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The Most Exciting Cities For Architecture Buffs (PHOTOS)

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A city with a distinct architectural style has a certain draw to travelers. Great architecture is both artistic and scientific, both beautiful and practical. Even more, architecture gives us cultural clues about a city's past, present and future.

Important architectural advancements such as the invention of the dome, of concrete, and of the skyscraper itself not only advanced the technology of construction, but also challenged architects to compete amongst themselves to produce more efficient and creative structures.

We've selected a handful of cities that have developed a reputation for notable architecture styles and histories, but it's impossible to give enough attention to all architectural masterpieces. Here are seven great cities for architecture buffs and a few highlights not to miss in each one.

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