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12 Cities Of Europe Known For Their Spectacular Architecture

  

European architecture has been for years a symbol of human superiority. It is an example of how far and how well can a human mind build things. The thing about European architecture is that not only it gives a sense of pleasure to the eyes, and depict the historic stories of yesteryear, but the amount of effort put to make every piece beautiful is what makes it so marvellous. Here are the best cities in Europe where you can encounter beautiful architecture everywhere.

1. Florence

12 Cities Of Europe Known For Their Spectacular Architecture -1 Famous for: Cathedral of Santa Maria

Florence is the center of the most brilliant architecture in Italy. Most of the edifices are built in the beauty of renaissance architecture. However, the one that will take your breath away is the Cathedral of Santa Maria of flower which was built in 1296 by Fillipo Brunelleschi. The amazing fact about this cathedral not that has the largest cathedral dome in the world, or that it is visible from any city’s high point, but the fact that it is built without central support at the time when there were no engineering equipment. The archaeologists are still in question as to how such a huge structure was built brick by brick without any machines. The other buildings that you would find in Florence are Basilica of San Lorenzo, Palazzo Pitti, Palazzo Vecchio, Piazza della Republica.

2. Barcelona

12 Cities Of Europe Known For Their Spectacular Architecture -2 Famous for: Gaudi Architecture

Barcelona is famously known as the city of Gaudi. It is one of the most colorful and quirky cities in the world. Gaudi architecture is famous for blending nature in his work and there is always a meaning you can look for in the architectural pieces that you will look around. Parc Guell is a huge park build by Gaudi, Casa Mila is the funky famous house, Casa Battlo, Parc de Ciutadella and of course the Sagrada Familia, the gothic church which is in construction since 1892.

3. Paris

12 Cities Of Europe Known For Their Spectacular Architecture -3 Famous for: Eiffel Tower

Sure, Eiffel Tower is the highlight of the highlight and symbol of Paris. But certainly there is more to Paris than just the tower. Paris is known for its neoclassical architecture which makes every corner of the city very beautiful and photogenic. Arc de Triomphe is the famous gateway with the detailed inscriptions, other than that you can visit Sacre Coeur Basilica, La Grande Arche, Picasso Museum, The Abbey of Saint-Germain- Despres, Grand Palais. Paris also has a number of museums, Louvre being most famous and a must visit.

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4. Rome

12 Cities Of Europe Known For Their Spectacular Architecture -4 Famous for: Roman Architecture

Rome is the city where you get to see the most of Roman architecture, some intact and some in ruins. Regardless, everything is beautiful and historic from head to toe. Some of the most famous Roman buildings are Rome Colosseum, the old style amphitheatre and a huge significance of ancient Roman culture, St. Peter’s Basilica, The Pantheon, Roman Forum, Trevi Fountain, Piazza Navona among others are other edificies worth a watch.

5. Budapest

12 Cities Of Europe Known For Their Spectacular Architecture -5 Known for: Buda Castle

Budapest is the capital of Hungary, one of the most beautiful cities in Europe and among the inexpensive as well. Budapest is divided into two parts, Buda and Pest, by the river Danude. While on the one side Buda has all the stunning places and historic buildings such as Buda Castle, Hungarian Parliament, Fisherman’s Bastion, St. Stephen’s Basilica, Matthias Church, Danube Promenade. The Pest is the city culture with narrow streets and bars and thermal baths that gives you close culture experience.

6. Athens

12 Cities Of Europe Known For Their Spectacular Architecture -6 Famous for: Greek architecture

After the Romans, Greeks are the ones who have the ancient culture that is still prevalent in the cities of Europe. Athens is one of the safeguard of the old Greek culture. Even though, most of the architecture has been reduced to ruins, but it doesn’t make it any less beautiful only more. Some of the Greek sights that are worth a visit are Acropolis of Greece, Acropolis Museum, Temple of Olympian Zeus, Temple of Hephaestus.

7. Toledo

12 Cities Of Europe Known For Their Spectacular Architecture -7 Famous for: Ancient Spanish city

Toledo is one of the most popular cities in Europe which has a distinctive architecture. It is located close to the capital city of Spain, Madrid and has preserved 2000 years of history within its streets and places. It is an ancient city and most sites are listed under UNESCO world heritage sites. It is located above the hill of Castilla La Mancha which makes it look even prettier. Some of the famous sites in Toledo are Santa Iglesia Cathedral, Alcazar De Toledo, Monasterio De San Juan, Sinagoga De Santa Maria, El Greco Museum, Mosque of Cristo De La Luz.

8. Prague

12 Cities Of Europe Known For Their Spectacular Architecture -8 Famous for: Architecture of the different era

Built on the river with the architecture beautifying every corner of the city, Prague has amazing sceneries to offer. It has a mix of Renaissance, neoclassical, Baroque, Rococo style architecture which makes it vibrant and so picturesque. Some of the places to visit in Prague are Charles Bridge, Prague Castle, Vitus Cathedral, Old Town Square, Mala Strana. Don’t forget to enjoy the iconic sunset from the old bridges of Prague.

9. Vienna

12 Cities Of Europe Known For Their Spectacular Architecture -9 Famous for: Baroque, imperial and modern architecture

Vienna is the capital city of Austria located on the east of the Danube river. The city has a blend of Baroque, Imperial building and 20th century adorning the corners of the city. It’s building depict a Gothic style which makes the city looks distinctive. The Hofburg is the imperial building, the St. Cathedral is the 700 yr old Gothic architecture, Schönbrunn Palace and Gardens, the Summer Palace, Vienna city hall iconic winter castle, The Belvedere palace of baroque architecture, St. Peters Church are some of the historic palaces of the city.

10. Amsterdam

12 Cities Of Europe Known For Their Spectacular Architecture -10 Famous for: Artistic Heritage

Amsterdam has one the most vibrant and artistic architecture in Europe which highlights the 17th century golden age of the city. The narrow canals make the city’s architecture even more lively. The houses and shops are still built in the retro and antique architecture and Dutch have preserved it all well. The city also has the majestic buildings that have now been preserved as museums. Royal Palace Amsterdam, EYE Filmmuseum- the famous library of Amsterdam, Rijksmuseum- The Neoclassical masterpiece, Beurs van Berlage, the sober red bricked structure, Pathé Tuschinski is the iconic theatre are some of the buildings that you must see while you ride your bicyle.

11. Bordeaux

12 Cities Of Europe Known For Their Spectacular Architecture -11 Famous for: Gothic architecture

Bordeaux is the quaint and famous vacation spot in France. Situated along the Garonne river, the city is filled with historic 17th and 18th century architecture. The view of the city is oddly satisfying with the symmetrical structures all around. It has numerous palaces and city gardens. Cathédrale Saint-André is the 12th century church, declared as UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Grand Théâtre, Place de la Bourse, Basilique Saint-Seurin, Basilique Saint-Michel, Museum of Beaux-Arts, Esplanade des Quinconces, Tour Pey Berland are some of the famous buildings that showcase the architecture of the city.

12. Santorini

12 Cities Of Europe Known For Their Spectacular Architecture -12 Famous for: Ancient architecture villages

Santorini is one of the most romantic spots of Europe. The ancient city of Greece has the traditional Greek architecture that are scattered in small villages. The all white houses and lanes belong to the Cycladic architecture and it is majorly into three styles, the cave houses, farmer’s house or urban houses and the churches. Fira and Oia are two famous architectural villages with white washed houses, and Thira are some of the popular places to visit in Santorini

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