European cities are full of many architectural styles. Often these styles coexist side by side and, somehow, is the set of this mixture which makes each city is even more beautiful than it would be if we only had in mind its buildings separately. Government buildings, hundreds of years old, living with stylish modern museums and libraries, creating a harmonious contrast that just begs to be captured by your camera. From ancient castles of San Marino to the Lithuanian majestic cathedrals, buildings designed by famous European architects inspire you.
Scandinavia offers some excellent examples of contemporary architecture. Denmark’s capital, Copenhagen, is particularly known for its offering of contemporary art. Visit the impressive Royal Playhouse, built on the seafront of Langelinie. Sip a coffee or cocktail in the café while admiring the view of the sea; or enjoy a drama or comedy notch on one of its three theater spaces.
The Romanesque architecture Romanesque architecture abounds in churches and religious buildings and predominates in much of Europe. Note impressive examples of this style in cathedrals and monasteries of Spain and Central Europe, and also in the magnificent castles of France. Many offer guided tours that are as entertaining as educational. In Spain, walk the path of Santiago and find churches with little influx in smaller rural towns, or venture into one of the most famous Romanesque churches, such as the Galicia Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela.
Brussels, capital of Belgium, is also considered the capital of Art Nouveau or Jugendstil. The buildings are characterized by beautiful rounded corners and curved shapes. There are countless opportunities to see these structures Art Nouveau throughout Brussels. Walking tours are plentiful and you can also visit the museum dedicated to Victor Horta, one of the founders of this particular style.
Totalitarianism is a fascinating style of architecture and urban development is frequently found in the former communist countries of South Eastern Europe. Admire an important example of this style in the monumental Freedom Square in Bratislava, Slovakia. The cultural implications of totalitarianism are primarily political in nature, as the buildings were designed to be impressive and imposing and as a reminder of who was in charge. The growing number of architectural tours are more accessible by these famous structures, including serving inspirational design lovers worldwide.