As beautiful as the Seven Wonders of the World are similar man-made structures whose features and construction can well qualify as marvels of architecture. Around the globe are buildings of such spectacular symmetry and construction that they would leave one spell bound wondering how could such masterpieces be possible. Take a look at 10 of the most beautiful buildings in the world.
Sagrada Familia, Barcelona, Spain
Translated in English as “the church of the holy family’ this Roman Catholic Cathedral is one of the most exquisite examples of the combination of Gothic and art Nouveau architecture. The most surprising aspect of the structure is that it still isn’t complete despite being designed and conceived in 1852 with construction starting soon after. Designed and overseen by famous Catalan architect Antoni Gaudi, The cathedral is a UNESCO world heritage site and is expected to be completed by 2026.
Hagia Sophia, Istanbul, Turkey
Built as a church of the ‘holy wisdom’ the beautiful domed monument is a perfect example of byzantine architecture built in 537 AD. Located in Istanbul, Turkey, it was converted into an Ottoman Mosque in 1453 but is now a museum.
Burj Al Arab, Dubai, UAE
One of the most stunning examples of modern day futuristic architecture, the Burj Al Arab in UAE stands tall at a height of almost 1053 feet across 60 stories. The hi tech building cost $1billion and is iconic in its stature as a symbol of the UAE skyline.
Tiger’s Nest Monastery, Paro District, Bhutan
Among the most beautiful buildings of the world, this will leave you dumbfounded. Hugging the side of a rock face is the Tiger’s Nest Monastery in Paro Bhutan. A marvel of architectecture given the minimum room and risk of steep elevation on the side of a cliff, the monastery is breathtaking and was built around a cave.
Gresham Palace, Budapest, Hungary
Scarred by World War II and used as a barracks by the red army, this fine example of art Nouveau architecture was restored at a cost of $125 million. Taken over by four seasons and converted into a hotel, it now stands proud once again as a beautiful monument of Hungarian culture.
The Guggenheim, Bilbao, Spain
This stunning museum of modern and contemporary art is a marvel of modern contemporary architecture. Its main feature is its titanium clad exterior which will leave you gaping in disbelief at the sheer genius of its designer Frank Gehry.
Nelson-Atkins Museum’s Block Building, Kansas City, MO
Spread across a green lawn, this tranquil structure is imposing beyond words. As a sequence of lustrous boxes and frosted glass, it is strikingly beautiful especially before dusk as the sun sets on the structure unleashing a myriad of color.
Sydney Opera House, Sydney, Australia
An iconic monumental structure symbolic of Sydney harbor Australia, the Sydney opera house is a stunning marvel of 20th century Architecture designed by Jorn Utzon and was completed in 1973. As a multi venue of the performing arts, its stand out feature is the expressionist design of precast concrete panels that resemble a cluster of shells colored in two shades of glossy white and matte cream. The entire structure sits on a red granite platform.
The Golden Temple, Amritsar, India
This popular and holy shrine dedicated to the Indian religion of Sikhism was built and completd in 1604. Its main striking feature the golden shrine was designed by the fifth Sikh guru Arjan and displayed both features of Moslem and Indian architecture. The tranquil lake adjacent to the temple is an added splendor and is considered as holy as the temple itself.
Wat Rong Khun, Chiang Rai, Thailand
Truly a spectacular candidate among beautiful buildings of the world. This immaculate white Buddhist shrine is simply breathtaking and personifies the virtue of purity of heart. What is most significant of this structure known as the white temple was the fact that it was in a state of decay in the 20th century but was restored, redesigned and rebuilt by the efforts of one man Chalermchai Krositpipat a local artists from Chiang Rai. The man even spent all of his own money amounting to THB 40 million for the renovation and is now the sole owner of the property.