It used to be that history impacted the modern eye through beautiful ancient structures that stand tall and were considered the most picturesque. Now, travelers experience a glimpse of historical and modern buildings while meandering urban streets. Modern-day architecture is giving history a run for its money, as these contemporary million dollar structures stun the eye. Whether old or new, these are the most beautiful buildings in the world.
The Crooked House
Though it looks like some sort of painting by a drunk painter. But this is a real house located in Rezydent Shopping Center in Sopot, Poland. It is claimed to be the most photographed building in Poland. It is spread to an area of 4,000 square meters.
The Taj Mahal, Agra, India
No list is complete without the Taj Mahal. The white-marble mausoleum looks like a painting in real-life. Constructed between 1631 through 1648, the Taj is the jewel of Muslim art in India and universally admired architect lovers. One must see to believe and appreciate the tiny details, calligraphy, marble design and motifs.
Ferdinand Cheval Palace (France)
Cheval began the building in April 1879. He claimed that he had tripped on a stone and was inspired by its shape. He returned to the same spot the next day and started collecting stones.
For the next 33 years, during his daily mail route, Cheval carried stones from his delivery rounds and at home used them to build his Palais idéal, the Ideal Palace. First he carried the stones in his pockets, then a basket and eventually a wheelbarrow. He often worked at night, by the light of an oil lamp.
Perched high above the holy city of Lhasa is the former seat of the Tibetan government and the winter residence of the Dalai Lama. More notable now for its imposing presence than its residents, this huge construction is 13 storeys high, contains thousands of rooms, and is styled like a traditional Buddhist gompa (temple), if significantly more elaborate. More than 7,000 workers were said to have been involved in its construction during the 7th century AD. The palace is now a state museum of China, and has been given a place on the Unesco World Heritage list.
The Institute for Sound and Vision, Hilversum, Netherlands
This building is more than a visual pleasure; it is an awe-inspiring conglomerate of colors that lights up the night sky. The four-sided mural is Dutch television images baked into cast glass. From the inside out, this structure attracts starring eyes.
Sagrada Familia, Spain
Surely the most extraordinary church on the planet, from the mind of one of history’s most eccentric designers: Antoni Gaudi. With its tapering towers like the straightened arms of an octopus, construction of Sagrada Familia began in 1882, though Gaudi’s vision was so complex that the church is still unfinished. It will ultimately feature three facades and 18 towers, the tallest of them (170 m) representing Jesus Christ. Plans are to have the Barcelona icon completed in 2026, the 100th anniversary of Gaudi’s death, although it will almost be a shame now to see it finished.
Harmandir Sahib (The Golden Temple), Amritsar, India
This “Temple of God,” was destroyed and reconstructed several times prior to the final 1700’s version. The Golden Temple is a fusion between Hindu and Muslim architecture and reflections glisten into the surrounding waters. This is the most sacred Sikh shrine, and even the Buddha came here to meditate.