Architecture: our top 6 most beautiful European destinations Edit the elements of the group

Spain, Italy, Germany, France…

Spain – Granada – The Alhambra, a major monument of Islamic architecture

Discover Andalusia, in the south of Spain. A must-see in Granada is a visit to the Alhambra, a palace that has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1984. This medieval fortress, whose construction dates back to the Moorish occupation of the region, is composed of four parts: Alcazaba, the Nasrid palaces, the Generalife and its gardens, and the palace of Charles V.

Italy – Florence, birthplace of the Renaissance

It was during the period of the Renaissance that monumental works of architecture began to appear in Florence, still providing its charm in the city. This is all due particularly to the Medici family who reigned supreme throughout this period. The capital of Tuscany is also very rich culturally since it has more than 20% of the works of Italian artistic heritage. 

France – Le Havre celebrates 500 years

Heavily bombed during the Second World War, this Norman town was rebuilt according to the plans of Auguste Perret. This ensemble is one of the most coherent works of modern architecture of the mid-twentieth century. It includes buildings of all types: housing, civil, commercial, administrative and religious buildings. 

To celebrate its 500 years, the city is organising many festivities to its locals and visitors. 

The Volcano. Architect: Oscar Niemeyer 

England – London, architectural diversity

Victim of the Great Fire in 1666, London had only a few buildings built before that date. Over the years, different styles and influences have blended and accumulated. Although the majority of buildings date from the Edwardian or Victorian era, the capital of the United Kingdom has many modern buildings, such as the famous Gherkin in the business district of the City. 

The 30 St Mary Ax, also called Gherkin (cucumber in English) or Swiss Re Building. Architect: Forster + Partners

Norway – Oslo – capital of contemporary architecture

Norway is often associated with its nature (mountains, forests, fjords) as well as its wooden churches typical of medieval times. However, Oslo is currently experiencing an architectural revolution. It is the fastest growing capital in Europe and this growth is being translated into its construction. In recent years, it has been equipped with modern buildings, designed by internationally renowned architects.

LThe Oslo Opera. Architect: Snøhetta 

Germany – Dessau – witness of the Bauhaus movement

The Bauhaus is an artistic and architectural movement born between the two World Wars. It is synonymous with a real artistic revolution without which the architecture of the 20th centurywould not have had the same appearance. Indeed, the Bauhaus style is characterised by straight lines and angles, glass facades, no ornamentation – which was very daring and innovative at the time. There are buildings of this style mainly in Germany where the movement was born, but also in Tel Aviv where students have expanded their teaching.
Bauhaus Building in Dessau. Architect: Walter Gropius