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Europe contains some of the most impressive pieces of architecture in the world, and that is certainly the case when it comes to Spain tours. Whether you find yourself in Madrid, Barcelona or Seville, there are breathtaking buildings seemingly around every corner. Many of them were designed by famed architect Antoni Gaudi, who was the mind behind some of the most iconic buildings of the 19th and 20th centuries. Even if you're not an architecture buff, it would behoove you to check out some of Gaudi's best works to fully appreciate the important role he plays in modern Spanish culture.
Located in Barcelona, this building may not immediately catch your eye, but once you get closer and see its impressive facade, you'll see why it was deemed a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Specifically, the intricate stonework, combined with the fact that the facade is self-supporting, make this a truly impressive work of architecture. You should also make a point to explore the building's roof where you can get an up close look at some of Gaudi's most revered sculptures.
Also found in Barcelona, Palau Güell is a stunning mansion constructed for famed Spanish entrepreneur Eusebi Güell. Like many of Gaudi's works, not only is the exterior of the building impressive, but the features found inside are what really sets it apart from many of the other mansions in Europe. In this case, the ceilings and walls of the receiving room are exquisitely decorated, and because it was renovated in 2011, now is the perfect time to visit.
La Sagrada Família
Arguably Gaudi's most famous building, La Sagrada Família is an enormous church that is technically still not complete. Construction began in 1882 and experts estimate construction will not be fully complete until 2026. However, even though it's not finished, it is still a breathtaking piece of architecture and is one of the most recognizable buildings in Barcelona. The church's signature spire will certainly catch your eye, but don't stop paying attention once you step inside. The roof of the nave is a sight to behold and the immense organ - installed in 2010 - is impressive as well. By the time it's finished, the church will have 18 spires and stands as a crowning achievement in architecture, certainly worth a return visit.
Look down in wonder at Buckingham Palace, the Palace of Westminster and St Paul’s Cathedral from your glass-walled pod on the London Eye, then gaze out over the Louvre and the Champs-Elysees from the top of the Eiffel Tower.
The scent of rich pine forests lingers in the breeze as the 13th-century ruins of Turaida Castle are revealed before your eyes in the lush Gauja River valley in a medieval sanctuary untouched by the march of time.
The aroma of dark roasted Viennese coffee hangs thick in the air as you tread the cobblestone laneways and bask in the elegant architecture, atmospheric cafes and refined restaurants in one of the most beautiful cities in Eastern Europe.
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