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Archictecture: Most Beautiful Cathedrals & Churches/Europe

Vote for your favorite cathedrals, churches, basilicas, temples, mosques, monasteries, abbeys, and other religious edifices in Europe.  Based on largely external architecture, but if you want, consider interior design/art as well! (EDIT: It seems to be difficult to just a building only on the exterior if part of the beauty is the setting or its actually the interior that is stunning. So vote for your favorites based on whatever you like about them.)   This list is far from complete. Please add your favorites. Also, please notify if any of the Ranker-given photos are incorrect!


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  • Paris, France

    Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus of Paris or, more commonly, Basilica of the Sacré Cœur or Sacré Cœur.

    Style: Romano-Byzantine

    Made of Travertine limestone

    Built: 1874-1914

     
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  • Photo: flickr / CC0

    Florence, Italy

    Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore

    Style:  Gothic-Renaissance

    Begun: 1296

    Completed: 1436
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  • Photo: Wikimedia Commons / CC-BY

    Reims, Cathedral

    Notre-Dame de Reims

    Style: French Gothic

    Groundbreaking: 1211

    Completed: 1275
     
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  • Photo: Eustaquio Santimano / Flickr

    Venice, Italy 

    Patriarchal Cathedral Basilica of Saint Mark 

    Styles: Mostly Byzantine and Gothic Architecture 

    Present building mostly constructed from 1078 to 1093. 

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