European architecture: more for the To See list

Luke Shepard spent three months going through 36 cities in 21 countries with the intent of “capturing some of the greatest European structures in a new and unique way.” He definitely succeeded with this beautiful video, assembled from thousands of his photographs.

The “I’ve been there!” moments are fun, but obviously my wife and I have a ways to go. There is much left to see. (The Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia, wow!) It’s interesting to note how many of these buildings are opera houses, theaters or museums, which seem to have replaced churches and cathedrals as the modern stages of choice for architects and governments wishing to make a statement. And in a completely unrelated note, I loved seeing Big Ben’s clock hands whirl as the camera circled around the Palace of Westminster.

If you don’t recognize all of the buildings, there’s a list here. And do watch in HD, full screen.


About Fletcher DeLancey

Socialist heathen and Mac-using author of the Chronicles of Alsea, who enjoys pondering science, politics, well-honed satire (though sarcastic humor can work, too) and all things geeky.
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3 Responses to European architecture: more for the To See list

  1. Lisa Shaw says:

    Some of us who have never been there want Europe forever and always to be old. But the present and the future are there just as much as the past.

  2. Linda Briganti says:

    What a treat. Loved seeing Calatrava’s work. In the U.S. I highly recommend the Milwaukee Museum of Art and there is also a bridge in Red Bluff, Calif. Wouldn’t we all like three months and the funds to see these in context!

    • oregon expat says:

      Not recognizing the name Calatrava, I looked him up and hey! He also designed the Oriente train station in Lisboa! Very cool. It is indeed a gorgeous train station — from the outside. Inside, alas, it’s pretty utilitarian, except for the train platform, which is right underneath that glorious roof.

      Thanks for nudging me toward learning something new today. 🙂

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