25 Architectural Wonders You Need to See Before You Die
25 Architectural Wonders
Architecture is one of the best expressions of art. Buildings, homes, and other structures take our breath away when their architecture is out of the box and push the boundaries of structural expressions. Perfect example are these 25 structures.
The Göbekli Tepe was built way back 9500 BC and is believed to be a religious structure. Located in Turkey, it is said to be the oldest temple in the world.
The Fulton Center is right at the intersection of Broadway and Fulton Street, Lower Manhattan in New York City. It’s a transit center and retail complex that officially opened its doors to the public in November 2014.
Penleigh and Essendon Grammar School
Penleigh and Essendon Grammar School in Melbourne, Australia apart from excellent education, is popular because for its one of a kind architectural design. The design fits the school’s personality as it is one of the best schools in Victoria when it comes to sports.
Golden Temple in Amritsar, India
The Sri Harmandir Sahib (“The Abode of God”) or more popularly called “Golden Temple” is the holiest Gurdwara of Sikhism in Amritsar City, Punjab. It is a place of worship for men and women of all religions.
Las Lajas Sanctuary in Narino, Colombi
The basilica church of Las Lajas Sanctuary is located in the southern Colombian Department of Nariño. This Gothic revival-inspired structure isn’t the original shine as it was only built in 1802. The original shrine was made from straw and wood some time in the mid 18th century.
Basílica i Temple Expiatori de la Sagrada Família
The Basílica i Temple Expiatori de la Sagrada Família is Roman Catholic church located in Barcelona, Spain. Yes, it looks like something that came out from the Chronicles of Narnia! This church is a UNESCO World Heritage Site as well. Too bad though that the mastermind behind this structure, Antoni Gaudí didn’t live to see his masterpiece completed.
Flatiron Building in New York
Why is it called the Flatiron building? For obvious reasons, the triangular structure is shaped just like a flat iron. Originally called the “Fuller Building”. this 22-storey structure is said to be one of New York’s first skyscrapers built way back in 1902.
Also in Manhattan is the Woolworth Building, one of the many works of architect Cass Gilbert. This was the tallest building in the world from 1913 to 1930.
Ribbon Chapel in Hiroshima, Japan
Hiroshi Nakamura & NAP Architects is very popular for the Ribbon Chapel. Obviously called as such because of how it looks, it is a wedding chapel located in a garden of a resort hotel, “Bella Vista Sakaigahama,” in Onomichi, Hiroshima.
Light of Life Church
This chapel is located at the end of the SeolGok Road on the south side of the Bori mountain in Gapyong. That’s 30kms from Seoul, South Korea. Despite its distance from civilization, it holds Sunday services and is open to people everyday. Not only is it a chapel, it also is a restaurant and cafe.
Chicago’s Marina City Apartment
The Marina City apartments in Chicago is trully a class of its own. It was built way back 1964 and is known to be one of the first buildings in the United States that was built using a crane.
What sets the Temppeliaukio Church apart? Well, it’s built under a rock, and it is underground. This church is located in Helsinki, Finland and is popularly known as “Church of the Rock” for obvious reasons.
Church of St. George in Lalibela, Ethiopia
Why is the Church of St. George a must-see? Well, for a structure said to be built around the late 12th century AD, it is really amazing since the entire church is carved from one single stone.
Turninn Building in Reykjavík, Iceland
The Turninn Building in Reykjavík, Iceland literally reflects the true beauty of Iceland. Completed in 2010, the building faces the Reykjavík bay and the Esja mountain.