11 Architectural Masterpieces You Need To See At Least Once In Your Lifetime

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Around the world there are certain buildings, bridges and even entire cities that are architectural masterpieces you should add to your travel bucket list. The following 11 splendid destinations offer a world of architectural wonders to admire and seek inspiration from.

1. Nasir al Molk Mosque, Shiraz, Iran

Construction on the gorgeous Nasir al Molk Mosque began in 1876 and was completed in 1888. Not only does it include impeccable architectural detailing, but it also offers a rainbow of bright colors thanks to the stained-glass windows and painted geometric tiles that cover the expansive interior walls.

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2. Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, USA

The Golden Gate Bridge is a true icon in popular culture, seen in countless movies and television shows. Built in 1933, the massive mile-wide bridge that stretches three-miles long is simply spectacular to see first-hand.

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3. Parliament Building, Budapest, Hungary

The Hungarian Parliament Building is one of Europe’s oldest legislative buildings, and a well-known landmark in Hungary. It is Hungary’s largest building and the tallest building in Budapest.

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4. Vasco da Gama Bridge, Lisbon, Portugal

Known as the longest bridge in Europe, the Vasco da Gama stretches 10 miles over the River Tagus, and offers 6 separate lanes for travelers. Designed by Armando Rito, the bridge first opened to the public in 1998 around 3 years after construction originally began in 1995. The opening was just in time for the celebration of the 500th anniversary of Vasco da Gama’s discovery of the sea route connecting Europe to India.

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5. Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, Abu Dhabi, UAE

Known as the largest mosque in the United Arab Emirates, the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque includes exquisite architecture. Construction began in 1996 and spanned all the way until 2007. This is the key gathering location for Friday gathering and Eid prayers, during Eid it is visited by as many as 40,000 people.

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6. Santorini, (Hellas), Greece

Santorini is one of the most beautiful destinations to explore Cycladic architecture; or rather white painted villages posed high on top of the red-colored cliffs.

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7. New York City Architecture, USA

The entire city of New York is brimming with architectural masterpieces. Some of the best architecture NYC has to offer includes the Statue of Liberty, One Wall Street, Trump Building, The Little Singer Building, Central Park, Rockefeller Center, Jefferson Market Library, Barclay-Vesey Building, Trinity Church and so many more!

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8. Pont Alexandre III, Paris, France

The Pont Alexandre III spans the Seine in Paris, connecting the Champs-Élysées quarter to the Invalides and Eiffel Tower. The deck arch bridge is considered the most ornate and extravagant bridge in the entire city.

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9. Los Angeles City Architecture, USA

The city of Los Angeles is bustling with celebrities and architectural masterpieces. Some of the top architectural sights to see include the Theme Building at LAX, Walt Disney Concert Hall, Richard Meier’s Getty Center, Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, Capitol Records Building, Pacific Design Center, Bradbury Building, the Gamble House, Hollyhock House, and so many more.

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10. Dubai Architecture, UAE

Dubai has undergone mass amounts of construction over the last couple decades. It is said that Dubai currently has 15-25% of the world’s cranes. When finished, the Dubai Waterfront will be the largest waterfront development in the entire world. The Palm Islands are another treasure to check out, as they are the largest man made islands in the world and you can even see them from space.

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11. Wat Rong Khun or White Temple, Thailand

Construction began in 1997 and extended over a decade in order to make the White Temple in Thailand just right. Visual artist and designer Chalermchai Kositpipat is responsible for the masterpiece, which currently serves as a Buddhist temple and a popular place for locals and tourists to visit.

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