Eight Buildings To See Before You Die

The world is awash with some stunning architecture, but with so many great monuments of historical and cultural importance to feast your eyes on, you may well wonder where to start.  Here are eight buildings worth venturing to at some point during your lifetime.

The Colosseum, Rome

The Colosseum
The Colosseum (Photo credit: KayYen)

With so many amazing structures in this architectural-rich city, it’s hard to pin down just one building worth seeing before you die.  However, no trip to Rome would be complete without a visit to the awe-inspiring Colosseum.  Steeped in history, this centuries old Roman amphitheatre is full of character and charm.

Sydney Opera House

There’s no building in the world to compare to the architectural gem that is the Opera House in Sydney.  Situated on the stunning harbour in shouting distance of the equally grand harbour bridge, the striking design of the Opera House deserves a place on everyone’s must-see list.

Parthenon, Athens

Ancient Greece has influenced much of the modern world, but its historical buildings are a lasting legacy to the importance of this Mediterranean country.  No visit to Greece, or Europe for that matter, would be complete without soaking up the sights of the classic Parthenon in Athens.  Built in 438 BC, this temple to the Greek goddess Athena is one of the most distinguishable landmarks in the world today.

Taj Mahal, India

Taj Mahal world heritage site in Agra, India.
Taj Mahal world heritage site in Agra, India. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

One of the world’s most recognisable buildings, the Taj Mahal at Agra is simply stunning and should be seen by person to appreciate its splendour.  Considered by many as the most beautiful building in the world, this Mogul style structure was built by Shah Jahan as a tomb for his wife.

Empire State Building, New York

This famous Manhattan structure once claimed to be one of the tallest buildings in the world.  Built in the early 1930s it may well be a fairly modern structure compared to many ancient treasures, but it still oozes the wow factor.  At well over 380m high, it epitomises the classic, art deco, American skyscraper.

Buckingham Palace, London

A 4 x 7 segment mosaic of Buckingham Palace, L...
(Photo credit: Wikipedia)

With so many attractions to visit, London has got all the key ingredients for stunning architecture steeped in culture and history. But, no visit to the British capital would be worthwhile without taking a glimpse at the world famous Royal building, Buckingham Palace.  You probably won’t get to see the Queen, but the changing of the guards is a sight to see, and tours inside the Palace offer an opportunity to see what life is like for the Royal family.

The Grand Palace, Bangkok

The Far East offers plenty of cultural attractions and wonderful buildings, with none more intriguing and jaw-dropping than Thailand’s Grand Palace.  Built in 1782, this ornate building of spiritual significance dazzles and shimmers, offering the tourist a spectacular feast for their eyes.

Temple of Luxor, Egypt

Egypt is teaming with ancient wonders, and none more so than the Temple of Luxor on the east bank of the river Nile.  Founded in 1400 BC, this majestic Egyptian temple attracts hundreds of visitors, searching for an insight into the cultural and historical significance of this ancient treasure.

This article was written by B Frisby on behalf of The Drawing Room.

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