Top European cities for architecture

If you love art and design, architecture and interior design why not travel around Europe and discover some of the world’s most stunning architecture. From Gaudí’s wondrous masterpieces in Barcelona, to the romantic buildings of Venice and contemporary skyscrapers of London, you’ll be stuck for where to discover next.

Here are our top European cities for architecture:

  • Venice
  • London
  • Barcelona

Romantic Venice

Dating back thousands of years, many of the buildings in Venice portrays classic Gothic architecture.  Take a gondola around the canals to get up close to these architectural gems of course, including St Mark’s Basilica. Originating in 14th century Venice, the style has been influenced from Arabia, Africa and parts of mainland Italy. Quintessentially Italian, the city features dome lanterns and arches inspired by Cairo, mosaic, terracotta and intricate cornicing. Make sure to stop by the Ca’ D’Oro to admire the breath-taking façade and see the internal mosaic patterns of the Santa Maria della Salute church. Stop by the plaza cafes for pizza, fresh coffee or something more refreshing such as a spritzer while you take in the stunning beauty of the architecture.

Contemporary London

You only have to glance along the River Thames to see shimmering glass and shiny metal reaching up into the London sky. The mixture of modern and contemporary architecture of the financial districts such as Canary Wharf works in beautifully, complementing the surrounding Victorian architecture. Take part in a walking tour to learn more about the heritage and history behind London’s buildings. Many developers have been taking advantage of the prime housing stock, particularly in the commercial areas and collaborate with world renowned designers to create the right interior spaces and aesthetics. while in town its worthwhile visiting these developments and popular modern sites such as The Shard.

Beautiful Barcelona

The Catalan city of Barcelona is perhaps most iconic in the world, famed for its progressive architecture and inspiring designers. Renowned constructions such as the Sagrada Familia were designed by Antoni Gaudí, who also influenced many other gems around the city such as Park Güell and the façade of Casa Batlló. An architect well ahead of his time, his colourful and charming influences. As you wander around the sun kissed alleyways and avenues of Barcelona, there are many Gaudi influences. Colour is evident in his works with his choice of mosaic and patterns frequently used in both the exterior and interior of buildings. Whilst walking around with your camera and noting the delicate details on his buildings, book onto a Gaudi tour to learn more about this famous work and vision behind his building constructions.


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