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Most of the planet’s continents have a beautiful array of breath-taking architecture from throughout history, but Europe is surely home to some of the world’s most wonderful.
The foundation of all Western culture, Athens can consider itself the seminal city for all that has since followed in Europe, from philosophy and music to science and medicine. With so many well-preserved ancient structures, this venerated city is a culture-lover’s dream destination.
You’ll marvel at the beauty of the city’s ancient Acropolis, which to this day proudly counts the Parthenon and the Temple of Hephaestus as two of its most cherished edifices. Dedicated to two of Greek mythology’s famous Olympians, these stunning structures are a lifetime must-see.
For those of more thespian tastes, look no further than the awe-inspiring Theatre of Dionysus. Believed to be the world’s first ever theatre, this incredible structure hearkens back to the heady days of early Ancient Greek worship, where joyous citizens would perform, dance and sing praise to Dionysus, god of wine and festivity.
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Lesser known but no less beautiful is the enchanting walled city of Tallinn, situated on Estonia’s north coast. This charming hidden treasure is home to a number of gorgeous architectural works, including the stunning Kadriorg Foreign Art Museum, whose incredible pastel-washed exterior is straight out of Hansel & Gretel!
Venture further into the city centre and discover the 1,000-year-old Old Town. Here, you’ll find the impressive form of Tallinn Town Hall and the jaw-dropping Alexander Nevsky Cathedral. This incredible Russian Orthodox cathedral dates back to the 19th century and is comfortably one of the Northern Europe’s most beautiful religious structures – a must-see for all tourists visiting Estonia.
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Denmark’s storied past makes Copenhagen a rich patchwork of architectural achievement: the coastal capital boasts eye-catching works of artistry ranging from the 15th century up to the present day. Stroll down the delightfully colourful Nyhavn pier, replete with vivid 17th-century townhouses, before marvelling at the resplendent Rococo-style Amalienborg, home to the Danish royal family.
For fans of more modern styles, the city’s Tietgenkollegiet – a stylish student residence – acts as an energising injection of modernity in this majestic metropolis.
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