A lot of us when holidaying around the world tend not to notice the true beauty of a building or a landmark. So therefore we decided to put together a list on what we think are 10 of the most beautiful buildings in the world.
Taj Mahal, India
The Taj Mahal was built in the 17th century, and can be found in India. This white marble mausoleum is known all around the world, and is regarded as one of the most stunning masterpieces of architecture on the planet. Thirty years ago, it has become a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is immensely popular as a tourist attraction, as millions of people visit it annually. The Taj is regarded as the best example of Mughal architecture in the world.
Hagia Sophia, Turkey
When translated, the name of this beautiful structure means Holy Wisdom. It is a Greek Orthodox Church turned museum located in Turkey’s capital, Istanbul. It was constructed in 537, and served as an orthodox church up until the second half of the 15th century. It was then transformed into an imperial mosque, only to be converted into a museum in 1935.
Lotus Temple, India
India is a country that definitely has tremendous architectural beauty in its possession, as you have already seen, and will see later on in the list. This building is located in India’s capital, New Delhi, and serves as the modern symbol of the city. It was completed in 1986, and has since been regarded as one of the most remarkable examples of architecture in the world. The structure represents a house of worship for the followers of the Bahá’í faith. It is one of the most visited buildings on the planet.
Guggenheim Museum, Spain
One of the most impressive museums in the world is the Guggenheim Museum located in the city of Bilbao, Spain. It is a museum of modern and contemporary art, established in 1997. It is truly one of the finest examples of modern architecture, and was considered as one of the most important buildings in the world upon its completion.
The Golden Temple, India
Otherwise known as the Harmandir Sahib, this structure was built in 1604, and is located in the city of Amritsar, India. It is considered a holy place by Sikhs, and is largely visited by both tourists and worshipers. Over 100,000 people visit the Golden Temple daily. The idea behind this temple is to unite people of all religions and worship god at the same place.
Catherine Palace, Russia
This palace from the 18th century will certainly raise your eyebrows once you see how enormous it actually is. It was once a summer residence for emperors of Russia, and it took over 30 years for it to be constructed. Construction was finished in July 1756. Very rich materials were used to construct this building, including more than 100 kilograms of gold, which was used on certain parts of the palace that you can still see shining today.
Beijing National Stadium, Beijing, China
Affectionately known as Bird’s Nest, it is situated in Olympic Green Village, Chaoyang District. It was designed as the main stadium of 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. The Olympic events of track and field, football, gavelock, weight throw and discus were held there. Since October, 2008, after the Olympics ended, it has been opened as a tourist attraction. Now, it’s the center of international or domestic sports competition and recreation activities.
The Institute for Sound and Vision | Hilversum, Netherlands
This building is more than a visual pleasure, it is an awe-inspiring conglomerate of colours that lights up the night sky. The four-sided mural is Dutch television images baked into cast glass. From the inside out, this structure attracts starring eyes.
Sagrada Família, Spain
Surely the most extraordinary church on the planet, from the mind of one of history’s most eccentric designers: Antoni Gaudí. With its tapering towers like the straightened arms of an octopus, construction of Sagrada Família began in 1882, though Gaudí’s vision was so complex that the church is still unfinished. It will ultimately feature three façades and 18 towers, the tallest of them (170m) representing Jesus Christ. Plans are to have the Barcelona icon completed in 2026, the 100th anniversary of Gaudí’s death, although it will almost be a shame now to see it finished.
Burj Al Arab, Dubai, UAE
This 60-story sail-shaped hotel, which sits on its own private island, was designed to be a national icon. But the interior is where the beauty lies: a nearly 600-foot-tall atrium—the world’s tallest. The undersides of tier after tier of semi-circular balconies reveal a spectrum of colors. And the tower’s powerful diagonal braces, like the flying buttresses of the past, inspire awe. Non-guests can gain access to the Burj Al Arab’s private island by booking a meal at one of its restaurants; try afternoon tea at the Skyview Bar or a buffet lunch at Junsui.