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Old 10-27-2011, 08:51 PM
 
Location: Leeds, UK
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No it does not, and your comment about Amsterdam perfectly illustrates my point ("The Netherlands isn't anything special because Amsterdam...").
Yes, it does. The Netherlands is just too small to compete with the UK, in architecture. I can't really think of anything special about The Netherlands in terms of architecture, Amsterdam is boring, Rotterdam is a bit rubbish.. other then windmills, what do you have to brag about?
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Old 10-27-2011, 09:00 PM
 
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Amsterdam is nice. But compared to London, it is small and not that impressive.
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Old 10-27-2011, 10:29 PM
 
Location: Leeds, UK
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I'm not meaning to sound rude.. The Netherlands is nice, and Amsterdam is pretty.. but compared to the UK, its architecture is nothing to scream about.
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Old 10-27-2011, 10:32 PM
 
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Of the European cities I've visited, Paris, London and Rome have architecture that scream for attention. And Venice is a place whose architecture seems to touch the soul.
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Old 10-28-2011, 08:22 AM
 
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Brazil has some beautiful ones - Salvador, Olinda (Recife), etc.

Cartagena in Colombia is one I'd love to see someday in my lifetime.

In the U.S., definitely New Orleans. San Francisco as well.

Pretty much ALL of Europe.

I've always liked Vietnam - French colonial architecture everywhere...simply beautiful.
I agree with Vietnam. I completely forgot that country has some great architecture until you mentioned it.

What do you think about the countries I listed?

(USA, France, China, United Kingdom, Japan, Thailand, Canada, Denmark, Sweden, Italy, Netherlands, Taiwan, India, South Korea, UAE, Switzerland, Romania, Germany, Russia, Belgium.)

Those countries make my top 20 in that order for having the best architecture.

Vietnam would be 21st place, which is still a good rank.
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Old 10-28-2011, 10:15 AM
 
Location: Barcelona, Spain
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Can't talk about architecture and not include Barcelona.
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Old 10-28-2011, 02:21 PM
 
Location: London
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Yes, it does. The Netherlands is just too small to compete with the UK, in architecture. I can't really think of anything special about The Netherlands in terms of architecture, Amsterdam is boring, Rotterdam is a bit rubbish.. other then windmills, what do you have to brag about?
A bit harsh...

I'd say that one of the reasons that The Netherlands isn't considered to be architecturally significant is because large parts were levelled during WWII, the same as many cities in Germany.
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Old 10-28-2011, 10:04 PM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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I've always been partial to the beauty of folk and practical architecture, rather than monuments and edifices, which can be commissioned by any entity rich enough to hire the best architects currently in vogue.

That would include village architecture in Moldavia, where the houses were relatively simple domiciles, but great care was taken to embellish them with ornamental features. I never tired of driving through Romanian villages, but I've heard that Ceausescu destroyed a lot of them to make room for sterile high-rises. Wooden churches in Scandinavia, and those amazing city-scapes perched on the rocks on the coast of Yemen, are also awesome examples of simple, utilitarian architecture.

When I was in Malta, it looked like every new building under construction was carefully being planned to fit into the existing motif, so it was hard to tell new buildings from old. But that was a long time ago, and I don't know if this pattern continued in the face of economic imperatives..
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Old 10-29-2011, 07:44 AM
 
Location: Beautiful Pennsylvania
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It depends which kind of architecture you are into... personally I loved the architecture in Uzbekistan for example, the Registan in Samarkand, but also Mosques in Bukhara, Khiva, .... outstanding!
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Old 10-30-2011, 08:52 AM
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Espana!
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