Stunning buildings around Europe, Explore Glasgow’s Celebrated Architecture

Stunning buildings around Europe

14 October 2019

Architecture is an art. Many people are focused on what a building contains, but we often forget that the packaging can sometimes be just as or even more beautiful than what is inside. Europe is home for many such structures, and thanks to impressive conservation, we have access to old and stunning buildings that manage to put you in a state of awe. Below, you will find just a few of them that we recommend you take a look at as soon as you have the chance.

The Clyde Auditorium, Glasgow

SECC Glasgow Arena: Clyde Auditorium
The Armadillo photo © Steven Powell

Also known as ‘The Armadillo,’ the Clyde Auditorium reminds us of the Opera House in Sydney. However, they are very different. The building is an imposing structure where you can enjoy concerts with flawless acoustics. If you are interested in the building alone, we recommend that you go and see it at night. Not that it is not beautiful during the day, but the perfect illumination system makes it even more stunning during the dark.

The Alhambra, Spain

The Alhambra is on many people’s bucket lists. It has been declared a World Heritage Site, and for a good reason. The building is just as imposing as it is beautiful. The colorful mosaics and the large rooms make it one of the most precious pieces of architecture in the entire world. Plus, think about all the kings and queens that called the Alhambra their home. One of them is Catherine of Aragon, Henry VIII’s first wife. The place is filled with history, and taking a tour is an unforgettable experience.

The Glyptotek, Denmark

The Glyptotek is now a museum containing items from Carl Jacobsen’s personal collection. It is mostly statues, but the building itself is mesmerizing. Not only that it stands tall in the center of Copenhagen, but its interior is absolutely unbelievable. Once you pass the entrance door, you get into an inside garden that has trees as high as the building itself. The square includes other plants, statues, and even a few benches to sit on and admire the magnificent architecture that surrounds you. Or perhaps you want to enjoy a good book in the middle of other pieces of art.

Miramare Castle, Italy

On the coast near Trieste, you will find the Miramare Castle. The place looks like it was taken out of a fairytale. Its name roughly translates to ‘look at the sea’ because the building is located right on the sea. It is indeed a magical place that you will absolutely love.

The Catherine Palace, Russia

Just a bit south of St. Petersburg, you will find one of the most beautiful castles ever built. The Catherine Palace was the summer house for the Russian Tsars. Now, you should keep in mind that Russian Tsars were very wealthy people, and that wealth is found in the architecture of their homes as well. This particular palace is gorgeous. Not only the inside but the outside as well. You are welcomed by an explosion of vivid colors and details that few places in the world have. You should definitely pay it a visit when you have the chance.

So, there is you have it. Five of the most beautiful architectural wonders you should put on your bucket list. Keep in mind that they are all over Europe. That means you may need a visa to visit some of them. But that should not stand in the way of your enthusiasm. The building mentioned above are truly wonderful, and they will remain in your memory forever.

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