When we start talking about the world’s most beautiful buildings, it’s so hard to come up with a list that would satisfy the majority. Not only because there are way too many amazing buildings in the world, but there are also way too many categories. You just can’t come up with a list that is black and white. Architectural beauty is a very subjective criterion that is open to a lot of interpretation.
So what we came up here is a list of the many beautiful buildings that would take you round the globe. Focusing more on the aesthetical beauty of the structures, we give you a list of the buildings in the world that will surely give your eyes a lovely treat every single visit.
Potala Palace in Tibet
First we take you back in time. This magnificent palace used to be the government seat of Tibet. Not only that, this palace is also the former winter home of the Dalai Lama. The Potala Palace is 13 storeys high and is home to a thousand magnificent rooms. The Potala Palace is designed as a traditional Buddhist temple and is very striking especially since is stands on top of a cliff, overlooking the city of Lhasa.
Many believe that more than 7000 workers participated in the construction of the Potala Palace in 7th century AD. Today, the Potala Palace is home to a great collection of artefact in China and holds the prestige of being called as a Unesco World Heritage site.
Sagrada Familia in Spain
Architect Antoni Gaudi is considered as one of the most eccentric but brilliant designers in the world. And these factors surely showed up in his works like the Sagrada Familia in Spain. Praised as the most bizarre-looking church on the planet, it has towers shaped like octopus arms reaching up to the skies. Despite the fact that the construction of the Sagrada Familia began in 1882, the church remains unfinished today. Based on Gaudi’s plans, this Barcelona church will have 18 towers shooting up to the skies and as many as 3 facades. They plan to have the Sagrada Familia finished by 2026 which marks the 100th death anniversary of Anton Gaudi.
Taj Mahal in India
Just as amazing and heart-warming as the history behind it, the Taj Mahal really warms your heart if you’re lucky to view five different ways. Arguably one of the best structures in the world, the Taj Mahal surely is the most romantic. The white marble mausoleum was built for Mumtaz Mahal by his beloved Emperor Shah Jahan. Mumtaz Mahal died during the childbirth, the 14th child of Emperor Shah Jahan. As proof of his undying love, he built the Taj Mahal for as a final resting place.
Bibliotheca Alexandrina in Egypt
Depending on how you see it, this magnificent library is either a humongous light switch or a UFO half submerged into the sea. The building was finished in 2002 and is praised as the very first “great design of the new millennium”. At par with the great pyramids in Egypt, the Bibliotheca Alexandrina is truly a sight to behold and houses a deep history—this time, they’re bound in books. Eight million books to be exact.
Museo Guggenheim in Spain
From a distance, this weird-looking building looks like giant strips of flat copper clumped together. While many people joke about the entire building going through a can opener, this magnificent structure remains as one of must-see places in Spain. The giant strips are actually titanium and are shaped like huge ribbon strips that interconnect. It was designed by Architect Frank Gehry and it represents the Bilbao City’s industrialism.
Imam Mosque in Iran
The Imam Mosque is a beautiful tiled structure. The entire building is covered in tiles from inside out. The design of the ceramic is light blue and yellow giving the building a serene and calm feel to it. It has been said that the building can change colors depending on how the light strikes the tiles.
The mosque has a main dome that stands 54 meters in height and is designed with a stunning floral mosaic. The entire mosque stands at a 45 degree angle because it faces Mecca.
Crac des Chevaliers in Syria
TE Lawrence described Crac des Chevaliers as the “finest castle in the world”. While the title is open to arguments, the castle remains as a beautiful sight in Syria. It stands atop a hill. It was used as a fortress for the Crusaders 800 years ago. As classic as many Medieval castles go, the Crac de Chevaliers remains standing today because of its solid foundation.
Aya Sofya in Turkey
Istanbul’s prized possession, the Aya Sofya is one of the most beautiful structures in Turkey. The four minarets of the Aya Sofya looks like rockets that are ready for launch, which makes the main dome looking like a space ship of some sort. The Aya Sofya was designed and built in 6th century AD. It was built to be an Orthodox Church. Later it became a mosque and eventually a museum in 1935.
Winter Palace in Russia
While there are many beautiful structures in Russia, the Winter Palace stands out because of its stunning outer casing. The outer walls are pistachio-colored and accentuated with yellow trimmings. It was designed by Francesco Bartolomeo Rastreli and was built as the winter residence of Russian tsars. The Winter Palace bears many design icons used in the Baroque period making it one of the most intricately-designed structures in Russia.
Museu Oscar Niemeyer in Brazil
There are many sites to see in Brazil and one of them is the Museu Oscar Niemeyer. Designed by Oscar Niemeyer, who also designed the famous Brasilia, the Museu Oscar Niemeyer is a bit daunting especially for those who are fans of the classics. The main gallery of this huge museum is shaped like an all-seeing eye. The “eye” balances on top of a yellow-colored block. There is a curving ramp that takes you to the entrance. The ramp is suspended from a pool of water. From afar, the structure looks unbalanced but the Museu Oscar Niemeyer is a test to one’s taste in aesthetics.
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