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It's now the site of British coronations and many royal weddings—most recently, the marriage of Prince William and Kate Middleton, now the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

The largest church in Italy took nearly 600 years to complete.

Common traits include pointed arches, ribbed vaults, and flying buttresses, all of which enabled the structures to be built taller and stronger.

Here, we've rounded up nine of the best examples of Gothic cathedrals from across Europe.

Built during the 12th through 16th centuries, these medieval masterpieces were born out of the Romanesque movement, which saw churches designed with thick walls, round arches, and large towers.

It's caned rattan on a steel frame in a big, bold, iconic shape...Found lining many staircases and terraces, a balustrade is a row of small columns topped by a rail.The term is derived from the form’s constituent posts, called balusters, a name coined in 17th-century Italy for the bulbous item’s resemblance to blossoming pomegranate flowers ( in Italian).“The balustrade’s functions are multiple, from reducing the possibility of a person falling off a stairway to cordoning off an area for the purposes of privacy, such as the gilded balustrade that separates the bed in the king's chamber at Versailles from the rest of the room,” says Mitchell Owens, The earliest examples of balustrades comes from ancient bas-reliefs, or sculptural murals, dating from sometime between the 13th and 7th centuries b.c.Unlike most Gothic cathedrals, which have two towers in front, Milan'sl has quite a different silhouette, being covered in many small pinnacles. Over time, a special section of my bookshelves has become dedicated to them, neatly there chronologically lined up in a row, dating back to 2003.