Exploring a different country’s architecture is one of my favourite things to do on my travels.
Architecture tells the story of a place. It portrays history and paints a picture of how people live now and in the past. Seeing the architecture of different communities is part of the cultural experience, just like trying the food and meeting the people. Ancient architectural structures often served the dual purposes of consolidation of power and security while serving as places for pleasing the Gods.
Architecture has evolved as an expression of art.
Public buildings throughout history have been designed for both form and function. A reflection of unique times in history. Interiors and exteriors of many buildings were developed to display the art of different eras.
For me, wandering the streets of different places is a journey to discover the architecture and art history of different cultures. Architecture inspires my travels. If architecture inspires you, here’s some iconic buildings to get your wanderlust juices flowing.
10 Iconic Buildings to inspire your travels
Sydney Opera House Australia
Opened in 1973, the Sydney Opera House is one of the 20th Century’s most iconic buildings.
The Dancing House Prague Czech Republic
Completed in 1996 and previously known as Fred and Ginger, the Dancing House’s architecture stands out in a city of Baroque, Gothic and Art Nouveau architecture.
The Forbidden City Beijing China
Built in the 15th Century as a palace for the Ming Dynasty, the Forbidden City was declared an UNESCO World Heritage site in 1987.
Château Frontenac Quebec Canada
Château Frontenac is situated in old Quebec. Opened in 1893, the Château operates as a hotel and is listed as one of Canada’s National Historical sites.
Great Sphinx of Giza Egypt
The Great Sphinx of Giza is one of the world’s oldest monuments and statues. A bucket list destination for ancient history buffs.
The Flatiron Building New York
The Flatiron Building is a 22 story triangular building in Manhattan New York. It’s one of the world’s most iconic skyscrapers and stands as a symbol of New York architecture.
Petronas Towers Kuala Lumpur Malaysia
Completed in 1996, the Petronas Towers are the tallest twin towers in the world.
Hagia Sophia Istanbul Turkey
Built in 537AD, the Hagia Sophia in Istanbul was once a Greek Orthodox Church. A museum today, it is considered the epitome of Byzantine architecture and was the world’s largest building of its time. In person, it is awe inspiring.
Casa Mila Barcelona Spain
The last private residence designed by Antoni Gaudi, the Casa Mila is also known as the stone quarry. In 1984, it was designated a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Angkor Wat Cambodia
Angkor Wat is a temple complex in Cambodia and considered the largest religious monument in the world. It has become the symbol of Cambodia and an example of Khmer architecture. It features on the flag of Cambodia.
The world is filled with amazing places to go. Perhaps you’ll plan a trip based on seeing and experiencing the architecture of a place. Or organise yourself an architectural travel tour. Exploring the architecture of a city, town or village is one of my favourite things to do.
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