From the centuries-old churches to the towers and everything in between, European architecture never ceases to amaze and inspire me. Welcome to week 306 (12/15/2016) of Travel Photo Thursday. This week I am sharing with some of my favorite European architecture photos taken over the years. This week is one of the most stressful weeks of the semester for me, so when I need a break from grading, I get lost in my photo archives. I hope you enjoy gazing at these shots as much as I do.
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I climbed the tower in Prague’s Old Town at least five times during my visit to this architecturally rich city. My primary reason was to capture Church of our Lady Tyn. I could not get enough of the beautiful steeples, and this is my favorite photo of many. The framing and the cloud covered sky make this shot for me. The funny this is, I never actually went inside the church. Every time I went by it was closed. What a great reason to go back to Prague, eh?
Estates Theatre, Old Town Prague, has been operating without interruption since 1873. I was lucky enough to snag a ticket for the last Don Giovanni performance of the season. The inside is as beautiful as the outside and keeping my eyes focused on what was happening on the stage was not an easy task.
Barcelona’s Arc de Triomf is another piece of European architecture that is worthy of note. Built as the gateway to Barcelona’s 1888 Universal Exhibition, the arch deserves an up-close look. I love the intricate details, and can only imagine the work and craftsmanship involved.
I don’t think I’ve seen parliament buildings more beautiful than the Hungarian Parliament in Budapest. Daily tours are available but do check ahead. The day I went it was closed to the public due to a government function.
I was completely mesmerized by Toledo, Spain, and the town’s stunning historical buildings.
I’ve just scratched the surface here, but I have to get back to my marking. This time next week the semester will be history, and I will be enjoying my staycation in wintery Seoul. 🙂
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