This timelapse-supercut of European landmarks will leave you speechless

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You've never seen Europe like this. For the full effect, you want to watch this one in full screen, HD, rocking some nice headphones if you can swing it. Oh, and turn off the lights.

This is "Nightvision," a fantastic supercut of some of the most iconic architectural landmarks in all of Europe, shot entirely at night. The work of filmmaker Luke Shepard, it is the stunning culmination of three months' work, and was made possible almost entirely through support from Kickstarter backers.


Writes Shepard:

Nightvision is a celebration of the brilliance and diversity of architecture found across Europe. Over the course of three months I journeyed with a friend through 36 cities in 21 countries with the ambition of capturing some of the greatest European structures in a new and unique way. Comprised of thousands of carefully taken photographs, strung together and stabilized in post-production, Nightvision aims to inspire appreciation for these man-made landmarks.


Shepard used a 90-day Europass to travel throughout Europe, shooting more than 20,000 photos in the process. He used those shots to create 47 timelapse sequences, a little over half of which made it into the supercut up top. He lists the buildings featured, in order of appearance, on his website:


Brandenburg Gate - Carl Gotthard Langhans - Berlin, Germany

Arc de Triomphe - Jean Chalgrin - Paris, France

Philharmonie Luxembourg - Christian de Portzamparc - Luxembourg City, Luxembourg

Atomium - André Waterkeyn - Brussels, Belgium

Palace of Westminster - Charles Berry - London, England

Copenhagen Opera House - Henning Larsen - Copenhagen, Denmark

Trevi Fountain - Nicola Salvi - Rome, Italy

Belém Tower - Francisco de Arruda - Lisbon, Portugal

L'Hemisferic - Santiago Calatrava and Félix Candela - Valencia, Spain

Berliner Dom - Julius Raschdorff - Berlin, Germany

Guggenheim Museum Bilbao - Frank Gehry - Bilbao, Spain

Cologne Cathedral - Willy Weyres - Cologne, Germany

Hungarian Parliament Building - Imre Steindl - Budapest, Hungary

Oslo Opera House - Tarald Lundevall - Oslo, Norway

The Shard - Renzo Piano - London, England

Fernsehturm Berlin - Hermann Henselmann and Jörg Streitparth - Berlin, Germany

Bode-Museum - Ernst von Ihne - Berlin, Germany

Sultan Ahmed Mosque - Sedefkar Mehmed Agha - Istanbul, Turkey

Alexander Nevsky Cathedral - Alexander Pomerantsev - Sofia, Bulgaria

Tower Bridge - Horace Jones and George D Stephenson - London, England

Prague Astronomical Clock - Mikuláš of Kadaň and Jan Šindel - Prague, Czech Republic

Fraumünster - Staffelbach Meier and Marc Chagall - Zurich, Switzerland

Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía - Santiago Calatrava - Valencia, Spain

Rathaus Vienna - Friedrich von Schmidt - Vienna, Austria

National Theatre - Maria Siklós - Budapest, Hungary

Sagrada Família - Antoni Gaudí - Barcelona, Spain

Roman Colosseum - Vespasian and Titus - Rome, Italy

Under Krystallen - Schmidt Hammer Lassen - Copenhagen, Denmark

Read more about Shepard's process – including equipment and software info, and a map denoting where his sequences were shot – on his website. (The song, by the way, is "Outro" by M83. It's just really killer timelapse music, if history is any indication.)