Notable Architecture

Buildings and other man-made structures that are noteworthy due to the style or innovation of their design.

Akshardham

New Delhi, Delhi, 110092, India
Akshardham
Akshardham is a Hindu temple complex which displays millennia of traditional Hindu and Indian culture, spirituality, and architecture. In addition to the large central temple crafted entirely of stone, the complex features exhibitions on Hinduism and thetop

Brooklyn Bridge

New York, New York, United States of America
Brooklyn-Bridge
The Brooklyn Bridge stretches 5,989 feet (1825 m) over the East River connecting the New York City boroughs of Manhattan and Brooklyn.top

Burj Al Arab Jumeirah

Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Burj-Al-Arab-Jumeirah
The shape of the Burj al-Arab is designed to mimic the sail of a ship. It has a helipad near the roof at a height of 210 m (689 ft) above ground.top

Cathedral of Notre Dame de Paris

Paris, Île-de-France Region, France
Cathedral-of-Notre-Dame-de-Paris
This Gothic Roman Catholic Cathedral was among the first buildings in the world to use the flying buttress or exterior arched supports. Among the many exterior statues are the famous gargoyles, designed for water run-off, and chimeras. top

Château Frontenac

Quebec City, Quebec, G1R 4P5, Canada
Château-Frontenac
Operated as Fairmont Le Château Frontenac. Château Frontenac was designed by American architect Bruce Price, as one of a series of "château" style hotels built for the Canadian Pacific Railway Company during the late 19th and early 20th centuries.top

Chrysler Building

New York, New York, United States of America
Chrysler-Building
Standing at 1,047 feet high (319 m), the Chrysler Building was briefly the world's tallest building before it was surpassed by the Empire State Building in 1931. It is still the world's tallest brick building.top

Eiffel Tower

Paris, Île-de-France Region, 75007, France
Eiffel-Tower
Named after its designer, engineer Gustave Eiffel, the Eiffel Tower is the tallest building in Paris. Including the 24 m (79 ft) antenna, the structure is 325 m (1,063 ft) high.top

Empire State Building

New York, New York, United States of America
Empire-State-Building
It stood as the world's tallest building for more than forty years, from its completion in 1931 until the construction of the World Trade Center North Tower in 1972.top

Great Pyramid of Giza (Khufu, Cheops)

Giza, Egypt
Great-Pyramid-of-Giza-(Khufu,-Cheops)
This is the oldest and largest of the three pyramids in the Giza Necropolis and is the only remaining member of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. The Great Pyramid was the tallest man-made structure in the world for over 3,800 years.top

Great Wall of China

China
Great-Wall-of-China
The Great Wall stretches over approximately 6,400 km (4,000 miles) from Shanhaiguan in the east to Lop Nur in the west. Some portions north of Beijing and near tourist centers have been preserved, but in many locations the Wall is in disrepair.top

Guggenheim Museum Bilbao

Bibao, Biscay, 48009, Spain
Guggenheim-Museum-Bilbao
When the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao opened, it was immediately hailed as one of the world's most spectacular buildings in the style of Deconstructivism. Architect Philip Johnson described it as "the greatest building of our time."top

Hassan II Mosque

Casablanca, Greater Casablanca, Morocco
Hassan-II-Mosque
Designed by the French architect Michel Pinseau and built by Bouygues, the mosque is the second largest in the world. Its minaret is the world's tallest at 210 meters (689 ft).top

Kinkaku-ji: Temple of the Golden Pavilion

Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture, 603-8361, Japan
Kinkaku-ji:-Temple-of-the-Golden-Pavilion
The Golden Pavilion incorporates three distinct styles of architecture which are Shinden, Samurai, and Zen. Each floor of the Kinkaku uses a different architectural style. The exterior is covered in gold leaf.top

Lotus Temple

New Delhi, Delhi, 110019, India
Lotus-Temple
Inspired by the lotus flower, the design for the Lotus Temple is composed of 27 free-standing marble-clad "petals" arranged in clusters of three to form nine sides. The temple has won numerous architectural awards and been featured in hundreds of newspaper and magazine articles.top

Martyrs' Memorial

El Madania, Algiers, Algeria
Martyrs'-Memorial
The Martyrs' Memorial was a real challenge to build because of its geometry, especially the curvature of the fins. It also sits on the edge of a steep cliff in an area that sometimes has earthquakes.top

Palace of Westminster (Houses of Parliament)

London, Greater London, SW1A 2PW, England
Palace-of-Westminster-(Houses-of-Parliament)
This is where the two Houses of the Parliament of the United Kingdom (the House of Lords and the House of Commons) meet. It is also famous for its bell tower which is the home of Big Ben.top

Park Güell

Barcelona, Catalonia, 08024, Spain
Park-Güell
Park Güell is a public park system composed of gardens and architectonic elements located on Carmel Hill, in Barcelona. The design of the park was given to Antoni Gaudí, a renowned architect and the face of Catalan modernism. The park opened as a public ptop

Parthenon

Athens, Greece
Parthenon
The Parthenon is a temple of the Greek goddess Athena, built in the 5th century BC. It is the most important surviving building of Classical Greece. Its decorative sculptures are considered one of the high points of Greek art.top

Pena National Palace

Sintra, Lisboa, 2710-609, Portugal
Pena-National-Palace
The Pena Palace has a profusion of styles much in accordance with the exotic taste of the Romanticism. The intentional mixture of eclectic styles includes the Neo-Gothic, Neo-Manueline, Neo-Islamic and Neo-Renaissance.top

Sagrada Família Church of the Holy Family

Barcelona, Catalonia, 08013, Spain
Sagrada-Família-Church-of-the-Holy-Family
Designed by Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí, the Sagrada Familia combines Gothic and curvilinear Art Nouveau forms.top

Saint Basil's Cathedral

Moscow, Central Federal District, Russia
Saint-Basil's-Cathedral
It's actual name is the Cathedral of Intercession of the Virgin on the Moat, but it is also called the Cathedral of Saint Basil the Blessed, as part of it was built above the grave of St. Basil.top

Sydney Opera House

Sydney, New South Wales, NSW 2001, Australia
Sydney-Opera-House
This building is one of the best known icons of Australia. The Opera House covers 1.8 hectares (4.5 acres) of land. It is 183 metres (605 feet) long and about 120 metres (388 feet) wide at its widest point.top

Taipei 101

Taipei, Taiwan
Taipei-101
Taipei 101 was the world's tallest building from 2004 until 2010 when it was surpassed by Burj Khalifa in Dubai. The building contains 101 floors above ground and 5 floors underground. Its postmodern style combines Asian and international elements.top

Taj Mahal

Agra, Uttar Pradesh, India
Taj-Mahal
Built by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his favorite wife, Mumtaz Mahal, the Taj Mahal is actually an integrated complex of structures, not just the white domed marble mausoleum that most people know.top

Wat Arun Temple of Dawn

Bangkok, Central Thailand Region, 10600, Thailand
Wat-Arun-Temple-of-Dawn
The main feature of Wat Arun is its central prang (Khmer-style tower) which is encrusted with colorful porcelain. The corners are surrounded by four smaller satellite prang. The prang are decorated by seashells and bits of porcelain.top


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