Many European buildings have grand, intricate and artistic architecture that will blow you away. Every time I go to Europe I think to myself, “Do these people realize where they live?!” As an American from a very young country, we just don’t have what they have. Not only is the architecture breathtaking, but most of it is historically important. I could see where a local could easily take it for granted. It would be easy to do so when you don’t know anything different, and when it’s literally everywhere you turn! I’ve seen many cathedrals that took several HUNDRED years to build!
In the United States, we tear down and build up in a matter of months. It seriously upsets me every time I see a perfectly fine building being torn down and a new one of similar structure built in the same spot. In Europe, the concept of tearing something down is nearly unheard of. They build on top of everything making it bigger and better, making great use of their resources. In Europe, they take their time making something worth while, knowing that it may not be finished in their lifetime. How amazing is that? When they make something new, they try to be creative and give it their all, not just build another square metal building. They are constantly restoring, refurbishing and renovating. Just think how much history would have been lost if Europeans hadn’t seen the value in preserving their buildings?
In my local city, we had several amazing historic buildings built in the late 1800’s (which is old for us) that were later demolished. If we had persevered these buildings, we would have been on the same road as Europe to eventually have very old and historically valuable structures. How can we ever hope to have these if we don’t ever give them a chance? I hope this way of building and preserving continues in Europe, and doesn’t die with the old world.