Iconic Buildings Around the World | Famous Buildings

Iconic Buildings Around The World – Landmarks Of Our Civilization

If you’re into architecture or if you like to visit new places you probably have a list of things that you want to see in your lifetime. There are probably a few iconic buildings in there somewhere as well. There are a lot of great attractions in the world and a lot of buildings worth seeing in real life, each with its own story and its own unique particularities.
Without further ado, here are Most of the world’s most iconic buildings..

Houses of Parliament | Big Ben - London UK
The Palace of Westminster or, as it is commonly known, the Houses of Parliament, is an iconic building situated on the north bank of the river Thames. It’s not the first palace to be built on this site. The first one was built in the 11th century and served as the primary residence of the Kings of England until 1512 when fire destroyed a big portion of it. It then became the home of the Parliament of England but in 1834 another fire destroyed almost the entire thing. The palace was reconstructed by architect Charles Barry who chose a Gothic Revival style. Now, the new Palace of Westminster is a huge 112.476 square meter structure with over 1,100 rooms organized symmetrically around two sets of courtyards.

Tower of Pisa - The Leaning Tower - Italy
The Leaning Tower of Pisa is another famous landmark and tourist attraction for people all over the world. Its construction occurred in three stages over a period of 199 years. The tilt began during the 12th century as a result of the inadequate foundation. The ground was simply too soft on one side and couldn’t properly support the structure’s weight. The tilt became more prominent in the period prior to the completion of the tower in the 14th century. It increased even more after that until the structure was stabilized in the late 20th century and early 21st century. That’s when the tilt was also partially corrected.

The Eiffel Tower - Paris France
This is one of those landmarks that everyone knows about, no matter where a person might be from. It’s one of the most visited monuments in the world, with millions of people coming to see it every year. The tower was named after Gustave Eiffel, the engineer who designed and built it between 1997 – 1889. It measures 324 meters in height being as tall as an 80-storey building. Visitors have access to three levels, two of them including restaurants. The top floor features a platform that sits 276 meters above ground which makes it the highest observation deck accessible to the public in the EU.

Colosseum Rome Italy
Who hasn’t heard about the Colosseum…it’s such an iconic building that people from all over the world come to see it every year and name as one of the places everyone should visit before they die. The Colosseum even made its way onto the Italian version of the 5 cent euro coin. The construction of this ancient structure began in the year 72 AD under the emperor Vespasian and was completed in AD 80 under Titus. Later on a series of modifications were made during the reign of Domitian. Initially, this huge amphitheater was used for public events, gladiatorial contests and later from activities such as re-ecactments of famous and even . Right now we can only see part of the structure as a lot of it has been damaged by earthquakes over the years but, even so, it remains an iconic world attraction.

Sydney Opera House - Sydney Australia
The Sydney Opera House is perhaps the most iconic building in Australia. It was designed by architect Jørn Utzon and it opened in October 1973. The structure is most famous for its modern expressionist design, featuring a series of large precast concrete shells which give it a futuristic and very artistic look. In total, the structure covers an area of 1.8 hectares (4.4 acres) of land and is supported on 588 concrete piers. It serves as a multi-venue performing arts centre and it attracts more than a million visitors every year.

St. Basil’s Cathedral - Moscow Russia
The official name of the Cathedral of Vasily the is actually the Cathedral of the Intercession of the Most Theotokos on the Moat. This iconic building which has no parallel in Russian architecture is located in Red Square in Moscow and is designed to look like a frame rising into the sky. It was built between 1555 and 1561 and has been functioning as a museum since 1928 when it was confiscated from the Russian Orthodox community as part of the state project.

Acropolis of Athens - Greece - Parthenon
The Acropolis of Athens is not a single iconic building but actually a collection of several. It’s an ancient citadel which contains the remains of several structures, the most famous one of all being the Parthenon. This is a place of great architectural and historic significance. In 1975 a restoration project began, the goal of which was to reverse the effects of all the decay caused by pollution, actions as well as faulty past restorations.
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