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The Benefits of Travel – Educational

There are many benefits to traveling.  So far for this series we have covered health benefits of travel.  For this post we are going to look at some of the educational benefits of travel.

For me, education is very important, but I don’t always learn by lectures and class rooms.  I believe that education works best through experience.

In a western culture such as the United States, almost all of our history is told through Europe.  When it comes to Historic sites, Europe is unmatched.  If you want to see what historic sites we like in each country, check out our Top Places To Go series.  But beyond the usual cast of Castles, Coliseums, and historic churches, what else does Europe have to teach us?

Well how about a brief look at the types of Architecture you can see throughout Europe?  Architecture is cool and trendy.  You can easily look to impress your friends with your knowledge of the buildings around you.  So, below we outline four of the most popular types of architecture you’ll encounter in Europe and a couple ways to hopefully help you tell what type of building you are looking at!  You’ll be a regular Ted Mosby!

Overview of Popular Types of Architecture:

Romanesque:

As the name might suggest, this type of architecture looks and is of Ancient Rome. Obviously, some of the structures that fall under this guideline is The Coliseum or some of the Roman Churches.  The thing to look for in this style of architecture is the Arches.  Romans where famous for their use of arches because they were the first society master the arch.  Look for something old with arches, especially in Italy, and it is probably Romanesque.

Gothic:

Gothic was the Architecture style most popular in the Medieval times.  Most of the famous cathedrals throughout Europe default to the Gothic style.  The tells that help you know you’re dealing with Gothic Architecture are: 1) Pointed Arches; 2) ribbed vault in the ceiling; and 3) the flying buttress.  These sound fancy and confusing but click the links…  You’ve probably seen these features many times before.

Renaissance:

Renaissance was very popular and followed the Gothic style.  It borrowed a lot from the previous styles.  The emphasis of Renaissance architecture has to do with symmetry and arrangement of features, making it more difficult to spot front the other styles.  Tip: look for domes.  Domes were a big part of the Renaissance Style and are present in many of the famous structures such as the Cathedral of Florence and St. Peter’s Basilica.

Modern:

At this point, the architecture bubble busts wide open.  Odds are the building you are reading this in falls under the umbrella of modern architecture.  That being said, the modern architecture is still phenomenal.  The Einstein Tower, an observatory in Germany, The Glass Palace, a modern building in the Netherlands, and the Goetheanum in Switzerland are just a few of the fantastic modern buildings in Europe.

On top of architecture, Europe has some of the finest Museums in the World.  Whether it is history, such as the Holocaust Museum in Germany, or Art such as the Louvre in Paris, Europe has some of the foremost Museums covering all subjects.  So, if you prefer, you can sit at home and read about Europe, or you can get out there and learn about it first hand!

What are some things you want to learn by travel?

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