Orkney Islands, Scotland
c. 3000-2500 BCE
Located on a scenic coast in the Orkney Islands, Scotland, Skara Brae is the best-preserved Neolithic village in northern Europe. Dating from around 3000 BCE (older than Stonehenge), the prehistoric homes even include original stone furniture.
One of the greatest achievements in the history of architecture, Chartres Cathedral (1140-1260) is almost perfectly preserved in its original medieval design, from innovative Gothic architecture to extensive portal sculptures and stained glass.
Nestled high in the hills of southwest France, the picturesque little village of Conques is home to a magnificent Romanesque abbey church.
Porticoes of Bologna
Designated a World Heritage Site in 2021, the beautiful porticoes of Bologna spread throughout the city and across the centuries.
Famed for both its architecture and sculpture, Amiens Cathedral is the largest cathedral in France and a World Heritage Site. With Chartres and Reims, it is one of the three great High Gothic French cathedrals built in the 13th century.
A World Heritage Site, Maulbronn Monastery (Kloster Maulbronn) is the best-preserved medieval monastery north of the Alps. Its architecture, mostly in the Transitional Gothic style, was highly influential in the area.
This magnificent ancient temple was built by Emperor Hadrian in 125 and converted into a church in 609. It is the oldest intact ancient building in Rome.
Moissac Abbey Cloister
Completed in 1100, the cloister of Moissac Abbey in southwest France is one of the finest galleries of Romanesque art in the world. It is the oldest and largest cloister with narrative capitals.
One of the most famous cathedrals in the world, this Early Gothic beauty is a must-see for its historical importance, fascinating sculpture, and medieval stained glass.
City Church (Stadtkirche Sankt Marien)
Martin Luther preached the Reformation, got married, and baptized his six children in this twin-towered Gothic church. Inside, Lucas Cranach's huge Reformation Altar includes images of Luther as well as Christ.
This gold-leaf-covered temple is one of the most beautiful sights in Kyoto, nestled in the woods and reflected in the waters of its garden pond.
Originally built by Emperor Constantine in 326, Trier Cathedral is the oldest church in Germany.