Posted on Sep 21, 2012 | Comments 0
Art and architecture have long been reasons for travelers to visit various parts of the world. There are some splendid cities around the globe which feature some wonderful examples of both. These are seven of the best.
1. Amsterdam, Holland
There is some fantastic art to view in Amsterdam, from the traditional to the unusual. For example, you can visit the Florescent Art Museum, which is commonly referred to as Electric Ladyland. This site is filled with some unique psychedelic items and is dedicated to Jimi Hendrix. You can also see some of the classics by Van Gogh and Rembrandt. You’ll find an extensive collection letters, sketches, and paintings at the Van Gogh Museum.
2. Berlin, Germany
Berlin has become one of Europe’s biggest and most popular art venues over the last couple of decades. It features some impressive art galleries, architecture, and exhibits. Of course, not everything is new in Berlin. There are 17 state museums here which are divided into different areas. The museums house some of the best Greek Classical and Roman collections, paintings, and sculptures in the continent.
3. Vatican City
Gian Bernini constructed St. Peter’s Square back in the 17th century and it’s generally regarded as an architectural masterpiece. However, the churches and museums at the Vatican often overshadow it. The museums house a large variety of paintings, artifacts, and sculptures that the Roman Catholic Church has collected over the centuries. For example, you’ll see historical sites like the Sistine Chapel and its painted ceiling. There are many other delights here and it sits in the middle of Rome. The Roman architecture and museums are simply outstanding.
4. Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA
Santa Fe is an ideal site to visit if you’re into art and Native art. Every August the city hosts the Santa Fe Indian Market. This features the world’s biggest collection of Native art. There’s also an excellent art district located on Canyon Road. This area is home to over 100 art studios and galleries. You can visit the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum as well for some more fine art.
5. Florence, Italy
Florence is regarded as the cradle of the Renaissance. It’s filled with wonderful architecture and works of art. You’ll find some excellent monuments, religious buildings, and palaces. Basically, the entire city is one huge museum. One of the best locations is Galleria dell’ where you’ll find Michelangelo’s David. The Galleria degli Uffizi is also exceptional as it features works of artists including Botticelli, Giotto, Leonardo da Vinci, and Raphael.
6. Sydney, Australia
Sydney is well known for its amazing beaches, but it also offers a wonderful artistic experience. You’ll find numerous local galleries, some great architectures and the Sydney Sculpture Walk. This is where you can find contemporary and Australian artists. There’s a month-long art festival in the city each March where you’ll see plenty of art tours, performances, gallery openings, studios, and exhibits. Also in the suburb of Balmain, you’ll find musicians, filmmakers, and artists hanging out. Of course, one of the best examples of modern architecture is the magnificent Sydney Opera House.
7. Paris, France
No art-lover’s list would be complete without the city of Paris, France. This is where you’ll find some of the world’s most famous art museums such as the Louvre. This location houses about 380,000 works of art including the Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci. The building itself is a fine example of wonderful architecture. Visitors can also visit the Musee d’Orsay, Espace Dali, and the Musee d’Art Moderne.
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