The art of architecture started developing when man realized the need for shelter. The art of building has conjured many beautiful and astonishing features and monuments that have perfected art and science. Each of the historic periods is marked by one or more. For instance, Beijing national stadium also known as the bird’s nest is a phenomenal stadium that was built in 2018 during the summer Olympic games. Each of the historic period is marked by one or more world famous architectural achievements which is exceptional because of their engineering, materials or ornaments. As much as the religious or secular purpose do not serve their impact value as they stand out as epitomes of human intellect and spirit.
I look towards many sources for design inspiration. Architecture is an amazing source not only for me, but anyone involved in creating. Even web designers and software developers look towards architecture because within it lies principles that govern good design. For example I have a friend who moved into mobile app development. Oddly he usually works for startups related to the adult dating/hookup world. He shared with me that when designing the interface for the hookup app fuckbook he drew inspiration from modern architecture. Imagine the app you are using to find casual dates was inspired by a building. This just goes to show that in the world of design inspiration can be utilized almost anywhere.
Today, everything seems possible in architecture as buildings made of glass, huge bridges as well as other wonders of contemporary architecture keep rising throughout the world. Below is a list of top monumental around the world.
Eiffel Tower – Paris, France
It was constructed back in 1989 and the Eiffel Tower is one of the most famous structures around the world. It is named after the engineer Gustave Eiffel and it was built as an entrance arch of the World Expo of 1889. Today the tower stands at 324v meters high and can be approximated to 81 story building. Today the tower attracts millions of visitors every year.
Burj al Arab – Dubai
Built on the artificial island 280meters away from the coast, it is the fourth tallest and the most luxurious hotels in the world. It stands at 321 meters high and represents one of the many wonders of contemporary engineering. The building is designed by Tom Wright and its shape emulates the shape of the sail of a ship.
Parthenon – Athens, Greece
The most famous and best-preserved temple of ancient Greece had a lot of influence on the architecture, art and the aesthetics of western world. It was built in the 5th century BC and is dedicated to the goddess Athena Parthenos who is the patron of Athens. Its sculptures, friezes and ornaments are considered the finest examples of classical Greek.
Sagrada Familia – Barcelona, Spain
One of the most elaborate churches in history with a construction that has taken the most of the 20th century. It is designed by one of the greatest minds of modern architecture, Antonio Gaudi. The cathedral represents the fantastic fusion of gothic influences and singular art nouveau ideas. The construction of the church started back in 1882 and continued through the world war II when it finally stopped. Although the church has been consecrated in 2010, its completion is meant is planned for 2026. As much as the building is unfinished it is filled with myriads of ornaments adorning its constructive elements making it one of the most recognizable symbols of the city.
Angkor Wat – Cambodia
At Angkor is the most mysterious temple and the largest religious complex in the world. It was built back in the 12th century by the Khmer King Suryavarman who intended to be the state temple and then the mausoleum. After the Hinduist traditions, was abandoned Angkor was dedicated to the Buddhist deity Vishnu. The complex is a symbol of Cambodia and it found it place on the Cambodia national flag. Vast and impressive this brilliant example captivates its beauty and its strong traditional culture.
Saint Peter’s Basilica – Vatican, Rome, Italy
Being the most famous catholic church in the world it was designed by Donato Bramante, Michelangelo, Carlo Maderno and Gianlorenzo Bernini respectively with smaller additions by other prominent architects.
Sydney Opera House
One of the most popular opera houses in the world due to its building. It was designed by Spanish architecture Jorn Utzon who is celebrated for the ground breaking of modern Sydney.it was opened in 1973 staging the largest theoretical productions.
The ancient Roman amphitheater is considered one of the greatest achievements of Roman architecture.it was constructed in 10-80 AD and is one of the first buildings in history where concrete was used in the construction.
Tower bridge London
The symbol of London and pearl of the 19th century architecture, tower bridge was built as a combination of bascule bridge and suspension bridge in 1886-1894.
Hagia Sophia Istanbul
The monumental church then mosque and present-day museum. It’s a singular testimony to the grandeur and the genius of Byzantine architecture.it was built in the 6th century AD, during the reign of Emperor Justinian.
Moscow Kremlin is a large and fortified complex that is set in the bosom of Moscow.it was built in the 15th century and the fortress spans for over 28 hectares of land with its very impressive red walls, towers and buildings.
Empire State Building
One of the most phenomenal tourist attraction sites in the world is the Empire State Building. It is the symbol of the city and the pioneering skyscraper with its 103 stories. The 381-meter-high structure was designed by William and completed in 1931. Becoming one of the first skyline creators of the Big Apple.
Petronas Towers Kuala Lumpur
The twin towers were once the tallest building in the world and is still one of the tallest buildings in the world. The complex and super modern design initiated the construction of the post-modern Kuala Lumpur.
Leaning Tower Pisa
The campanile of the cathedral Pisa, Tuscany is the most famous for its leaning position. Its construction started in the 12th century and was completed in the 14th century. It is the iconic building of the late Italian Romanesque style.
Mughal emperor shah Jahan was built as the most fantastic and most beautiful monument to love for his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal. The entire building is covered in white marble depicting architecturally the ideal vision of heaven. It was constructed in the 17th century and it is located in Agra in the Indian region Uttar Pradesh.
Guggenheim Museum Bilbao
The icon building is a fantastic creation that is covered in shiny sheets of metal that transfers the visitor into another dimension. The museum was inaugurated back in 1997.