The Most Beautiful Buildings In The World

Religious buildings, private homes, skyscrapers, theatres and museums… There are different buildings all over the world, and some of which are built in order to turn them to a symbol of a certain city or even an entire nation. And this, on the other hand, means that as time passes by, these buildings turn into iconic places that are tightly connected to the city’s magnificence and glory.

Here is a list with some of the most beautiful buildings around the world:

Hagia Sophia, Istanbul

Hagia Sophia (Saint Sophia) is built right on the place of a 40century orthodox basilica, which was completely ruined, and has turned into one of the iconic places of Istanbul, Turkey. The great building is nowadays a museum, but this wasn’t so years ago. For centuries the basilica has been the mainstay of the Greek Orthodox Church, which was then turned into an Islamic mosque. The church was burned down during the Nika riots in 532, and some of its ruins can still be seen. The present building of the church was built between 532 and 537 and is one of the best examples of the Byzantine architecture.

This ancient religious building impresses with its dome’s size, which has a diameter of 31 metres and rises to height of 55 meters. The place also features a variety of places that are worth seeing – countless mosaics, the Empress Lodge, the Marble Gates, the Sultan’s Lodge, the Library of Mahmut I, etc.

The Guggenheim Museum, Spain

Some people would say that this work of the architect Frank Gehry, is quite similar to the outcome of a tin opener’s job, but this is without any doubt one of the most amazing buildings of modern architecture. The museum is found in 1997 and looks like titanium tape connected by a collection of blocks that refer to industrialism in architecture. It’s all about art, people.

The Louvre, Paris

One of the most easily recognizable museums in the world – the Louvre – is not beautiful only for art lovers, but also for everyone who attends it. The Louvre was built in the 12th century, but it was not always a museum. In the 14th century, it was turned into a royal residence, and in the middle of the 18th century Louis XV made it a royal museum, which was intended to become home of part of the royal art collection.

During the French Revolution the Louvre underwent through another transformation, and became a public museum. Nowadays it is home to more than 380.000 masterpieces of world’s art, 350,000 of which are part of the exhibition. Some of them are Mona Lisa and Venus de Milo.

Potala Palace, Tibet

The palace, which is overlooking the holy city of Lhasa, was home to the Tibetan Government and was also the winter residence of Dalai Lama. The gigantic and yet elegant structure is 13-floors high and has thousands of rooms decorated in the so-called “gompa” style – the style of the Buddinst temples and monasteries. Nowadays the palace is China’s national museum and is included in the UNESCO’s World Heritage List.

Sagrada Familia, Spain

Sagrada Familia is undoubtedly the most amazing church in the entire world. The process of building Sagrada Familia with its conical towers that look like the tentacles of an octopus, began in 1882, but the idea of Gaudi turned out to be so complex that the church is not yet complete.

Ultimately, it must have three walls and eighteen towers, the tallest of which symbolizes Jesus Christ. According to the plan, the construction of Sagrada Familia should be completed in 2026 – the hundredth anniversary of Gaudi’s death.

Author Bio: Jack loves to travel all the time. His job at gives him the opportunity to see a lot of places.

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