Along with different engineering and architectural designs, some of the world’s famous architectures have made it to the list. Whether it’s a landmark or a country’s national attraction, there is no doubt that people are caught in awe upon visiting these architectural sites, that shows genuine characteristic of rich culture and history.
Taj Mahal, Agra, India
The Taj Mahal, is an ivory-white marble mausoleum, on the south-bank of Yamuna river in the Indian city of Agra. It was commissioned in 1632 by the Mughal Emperor, Shah Janan, to house the tomb of his favorite wife, Mumtaz Mahal. The tomb is the centerpiece of a complex, nearly 17 hectares in area. Taj Mahal, includes a mosque and a guest house, and is set in formal gardens bounded on three sides by a crenellated wall. UNESCo designated The Taj Mahal as a World Heritage Site in 1983, as “The jewel of Muslim art in India, and one of the universally admired masterpieces of the world heritage.” Described as Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore as “The teardrop on the cheek of time.” It is regarded by many as the best example of Mughal Architecture and a symbol of India’s rich history. The Taj Mahal attracts 7-8millions visitors per year and was declared a winner of the New 7 Wonders of the World in 2007.
Fort Bourtange, Netherlands
Fort Bourtange is a star fort in the village of Bourtange, Groningen, Netherlands. It was built in 1953 and by then; its only purpose was to control the only road to Germany and the city of Groningen, which was controlled by Spaniards; during the Eighty years’ war. By the time it serves its final battle in 1672, the Fort continues to serve in the defensive network on the German border, until it was given up in 1851 and was converted into a village. Fort Bourtange, currently serves as a historical museum.
Church of the Savior on Blood, Russia
Construction began during the reign of Alexander III in 1883. It was dedicated to be a memorial to his father, Alexander II. Estimates suggest that the whole construction cost 4.5million rubles. Funding was provided by the Imperial family, with the support of other private donors. The construction was completed during the reign of Nicholas II in 1907. The Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood is one of the main sights of St. Petersburg, Russia. Other names includes: The Church on spilled blood, The Temple of the savior on spilled blood, and the Cathedral of the resurrection of Christ. This church was build on the site where Emperor Alexander II was fatally wounded in March 1881.
Lotus Temple, New Delhi
The Lotus Temple, is a Baha’i House of Worship, completed in the year 1986. Notable for its flowerlike shape, it serves as a mother temple of the Indian subcontinent and has become a prominent attraction of the city. The Lotus Temple has won numerous architectural awards, and has been featured in hundreds of newspaper and magazine articles. The Lotus Temple is open to all, regardless of religion or any other qualification. The building is composed of 27 free-standing marble-clad petals, arranged in clusters of three to form nine sides, with nine doors opening onto a central hall, with height of slightly 40 meters and a capacity of 2,500 visitors. It was referred to as the most visited building in the world.
The Basilica i Temple Expiatori de la Sagrada Familia, is a large Roman Catholic church in Barcelona. Designed by the Spanish architect Antoni Gaudi. Although incomplete, the Sagrada Familia is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and in November 2010, Pope Benedict XVI consecrated and proclaimed it as a minor basilica, which must be the seat of the bishop. Construction of the Sagrada Familia commenced in the year 1882, as Gaudi became involved in 1883 taking over the project and transforming it with his architectural design and engineering style. The combination of gothic and curvilinear art nouveau forms. Gaudi devoted his last years to the project, but even so; the church was still not complete (less than a quarter) even in Gaudi’s death in 1926.
As far outstanding world architecture is concerned, there is more to the list. This is just our own picks and favorites, you can travel and visit them so you can see and experience its beauty and the wonderful history hidden beneath their solid foundations and walls. With detailed designs, and immeasurable gorgeousness; it is impossible for anyone not to be amazed by the features of these amazing infrastructures.