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    Slovakia: Tatra Mountains. Go Now!

    The Tatra Mountains (pictured) form the backdrop of this rural country, whose culture is rooted in this beautiful landscape. Go Now!

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    Bulgaria: An old Turkish bridge. Go Now!

    The isolated mountains of Bulgaria hide cultural gems around every corner, including this old Turkish bridge in the Rhodopi Mountains. Explore Bulgaria!

  • Italy!

    Italy: Rome' historic buildings. Go Now!

    Crumbling buildings in Rome (pictured) only add to the atmosphere in a country where old is redefined and western civilization begins. Explore Italy!

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    Portugal: Palace of Pena. Go Now!

    Although next to the seas and made famous by trade, Portugal boasts dynamic landscapes and architecture, including the Palace of Pena (pictured) near the town of Sintra. Go to Portugal!

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    Denmark: Landscape. Go Now!

    From cities like Copenhagen to islands, beaches, and vast fields (pictured), Denmark offers incredible history, architecture, scenery, and more. Begin Your Journey!

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Architecture of Sweden

Swedish Architecture - Visby

Like most of the Nordic countries, Sweden's most traditional architectural buildings are constructed of wood, so few historic buildings continue to stand today. Of these, the stave church in Hedared (about 1500) is the only remaining church in this style still standing in Sweden. This, along with past stave churches are supported by masts and have steep sloping roofs to prevent snow build-up.

Swedish Architecture - Stockholm City Hall
Stockholm City Hall

In addition to these early wooden churches, there are a few stone structures remaining. The town of Visby (on Gotland Island) was a Hanseatic League city, which maintains its Medieval style to this day, primarily all of which was influenced by, or entirely in, the German style at the time. Plus, Uppsala Cathedral (1200-1400s) is one of the few early churches that is still standing today and was built in the Gothic style (and re-structured in neo-Gothic in the 1800s). For some insight on a traditional village during this time, the village of Gammelstad, near Lulea is the best preserved church village, which consists of wooden houses and a small stone church.

Swedish Architecture - Stockholm

In the 1500s to the 1700s Renaissance and Baroque tried to make headway in Sweden, but with little success. The city of Karlskrona is primarily in the Baroque style, while Drottningholm Palace (late 1500s) has aspects of both styles and is located in a suburb of Stockholm. In the late 1700s the neo-Classical style arrived, but again will little fanfare.

In the late 1800s until the present day, Stockholm truly built up, first in the Art Nouveau style, then with various other modern designs. Stockholm's city Hall (1911-1923) is a reflection on both Art Nouveau as well as neo-Renaissance, while the Public Library (1924-1928) has aspects of Art Nouveau, but also touches on neo-Classical. Since this time, Stockholm has truly developed into a modern city as the city has no shortage of modern constructions.

This page was last updated: May, 2014