Architecture is Prague's biggest draw card. Thanks to a stint in the 14th century as the de facto capital of what remained of the Holy Roman Empire and the good fortune of having mostly avoided destruction in countless wars over the centuries, Prague is a living laboratory of 1000 years of European architecture. Fans of Romanesque, Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque, neoclassical and art nouveau will all find plenty to gawk at. Gothic marvels such as the Charles Bridge and St Vitus Cathedral rival the best in Europe. More eclectic 20th-century styles like cubism, functionalism and even 'communism' are represented as well, creating an entrancing labyrinth of contrasting styles that complete a remarkably cohesive whole.