The architecture in Western Europe spans the centuries and is as diverse as the continent itself.

Cathédrale Notre Dame de Paris Paris' gargoyled cathedral is a Gothic wonder.

Meteora Late 14th-century monasteries perch dramatically atop enormous rocky pinnacles in Meteora, Greece.

La Sagrada Família Gaudí’s singular work in progress, Barcelona’s cathedral boggles the mind.

Pantheon Commissioned during Augustus' reign, the portico of Rome's Pantheon is graced by Corinthian columns.

Grand Place Brussels' showpiece central square is ringed by gilded guild houses.

Overblaak Development This late 20th-century Rotterdam complex incorporates a 'forest' of 45-degree-tilted cube-shaped apartments.

Shard London's dramatic splinter-like building is a contemporary icon.