Love is said to be the most inspiring feeling. Throughout history, love has inspired poets, writers and singers and some love stories even triggered wars between countries. But there are several love stories that are truly extraordinary and that remain in our memory despite the passage of time. Here’s our list of 10 most beautiful love stories in history:

10 – Paris and Helen of Sparta

Paris and Helen

Paris and Helen / Jacques-Louis David [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

According to Greek mythology, the forbidden love between Paris and Helen caused the downfall of Troy. The legend says that Paris had to choose which one was the fairest, from 3 Greek goddesses: Athena, Hera and Aphrodite. He chose Aphrodite and, as a reward, she promised him the most beautiful woman in the world. This woman was Helen of Sparta, the wife of king Menelaus. As Paris and Helen elope together, the war between Sparta and troy begins. The story ends in a tragic way, with Paris dying in war and Helen returning to Sparta.