There are many reasons for traveling the globe. Some people enjoy trying all the different cuisines around the world. Some people want to admire the beautiful nature that each region has to offer. And some people love architecture. Well, anyone who falls into that last category is probably quite familiar with some of the structures on this list. But for the rest of us architecture newbies, here are some of the greatest feats of architecture from around the world.
The Taj Mahal
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If you thought The Notebook was romantic, you’re going to love the story behind this architectural feat. Considered one of the most romantic gestures of all time, the Taj Mahal was commissioned by Shah Jahan, an emperor of the Mughul empire. He built it as a monument for his third wife, Mumtaz Mahal, who died during the birth of their fourteenth child together. To this day, the Taj Mahal of India remains one of the most expensive man-made structures of all time. It is also one of the most mysterious – the architect behind it remains anonymous.
The Roman Colosseum
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If you’ve been to Rome anytime recently (or seen literally any movie filmed in Italy), it’s likely that you’ve come across this historic structure. Constructed around 70 AD, the colosseum perfectly encapsulates the power and might of the ancient Roman Empire. Throughout history, the colosseum has been used for many different purposes including the persecution of Christians and later, as an arena for bullfighting. Interestingly, it was almost turned into a wool factory back in the 16th century, which would have given employment to thousands of Roman prostitutes.
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If you are a fan of fairytales and princesses, the Neuschwanstein Castle will definitely fascinate you. Apparently, Walt Disney himself looked to this German castle for inspiration for his magical films, particularly for the fairytale of Sleeping Beauty. Located amongst the majestic mountains of Bavaria, the castle hosts over 6,000 visitors per day. If you’re looking for something fun to do in Germany that is both historical and beautiful, look no further than this architectural masterpiece.
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There are many sites to see when visiting Spain’s capital city, and Sagrada Familia is at the top of that list. The formidable Roman Catholic church is located in Barcelona, Catalonia. It was designed by architect Antoni Gaudi in the 19th century. The church’s architecture combines Gothic forms with curvilinear Art Nouveau style. Although it remains incomplete until today, Sagrada Familia is listed a UNESCO World Heritage site. The church’s official name is The Basilica i Temple Expiatori de la Sagrada Familia.