There is an abundance of beauty out there in the world; both natural and man-made.  From awe-inspiring contemporary works of modern art to archaic ancient architectures, there is so much to see. If you set out to explore the world, you will see so many great buildings and monuments of human creation leaving a person in complete awe of the human creativity and artistic capacity, as well as wondering how these monuments came into being.

From ancient structures to modern architectural visit these places and be left in awe by the construction and aesthetics they present. Some famous for their modest and minimalist simplicity, others are known for their futuristic intricacies –  here is a list of few of the amazing buildings that are bound to leave you in admiration of the past as well as imagining the things yet to see.

  1. Hagia Sophia, Istanbul, Turkey

Hagia Sophia, meaning “Holy Wisdom”, was originally a church which was then converted to a mosque and now it stands as a museum. Truly a proof of human artisanship of those times, this behemoth of a structure remained the world’s largest cathedral for nearly a thousand years.

2. Pantheon, Rome

Built in dedication to all pagan gods, Pantheon in Rome is truly a wonderful sight. One of the most preserved ancient buildings it still stands high even after all these years. Its circular domed architecture will surely induce feelings of awe and wonder in you as it is one of the biggest brick domes in history.

3. Taj Mahal, India

One of the 7 wonders of the world, Taj Mahal stands at great height with full marble walls. Adored as a symbol of love, the history behind the monument is just as beautiful as the building itself. A truly remarkable architecture of its time, Taj Mahal is a must see building in today’s times.

4. Sistine Chapel, Rome

Sistine Chapel – the building painted on by Michelangelo himself. Boasting the amazing and unique work of the renaissance period Sistine Chapel in Rome is one of a kind. Its greatness isn’t apparent until one stands there and sees the piece of art stretched in front of eyes. This building and its unmatched beauty the will surely transport you to lands of wonder.

5. Burj Khalifa, Dubai

Many are familiar with this impressive luxury hotel. The sail-shaped Burj Al Arab, located in Dubai, sits imposingly on an artificial island surrounded by water. Burj Khalifa spans an amazing 830 meters high; a height that would induce a momentary sense of wonder in anyone. Holding the claim for the tallest building in the world, Burj Khalifa is a sight to see, and a luxury to stay in.

  1. Baalbek, Lebanon

Having awe-inspiring temples, courtyards and impressive stone stairways; Baalbek in Lebanon is one of the most preserved ancient wonders of the modern world. Known as Heliopolis, “The City of the Sun”, this remarkable site allows the onlooker a window into the glorious past and history of the world.

How many of these amazing buildings have you visited? Are they truly as remarkable and awe-inspiring as they seem?


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Isabel is a travel enthusiast who loves to experience all the pleasures and sights of the world. She has been to many countries and loves to write about her experience. If she isn’t travelling, she’s calling her family back home and enjoys having some down time relaxing in the sun.


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