The Country’s Masterpiece Gothic Confection For sheer size and shock value, few buildings surpass Milan’s Duomo. It is the world’s largest Gothic cathedral (the only
Fascinating Confluence of Three Cultures Because of its artistic riches, the city that so inspired El Greco makes for a rather frantic day trip from
One of Spain’s Most Extraordinary Buildings To finish or not to finish? The enormous Sagrada Familia remains the incomplete, roofless masterpiece of the eccentric genius
The Oldest Tourist Route in Europe Follow in the footsteps of El Cid, Louis VII of France, and St. Francis of Assisi along the 1,000-year-old
A Most Unusual Cathedral and a Shelter for Knights Begun in 1205, the walls of Leon’s Gothic cathedral were built more with glass than stone.
Two Thousand Years of European Art The 14th-century poet Petrarch thought Cologne’s twin-towered Dom one of the finest cathedrals in the world. Take a 509-step
From the Sacred to the Profane Sicily’s remarkable cultural diversity is the result of twenty-five centuries of tumultuous history, and no other city in Europe
Piety in Paradise St. Francis’s humanity, humility, and love for nature somehow survive the unashamed commercialization of this small pink-hued Umbrian hill town: The spirit
Wales’s Greatest Religious Monument People still flock here in the thousands the way they did in the Middle Ages when St. David’s Cathedral was one
The City’s Crowning Glory A must-visit on the cathedral city circuit, ancient York is surrounded by 3 miles of beautifully restored medieval walls built on
A Masterpiece of Medieval Technology The paintings of Turner and Constable long ago familiarized the world with Salisbury Cathedral and its remarkable 404-foot spire. The
A Standout in England’s Smallest City The cathedral town of Wells is a medieval gem. It reached its pinnacle of prestige in the late Middle
The Mother Church of the Anglican World The present Canterbury Cathedral, greatly rebuilt in 1174 after fires destroyed earlier structures, was once England’s—and northern Europe’s—most
A Medieval Wonder That Still Surprises Work first began on Winchester Cathedral in 1089 to create what would become the longest medieval cathedral in existence
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