There is something about beautiful and eye-catching structures that inspires awe in people – architecture lovers or not. And it is by traveling that one often comes across some of the most amazing architectural wonders in the world. Here are seven of the world’s top architecture cities to add to the must-visit list.
There is a long list of reasons to visit Athens. Monuments that date back to the ancient Greek civilization, a city long been associated with the beginnings of democracy, theatre, and the delectable Greek cuisine are just some of the many draws that attract travelers to the city. And of course, what would a trip to Athens be without admiring Greek architecture. The city is teeming with temples and columns. Some of the must-sees include the Acropolis, Parthenon, the ruins of the ancient marketplace in Agora, the Panathenaic Stadium, the Temple of Olympian Zeus, and the Temple of Athena Nike.
A visit to Barcelona is not complete without seeing La Sagrada Família – its top architectural attraction. But there is more to the city’s architecture scene than the towering and spectacular Basilica designed by legendary architect Antoni Gaudi. Barcelona’s other architectural treasures include the Casa Amatller, Casa Batlló, Església de Santa Maria del Mar, Hospital de la Santa Creu i de Sant Pau, La Pedrera, Mercat de Santa Caterina, Palau de la Música Catalana, Park Güell , Pavelló Mies van der Rohe, and Torre Agbar.
Ancient Chinese architecture and contemporary Western-inspired structures are among Beijing’s architectural gems. A trip to the Beijing part of the Great Wall of a China is a must to anyone traveling to the city so as not to miss one of the world’s greatest engineering marvels. But beyond the Great Wall are other impressive architecture pieces to see like the Forbidden City, the Nine Great Gates, the Summer Palace, the Temple of Earth, the Temple of Heaven, the Bird’s Nest, CCTV Headquarters, Mei Lanfang National Theatre, National Grand Theatre, and the Water Cube among many others.
What Chicago lacks in ancient structures it more than makes up with its awe-inspiring modern architecture. Points of interest for architecture lovers include the Aqua Tower, Crown Hall, Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio, the Museum of Contemporary Art of Chicago, Robie House, Unity Temple, Willis Tower, and the Wood Pavilion.
Dubai may not be the birthplace of modern skyscraper. But it has made its mark in the category with its massive, tall, and innovative buildings. The city building structures in a fast pace, many of which seem grander than the last. Some of the must-sees are the Burj Al Arab, Burj Khalifa and The World.
The city that straddles Asia and Europe is a treasure trove of stunning architecture. It is home to some of the most impressive structures in the world, many of which are top tourist attractions. Byzantine, Roman, and Ottoman Empire influences abound in the city’s many buildings and landmarks. Some of the architectural attractions you do not want to miss are the Basilica Cistern, the Blue Mosque (Sultan Ahmet Camii), Dolmabahçe Palace, the Hagia Sophia (Aya Sofya), the Hippodrome, the Süleymaniye Mosque, Topkapı Palace (Topkapı Sarayı), and more.
What better place to see the distinct style of Roman architecture but in Italy’s capital Rome. From magnificent and functional amphitheaters to impressive aqueducts, the city has a lot of beautiful architecture to explore. Top sights include the Arch of Septimius Severus, Arena of Nimes, the Aqueduct of Segovia, the Colosseum, Diocletian’s Palace, Library of Celsus, Maison Carrée, Pantheon, Pont du Gard, and the Temple of Baalbek.