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The 50 Most Amazing Buildings In The World

Buildings: you spend most of your time in them unless you belong to a tribe of hunter-gatherers in Papua New Guinea and climb trees for elemental protection. Mankind’s most breathtaking endeavors h

Buildings: you spend most of your time in them unless you belong to a tribe of hunter-gatherers in Papua New Guinea and climb trees for elemental protection.

Mankind’s most breathtaking endeavors have been in architecture. Paintings are pleasant, but they more seek to comment on the human condition than bedazzle their admirers. The gothic cathedral of Cologne in Germany, the mud clay mosque of Djenne in Mali, the Ming dynasty’s forbidden city in Beijing – these imposing structures were all raised to command respect. Never did an oil painting or a sculpture, however masterful yet paltry in comparison, remind man of his individual smallness and how much he can achieve in team.

Religious and imperial buildings are no longer the most important new structures. Resources are given to commercial spaces and palaces of enterprise mark the land. Many of the items on this list are places of business. But just because the impetus of their erection has changed, it does not make these buildings any less worthy of admiration. The art-deco flourishes of the Chrysler Building are just as wastefully ornamental as the gargoyles on Notre Dame, but just as mysterious and charismatic and compelling.

If you are curious, remain attentive, and see here the 50 most impressive buildings in the world.

50 One World Trade Center – New York, New York

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49 Bubble House – Tourettes-Sur-Loup, France

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48 Toilet-Shaped House – Suwon, South Korea

via magazine.seoulselection.com

47 Space House – Signal Mountain, Tennessee

via wikimedia.org

46 Crooked House – Sopot, Poland

via planetofamazing.blogspot.com

45 Arctia Headquarters – Helsinki, Finland

via archdaily.com

44 The Capital – Mumbai, India

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43 Bart Prince House – Albuquerque, New Mexico

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42 Fuel Station + McDonald’s – Batumi, Georgia

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41 Riverside 66 – Tianjin, China

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40 The Piano House – Anhui, China

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39 Lotus Temple – Delhi, India

via indiachinainstitute.org

38 Palais Ideal du Facteur Cheval – Hauterives, France

via facteurcheval.com

37 Ryugyong Hotel – Pyongyang, North Korea

via uniqhotels.com

36 The Kansas City Library – Kansas City, Missouri

via bookriot.com

35 Palace of the Parliament – Bucharest, Romania

via wikipedia.org

34 Turning Torso – Malmö, Sweden

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33 Crazy House – Da Lat, Vietnam

via incrediblestays.wordpress.com

32 Sagrada Familia – Barcelona, Spain

via wikipedia.org

31 Burj Al Arab – Dubai, UAE

via wonderfulengineering.com

30 Institute for Sound and Vision – Hilversum, The Netherlands

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29 The Golden Temple – Amritsar, India

via wikimedia.org

28 National Congress Hall – Brasilia, Brazil

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27 The Guggenheim – Bilbao, Spain

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26 The Chrysler Building – New York City, New York

via wikimedia.org

25 Mont St. Michel – Normandy, France

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24 Brandenburg Technical University – Cottbus, Germany

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23 Nelson-Atkins Museum’s Bloch Building – Kansas City, Missouri

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22 Gresham Palace – Budapest, Hungary

via hotels.com

21 Christian Dior Store – Tokyo, Japan

via cpp-luxury.com

20 Hearst Tower – New York City, New York

via wliw.org

19 Therme Vals – Vals, Switzerland

via wikimedia.org

18 Tiger’s Nest Monastery – Bhutan

via nanatoursandtreks.com

17 Great Mosque – Djenne, Mali

via wikipedia.org

16 Catherine Palace – St. Petersburg, Russia

via wikipedia.org

15 Wat Rong Khun – Chiang Rai, Thailand

via wikipedia.org

14 30 St. Mary Axe – London

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13 Petronas Towers – Kuala Lumpur

via wallpaperscraft.com

12 Taipei 101 – Taipei, Taiwan

via meeting.ipmb.sinica.edu.tw

11 Burj Khalifa – Dubai, UAE

via edubeanz.com

10 Kingdom Tower – Jeddah Saudi Arabia

via architizer.com

9 The Palace of Versailles – Versailles, France

via conorbyrnex.blogspot.com

8 Museum of Islamic Art – Doha, Qatar

via wikipedia.org

7 Hearst Castle – San Simeon, California

via madelinescambria.com

6 Antilia – Mumbai, India

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5 Lloyd’s Building – London, England

via standard.co.uk

4 Hagia Sophia – Istanbul, Turkey

via huffingtonpost.com

3 The Cologne Cathedral – Cologne, Germany

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2 Crystal Cathedral – Garden Grove, California

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1 Cathedral of our Lady of Aparecida – Aparecida, Brazil

via youtube.com

Brazil is the largest center of Marian pilgrimage in the world. It also, for that matter, the world’s largest Catholic country. This church, built between 1946 and 1980 receives 10 million visitors per year. It fits between 45 and 70 thousands believers, spread out as it is over 12,000 square meters.

 

Sources: buzzfeed.com, travelandleisure.com, creativebloq.com, edmontonjournal.com

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