02/26/2013 07:36 am ET Updated Apr 28, 2013

10 Picturesque European Cathedrals (PHOTOS)

Towering symbols of the Christian world, Europe's magnificent cathedrals represent the hope, promise and ambition of a host of nations, rulers and faithful devotees. Often taking hundreds of years to construct and sparing no effort or expense, these colossal undertakings became genuine, shining masterpieces of architectural grandeur.

As well as serving their religious purpose, Europe's cathedrals now rank among the most popular and beautiful attractions in the world, drawing millions of visitors every year. So if you're keen on exploring some of these breath-taking buildings, then this hand-picked selection of picturesque European cathedrals could help inspire your next vacation.

And if that's not enough, you can explore more ancient churches and historical churches and delve even deeper into the heritage of these timeless wonders.

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Picturesque European Cathedrals