Victoria Memorial, Buckingham Palace; London, England

Victoria Memorial, Buckingham Palace; London, England

Completed in 1924, the Victoria Memorial of Buckingham Palace was built in dedication to Queen Victoria following her death; London, England

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The Dome of Parliament; Budapest, Hungary

The Dome of Parliament; Budapest, Hungary

At 315ft tall, the beautiful Renaissance Revival architecture of the dome of the Hungarian Parliament Building (also known as the Parliament of Budapest) proudly stands over the Danube in Budapest; Budapest, Hungary

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Prague Castle by Night; Prague, Czech Republic

Prague Castle by Night; Prague, Czech Republic

The stunning gothic architecture of Prague Castle is illuminated by night, standing like a beacon over the city; Praha, Czech Republic

Dating back to the 9th century, the Prague Castle in Prague, Czech Republic is the largest ancient castle in the world, and attracts almost 2 million visitors each year. Extensively damaged by fire in 1541, the castle has undergone major renovation & rebuilding several times throughout its long history, as is reflected in the wide-range of architectural styles seen in the castle’s buildings, ranging from Gothic, to Mannerist, to Renaissance architecture.

 

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Contruction Patterns; Bryant’s Bottom, England

Contruction Patterns; Bryant's Bottom, England

Unique patterns line an English home that was constructed with both brick and stone; Bryant’s Bottom, England

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Calle Tenorio; Ronda, Andalucia, Spain

Calle Tenorio; Ronda, Andalucia, Spain

Beautiful cobblestone streets wind through the white and gold alleyways of Ronda in southern Spain; Ronda, Andalucia, Spain

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Across the Thames; Big Ben, Parliament, London

Across the Thames; Big Ben, Parliament, London

Restoration crews work one segment at a time on the Palace of Westminster, London, England, UK

The Palace of Westminster, or Houses of Parliament, is the meeting place of the House of Commons and the House of Lords on the shores of River Thames in the City of Westminster in central London, England. Originally built in 1016, it was destroyed in the fire of 1834, only to be rebuilt between 1840-1870. It’s often best recognized by Elizabeth Tower, the iconic clock tower more affectionately referred to as “Big Ben.” The origin of the Big Ben nickname is unknown, but most commonly believed to be after the man who oversaw the bell’s installation: Sir Benjamin Hall.

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Eiffel Tower Restaurant; Las Vegas, Nevada

Eiffel Tower Restaurant; Las Vegas, Nevada

The Paris Hotel in Las Vegas opened in September 1999, with fireworks being launched from the Eiffel Tower. The original plan for the tower called for a full-scale replica, but concerns of interference with flight paths of nearby McCarran Airport resulted in a reduction of the tower to a 1:2 scale. The construction of the Eiffel Tower was integrated into the hotel itself, with the back legs of the tower coming through the ceiling of the casino and onto the floor itself.

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