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Grand Duke Ferdinando de Medici often crossed the Ponte Vecchio Bridge, enduring the stench from tanners and butchers who occupied the bridge's buildings. In 1593, he decreed only jewelers and goldsmiths could occupy the bridge.  
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At least 88 sculptures of Hungarian monarchs, commanders, and famous warriors adorn the outer walls of Budapest's Parliament Building (Országház). The structure also boasts 10 courtyards, 27 gates, and 29 stairways.  
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Architect Sir Charles Barry conceived Trafalgar Square as a British version of an Italian piazza, a place where masses of Londoners could gather together for meetings and celebrations.  
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Throughout the Cyclades Islands, church domes interrupt the island's angular architecture, which in Greek Orthodox style symbolizes heaven lowered to earth.  
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Originally designed to drain rainwater from the Paris rooftops, gargoyles have evolved into creepy-looking figures. Scholars believe that medieval architects made gargoyles grotesque in order to scare off evil spirits.  
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Munich's City Hall was one of the few buildings in the city to survive World War II. After the war, an American soldier contributed paint for the restoration and was rewarded with a ride on one of the clock's mechanical horses.  
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When Prague's 14th-century Charles Bridge first spanned the Vltava River, its only adornment was a simple crucifix. Some 75 sculptures now decorate the bridge, but legend has it that touching the original crucifix makes one's wish come true.  
 
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