When we travel to various places, whether they be near or far, we can often be found looking up at the stunning buildings around us. Architecture, past and present is everywhere, and it will fill you with intrigue. From famous spots such as the Leaning Tower of Pisa, Taj Mahal, and the Eiffel Tower, beauty can even be found in the small local coffee shop. It has been written that there are 120 breathtaking buildings around the world that one just has to see, that famous architect Frank Lloyd Wright describes as ‘the mother art’. Let’s take a look at some of the best.
Dating back to 400BC-106AD, Petra is now known across the world thanks to the movie, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, but the area has much more to offer than what most people know. Steeped in history and rich colors, the ancient city was hand-carved into rock and it is the kilometer-long sandstone Siq, that is most famous. Leading directly to Al Khazeh, the canyon is just a small part of what you can see here. Be sure to check out the many different temples and tombs as well.
Monastery of Geghard, Armenia
Built between the 4th and 13th centuries, the church offers medieval architecture in the Upper Azat Valley of Armenia. It was back in the 4th century that the monastery began when it was just a small cave chapel. Due to its amazing location and the cliffs surrounding the chapel, the place quickly became a cultural base. The Geghard name comes from a biblical story in which Christ was wounded by a spear.
Hagia Sophia, Istanbul, Turkey
It was back in 537AD that the Hagia Sophia was first built. Istanbul’s skyline is home to one of the most significant buildings in the world due to it’s history. Although it is now a museum, the structure was once the hub of the Byzantine empire as well as once an Ottoman mosque. Its dome provides an insight into the monotheistic era all the way through to the Roman era. The famous line, “Solomon, I have outdone thee” originates from the completion of this building.