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From awe-inspiring ancient achievements to modern-day masterpieces, Europe is home to some of the most celebrated architecture in the world. Reflecting the distinctive era and culture in which they were built, these marvels preserve an important part of history—and they await your discovery. Whether your favorite style is Gothic, Romanesque, Baroque or Neoclassical, here are seven must-see architectural treasures for you to explore on your European travels.

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La Sagrada Família

Admire the genius of Spanish architect Antoni Gaudí as you enter his Barcelona masterwork, La Sagrada Família, a soaring cathedral that blends elements of Art Nouveau, Catalan Modernism and Spanish Gothic design.

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Neuschwanstein Castle

Neuschwanstein Castle

Explore the opulent, Romanesque halls of fairytale Neuschwanstein, a 19th-century German castle commissioned by King Ludwig II of Bavaria and an inspiration for Walt Disney.

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The Leaning Tower of Pisa

The Leaning Tower of Pisa

Witness the architectural wonders of the Renaissance in Pisa's iconic Square of Miracles, which features the city’s famous Leaning Tower, along with its beautiful Cathedral, Baptistry and Camposanto.

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Palace of Versailles

Palace of Versailles

Stroll the sprawling grounds of the Château de Versailles, an extraordinary example of French Baroque architecture that was once the home of French kings—including Louis XIV, the “Sun King.”

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Canterbury Cathedral

Canterbury Cathedral

Journey to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Canterbury, a medieval city made famous by Geoffrey Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales, and marvel at its glorious Cathedral, designed in the Romanesque and English Gothic styles.

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Schönbrunn Palace

Schönbrunn Palace

Tour the imperial apartments, grandly furnished rooms and formal gardens of Schönbrunn Palace, the Baroque and Neoclassical Viennese home of the Hapsburg Dynasty that was built to rival the Château de Versailles.

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Jerónimos Monastery

Jerónimos Monastery

Discover the impressive Jerónimos Monastery, an important landmark from the Portuguese Renaissance and one of the most prominent examples of Lisbon’s richly ornate Manueline architectural style.

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Paris

Paris

Paris is the capital and largest city in France, situated on the river Seine in northern France, at the heart of the Île-de-France region. The city of Paris, within its administrative limits largely unchanged since 1860, has an estimated population of 2,193,031, but the Paris metropolitan area has a population of 11,836,970, and is one of the most populated metropolitan areas in Europe. In 2009 and 2010, the city has been ranked among the three most important and influential cities in the world, among the first three "European cities of the future" according to a research published by Financial Times and among the top ten cities in the world in which to live according to the British review Monocle.  The city is the home of the most visited art museum in the world; ''the Louvre'' as well as the ''Musée d'Orsay'' noted for its collection of French Impressionist art, and the ''Musée National d'Art Moderne'' a museum of modern and contemporary art. The notable architectural landmarks of Paris include Notre Dame Cathedral (12th century); the Sainte-Chapelle (13th century); the Eiffel Tower (1889); and the Basilica of Sacré-Cœur on Montmartre (1914). In 2014 Paris received 22.4 million visitors, making it one of the world's top tourist destinations. It is also known for its fashion, particularly the twice-yearly Paris Fashion Week, and for its haute cuisine, and three-star restaurants. Most of France's major universities and grandes écoles are located in Paris, as are France's major newspapers, including Le Monde, Le Figaro, and Libération.

London

London

Westminster is an area of central London within the City of Westminster on the north bank of the River Thames. Westminster's concentration of visitor attractions and historic landmarks, one of the highest in London, includes the Palace of Westminster, Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey and Westminster Cathedral. Westminster is a city in its own right, the twin to the ancient City of London further east and historically they jointly formed the focus of what is today regarded as London. The Palace of Westminster came to be the principal royal residence after the Norman Conquest of England in 1066, and later housed the developing Parliament and law courts of England

Pisa

Pisa

Pisa is a city in central Italy's Tuscany region best known for its iconic Leaning Tower (the bell tower of the city's cathedral). Although Pisa is known worldwide for its leaning tower, the city contains more than 20 other historic churches, several medieval palaces and various bridges across the River Arno. Much of the city's architecture was financed from its history as one of the Italian maritime republics. The city is also home of the University of Pisa, which has a history going back to the 12th century and also has the mythic Napoleonic Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa and Sant'Anna School of Advanced Studies as the best sanctioned Superior Graduate Schools in Italy.

Frankfurt am Main

Frankfurt am Main

Wiener

Wiener

Lisbon

Lisbon

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