If you love architecture and travelling the world, then you need to have a bucket list that covers all the countries with the most iconic and instantly recognisable buildings on it. These buildings are a
If you love architecture and travelling the world, then you need to have a bucket list that covers all the countries with the most iconic and instantly recognisable buildings on it.
These buildings are a must-see, although you may need to win big playing the real money slots Pakistan has to offer in order to be able to visit them all!
The Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris
Although the Notre Dame recently suffered a tragic fire, it is still on of the world’s most iconic buildings, and the French are determined to restore it to its former glory. Construction on the cathedral started in 1163 and it’s home to some of the world’s most value and rare religious artefacts.
It’s considered to be one of the finest examples of French Gothic architecture still around, and once it’s roof and the subsequent fire damage is repaired, it looks set to remain as such for years, if not centuries to come.
Hagia Sophia, Istanbul
Once a Greek Orthodox Church and a Mosque, the Hagia Sophia is now a museum.
Originally built between 522 and 537, the building stands on the same site as another ancient church that was destroyed, and it is said to be one of the greatest examples of Byzantine architecture that has survived centuries.
The Louvre, Paris
Another building in France that is incredibly famous, The Louvre was originally built as a museum in the 12th century. However, in the 14th century it became a royal residence and it was only in 1750 that it was once again converted back to a museum again.
The home of the Mona Lisa and many other great works, this iconic building has since had a modern glass pyramid added on, and this contrasts perfectly with its classical exterior.
The Burj Al Arab, Dubai
A landmark in Dubai, the The Burj Al Arab is an incredible building that was built in 1994. It’s a modern architectural feat and it mimics the appearance of the sail of a dhow.
It’s currently the world’s second largest hotel and is home to an aquarium, restaurants, shops and other attractions too.
Sydney Opera House, Australia
With its incredible white ‘sails’ the Sydney Opera House is instantly recognisable. The result of a design competition held in 1955, the winning concrete shell design was created to ensure that acoustics were pitch perfect from almost any angle, and to offer form and function to a space that was crying out for a landmark.
Interestingly enough, the Opera House was not designed by an Australian, but by a man from Denmark!
Empire State Building
If you’ve watched any TV series set in New York you would have spotted the Empire State building. It is one of the tallest in the world and its Art Deco design has made it all the more famous. Construction on this building began in 1930 and only took 410 days.
Sadly the building’s opening also coincided with the Great Depression and it failed to make a profit and was considered a major flop. It sat relatively empty for nearly 20 years, before it reached fully occupancy!