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Slideshow: Best Cities for Architecture Buffs

If you're mesmerized by the fanciful colors and capricious lines of Art Nouveau, or you long to retreat into the past beneath Gothic cathedral ceilings or Roman arches, you're an architecture buff at heart. You're likely a traveler, too. Around the world, architecture old and new reflects more than just design trends -- it's a glimpse into history and into the lives of locals. In other words, architecture and travel go together like Grecian columns and Neoclassicism. What trip to any major city is complete without an examination of its best buildings?

We've put together a gallery of eight amazing cities that should be at the top of every architecture admirer's must-visit list. Start the slideshow to check out our picks!

But these cities are only the spire of the cathedral, the crown of the skyscraper ... well, you get the idea. We know that there are thousands of other cities and sites worthy of a spot on our list, but we're limited by space -- so join the discussion and tell us where you've found the best architecture on earth!

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