectators, the gladiatorial arena is a must-see destination in Rome. Queues can be long, so book your tickets in advance and pack plenty of water if you’re visiting in the summer months.

2. Louvre Museum

Paris, France

Home to some of the world’s most significant artworks including Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa and Michelangelo’s Dying Slave, the Louvre is a must for any traveller. For families looking to keep their kids entertained, try booking a treasure hunt or a murder mystery tour.

3. The Vatican

Rome, Italy

The Vatican is widely regarded as one of the holiest places in the world. Regardless of your beliefs revel in the museum which chronicles the history and accomplishments of humankind. Travellers can also purchase tickets to be a part of the weekly Papal audience.

4. Statue of Liberty

New York, United States

A gift of friendship from France, the Statue of Liberty is now a symbol of freedom and democracy. Once a shiny copper colour, the statue has changed to green due to chemical reactions and air pollution. Travellers can visit the monument via boat.

5. Eiffel Tower

Paris, France

Experience the Eiffel Tower and enjoy the magic of the ‘City of Lights’ with a night tour that offers panoramic views of Paris twinkling at night. The romantic destination is a must for travellers of all ages. If you hope to climb the tower, bypass the long queues and book priority summit access passes.

6. Basilica of the Sagrada Familia

Barcelona, Spain

The Basilica of Sagrada Familia is a large, unfinished Roman Catholic church located in Barcelona. Designed by renowned architect Antoni Gaudi, the tourist attraction became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2010.

7. French Quarter

New Orleans, United States

Famous for its vibrant nightlife, colourful buildings and cast-iron balconies, the French Quarter is the historic heart of New Orleans. The city is also known for its jazz music and Cajun cuisine.

8. Anne Frank House

Amsterdam, Netherlands

The house where Anne Frank and her family hid from Nazi persecution during World War II has now become a biographical museum dedicated to the Jewish wartime diarist.

9. Skydeck Chicago

Chicago, United States

Experience the windy city like never before with uninterrupted views from clear observation boxes on the 103rd floor of the Willis Tower. The Skydeck also offers several interactive exhibits.

10. Piazza San Marco

Venice, Italy.

Often known in English as St Mark’s Square, the public square is where tourists can find St Mark’s Basilica, the Doge’s Palace and the world’s oldest café, Caffe Florian. Built on the lowest point in Venice in the ninth century, the Piazza is prone to flooding.

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