Our world boasts not only natural beauty, but also architectural beauty. Today, there are a huge number of incredible architectural structures around the world, striking attention with their grandiosity. And each is a masterpiece in its own way. Architectural works reflect the culture and way of life of the peoples living in this territory, show the genius of the architect. After all, looking at them, you come to understand that some architects are geniuses, artists who create their next masterpiece. And everyone should know about 10 such masterpieces from all over the world right now.
- Golden Temple-Harmandir Sahib (Amritsar, India)
This wonder of the world is located in a small provincial town called Amritsar. He is very lively and, meanwhile, very detached. The city is based on a sacred lake, in the center of which is built a Golden Temple-a shrine of the Sikhs. The lake in ancient times was a place for meditation of sages and askers. The name-the Golden Temple was not given by chance. Its roof is covered with slabs, which, in turn, are gilded. A marble bridge leads to the temple, symbolizing the path of the soul after leaving the body. Beautiful ornaments and inlays of precious stones adorn the walls of this building. Anyone can visit this miracle, regardless of religion.
- Sagrada Familia (Barcelona, Spain)
This grandiose temple is the epitome of all of Spain. In addition, this attraction has the highest tourist traffic in this country (more than 3 million tourists a year). The crypt of the church and the facade of the Nativity were included in the UNESCO World Heritage List in the section “Works of Anton Gaudi”in 2005. It is striking that the temple is being built to this day, since 1882. After much debate, the construction of the temple was entrusted to Gaudi, who, by the way, lived on its territory and devoted his whole life to this. In this structure, he fully reflected the power of his faith. The structure of the temple is a mixture of geometric shapes. Natural forms were taken as a basis.
- Ferrari World Amusement Park (Yas Island, Abu Dhabi)
The amusement park, located in Abu Dhabi, looks very unusual from the outside. This is why it attracts tourists in the first place. Inside, this structure is no less interesting. The main element of the structure is a giant glass tunnel, in which there are many attractions. The Formula 1 simulator is very popular. For fans of extreme sports, there is a “G-Force” – the attraction is a capsule that shoots out of the roof to a height of 62 meters. The fastest roller coaster in the world “Formula Rossa” is the “pearl” of the park. Their maximum speed is 240 km/h. Also, in addition to attractions, the park can offer a huge number of services and entertainment. Thanks to the Italian chefs, the visitor will definitely not remain hungry.
- Taj Mahal (Agra, India)
One of the seven New wonders of the world is the Taj Mahal. On the instructions of Shah Jahan, it was built in the XVII century, in honor of the wife of Mumtaz Mahal. In translation, Taj Mahal means “The Greatest Palace”. The structure has five domes and four minarets at the corners. Also, due to the peculiarities of the material, the mosque can change color. The mosque is silvery at night, white during the day,and pink at dawn. For 12 years, this palace was built. For this purpose, 20 thousand craftsmen and ordinary workers from all over the empire were invited. In front of the palace there is a three-hundred-meter garden with marble fountains. But first of all, the attention is drawn to the large white dome, laid out, like the walls, of marble. Every year, the Taj Mahal attracts more and more tourists. Today, tens of thousands of tourists visit this object in just one day.
- White Temple (Chiang Rai, Thailand)
This incredible temple is located in the north of Thailand. It attracts a very large number of tourists, many of whom go only for the sake of this structure. The temple and its idea as a whole belong to Chalermchai Kositpipat. This is the realization of his dream. The White Temple is located on a very beautiful territory, where there is a pond with fish, fountains and sculptures of unusual creatures. In addition to the temple, there are 2 other buildings on the territory: the golden structure and the art gallery. The owners plan to build 6 more buildings. There are souvenir shops and cafes on the site. Much attention should be paid to the fact that there is not a single similar structure in the world.
- Burj Khalifa (Dubai, UAE)
The Burj Khalifa is the tallest building on the planet, located in Dubai. The height of the building is 828 meters. Externally, the structure looks like a stalagmite. The structure was planned at the development stage as the highest building on the planet, while its height was concealed. The Burj Khalifa is a “city within a city”. It is so huge that inside it contains several offices, apartments, hotels, shopping centers, gyms, swimming pools, as well as Jacuzzis and viewing platforms. Here is the highest restaurant in the world “Atmosphere”. Burj Khalifa has its own ecosystem. Near the skyscraper there is a musical fountain, the height of the jets of which reaches up to 150 meters.
- Tiger’s Nest Monastery (Bhutan)
The Tiger’s Nest Buddhist Monastery is located in Bhutan. The Tiger’s nest simply impresses with its beauty and privacy. The monastery is very popular with tourists. But not everyone gets there, because the construction is difficult and long road. And this is one of the few Buddhist monasteries that is completely open to tourists. The Tiger’s Nest was founded in 1692, but, unfortunately, it was almost completely destroyed by a fire in 1998 and was restored only in 2005. The legend says that once the great Guru was brought to the mountainside on the back of a tigress. Guru Rinpoche spent several months meditating in the cave, and after that all the evil entities left, and this place became sacred.
- Shwedagon Pagoda (Yangon, Myanmar)
Bapus and Balik, as the legend says, brought from India 8 oxen from the Buddha himself. The place for the construction of the pagoda was chosen by the god of heaven himself – Sakka. So there was this unique building. Externally, the structure is an “inverted glass” of gold color. The pagoda contains many tiers, which decrease as the height increases. The stupa is divided into eight parts, symbolizing the eight days of the week (Wednesday is divided into 2 parts) and 8 luminaries. Around the base are many smaller pagodas, sphinxes, and lions. At the slightest breeze, the small bells located on the spire ring.
- Lotus Temple (New Delhi, India)
Not far from the Indian capital New Delhi stands the legendary Lotus Temple. On its territory there was previously a small settlement of Baha Pur, which translates as “The Dwelling of Baha”. Shah Akbar dreamed of using this temple to unite all peoples under the auspices of a single faith. This temple was built by the architect Fariborz Sahba. In terms of importance, it is ranked seventh in the Baha’i religion. The building is open to all visitors, regardless of their faith. There are volunteers working in the church, who have a lot of responsibilities. From the outside, the structure looks like an unopened lotus flower. Inside is a huge hall. The structure has a very unusual natural ventilation system.
- Cathedral of the Resurrection of Christ (Saint Petersburg, Russia)
The cathedral is located in St. Petersburg. It was founded on the site of the fatal wound of Emperor Alexander II in 1881 on the orders of his son — Alexander III. Hence the name-Spas-on-Blood. The money was collected in all Slavic countries and Russian provinces. This explains the presence on the walls of the bell tower of the coats of arms of various provinces. On the cross of the bell tower there is a royal crown as a sign of gratitude. The temple is surrounded by a cast-iron fence with a beautiful pattern. Since 1997, the temple has been operating as a museum, inviting visitors to see a huge number of icons that occupy more than 7 thousand square meters.