Cultural Keystones

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Incredible Architecture From Across the Globe

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Mar 12, 2013 —  Architectural works represent the complex character of a city and serve as lasting reminders of those who built them. Civilizations as old as ancient Egypt continue to uphold their impressive historical status precisely because of architectural feats, such as the impressive and mysterious Great Pyramid of Giza. While contemporary edifices don't necessarily embody the same structural enigmas, they do serve as cultural markers of society. Buildings are imbued with a city's character and are constructed to withstand the forces of time and gravity, making them tangible representations of an ever growing timeline of human history. Check out the photos below of the most iconic architecture - both new and old - representing the culture and people of the cities they occupy. 

 

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    Stroll alongside Frank Gehry's postmodern architectural icon, the Walt Disney Concert Hall, a seemingly nonsensical building whose interior is perfectly designed to amplify the acoustics of the Los Angeles Philharmonic.

    Photo taken by Get Paid to Partier Amanda Olivetti

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    Admire the rainbow of historic Victorian homes perched near Haight Street, a neighborhood that reflects the past and contemporary presence of the psychadelic 60s in San Francisco.

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    Visit one of the largest museums in the world, The Louvre, and admire the juxtaposition of classic French architecture with I.M. Pei's postmodern glass pyramids before exploring the museum's massive collection in Paris.

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    Stroll through winding avenues to discover Piazza Santa Croce, an enormous stone plaza adorned with beautiful frescoes and filled with incredible Renaissance Florentine architecture.

    Photo taken by Get Paid to Partier Alexandra Morris

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    Soak up the vibrant energy of the colorful architecture in Nice, the largest city on the French Riviera that offers something for every traveler.

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    Skyscrapers such as "The Gherkin" abound amid classic Baroque architecture in The City, the financial heart of London that maintains a fairly reserved nightlife scene.

    Photo taken by Get Paid to Partier Jennifer Viera

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    Check out classic European architecture in Leidseplein, a bustling neighborhood in Amsterdam that has a bursting nightlife scene until the early hours of the morning.

    Photo taken by Get Paid to Partier Leonie Woodfin

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    Admire the ingenious work of Antoni Gaudí along Passeig de Gràcia, a street overflowing with extravagant shops and haute couture in Barcelona.

    Photo taken by Get Paid to Partier Conor Broderick

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    Take in the best views of Chicago's incredible skyline from North Avenue Beach, a popular beach that attracts the masses during summer with nearly fifty volleyball courts, bike rentals, and a paved trail that lines the coast. 

    Photo taken by Get Paid to Partier Mike Krebs

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    March up the iconic Spanish Steps or merely pause to take in the views of the Piazza di Spagna, an upscale area filled with boutiques hosting Europe's top designers in Rome. 

    Photo taken by Get Paid to Partier Carolyn Husa

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    Marvel at the junction of new and old in Ibiza, an island predominantly known for its spectacular nightlife and glorious beaches.

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    Walk across the medieval Ponte Vecchio, a historic, architectural landmark in Florence known for still having fully functional shops along it.

    Photo taken by Get Paid to Partier Alexandra Morris

Stroll alongside Frank Gehry's postmodern architectural icon, the Walt Disney Concert Hall, a seemingly nonsensical building whose interior is perfectly designed to amplify the acoustics of the Los Angeles Philharmonic.

Photo taken by Get Paid to Partier Amanda Olivetti

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