May 25, 2022

What Were the Top 20 Most Popular Search Queries on Europeana During 2013?

The Top 5 search terms are found below.

All 20 terms are found in this Europeana blog post.

There were over 2 million unique searches performed on in 2013.

1. Plastic Surgery
Who would have thought? Nose jobs in the 1930s! After we shared a few images from an extensive collection of photographs documenting plastic surgery from the Wellcome Library, you were eager to search for more.

2. Levski
Vasil Levski was a Bulgarian revolutionary and a national hero of Bulgaria. Dubbed the Apostle of Freedom, Levski ideologised and strategised a revolutionary movement to liberate Bulgaria from Ottoman rule. Either that or you were all searching for PFC Levski Sofia, one of Bulgaria’s biggest and most successful football teams.

3. Woodcuts
Woodcutting is a relief printing artistic technique in printmaking in which an image is carved into the surface of a block of wood, with the printing parts remaining level with the surface while the non-printing parts are removed, typically with gouges. You all loved them in 2013, therefore it’s a good job that we have over 5,000 examples in Europeana of some of the finest woodcuts.

4. Japan
Your curiosity and interest in Japan and Japanese culture was strong in 2013, many of you delved into over 30,000 historical items related to the Asian country.

5. Victor Hugo
Earlier this year we shared a snippet from Victor Hugo’s original hand-written manuscript of Les Misérables to celebrate the European release of the Hollywood adaptation. The image was taken from the French National Library’s collection. We published the manuscript on Facebook where it was re-shared by Victor Hugo himself (from the dead) to his 500,000 followers, who searched for more on Europeana.

Access the Complete Top 20 List (via the Europeana Blog)

About Gary Price

Gary Price ( is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.