You must be happy to enjoy a beautiful scenery like lush green land, snow that blanketed the mountains, the flowers bloom and refreshing calm water river. From the skyscrapers of New York to artificial islands Palm Dubai, from Tokyo to Alaska, there are a number of structures and buildings based on fabrications. Of those, Wonderlist summarizes the 10 most iconic buildings in the world.
Ka’bah is one of the most sacred Muslim pilgrimage destination in the world. This cube-shaped structure is located amid the holiest Muslim mosque, Masjid al-Haram in Mecca, Saudi Arabia. This structure became the qibla, the direction Muslims all over the world while performing prayers.
The buildings are identical with black, is made of granite has a height of 13.1 meters with sides measuring 11.03 and 12.86 meters. Inside the Kaaba, the floor is made of marble and limestone.
Taj Mahal is an architectural marvel made of white marble. Situated on the banks of river Yamuna in Agra, India, the building was constructed by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal. Chaired by architect Ustad Ahmad Lahauri, it took about 22 thousand 17 years old men to build the Taj Mahal.
It became a work of Persian and Mughal architecture. This building has a distinctive through its color. The change from pink hue in the morning, milky white in the evening and golden at night when illuminated moon called mood swings resemble to Shah Jahan. About eight million tourists visit the Taj Mahal every year. The building was designated as UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1983.
829.8 meter skyscraper in Dubai is the tallest structure in the world and one of the most iconic buildings in the world. The building was designed by Adrian Smith and the construction began in 2004 until 2009. The tower design is inspired by the shape of Hymenocalliis flowers.
Burj Khalifa was launched in 2010 as part of the Dubai Downtown project. There are hotels, residences and laboratory observation in the building with 163 floors. In addition to being the world’s tallest building, the building also received the title of the highest outdoor observation deck in the world, lift with the longest travel distance in the world, the world’s highest elevator service, and more.
Shard with 309.6 meters tall and 95 floors make it as a skyscraper in London, England. Shard construction began in 2009 and was completed in 2012. The Shard was inaugurated by Qatari Prime Minister Hamad bin Jaber then Al Thani.
Cathedral of Brasilia
Cathedral of Brasilia is a masterpiece of modern religious art in Brasilia, Brazil. It is a Roman Catholic cathedral designed by Oscar Niemeyer. Construction began on 15 September 1958 and was completed on 21 April 1960.
After several delays, the cathedral was officially opened on May 31, 1970 by Cardinal D. Eugenio Salles. The building was declared as a national historic monument and artistic on July 15, 1990.
Casa Mila known as La Pedrera designed by Antoni Gaudi for a wealthy couple Roser Segimon and Pere Mila in Barcelona, Spain. It took six years to build the structure from 1906 to 1912. The building was criticized for its bold design and modernistic when made.
The building is made entirely with natural stone and do not have a straight line. Currently, the building became the headquarters of Fundacio Catalunya-La Pedrera and cultural center for a number of activities. La Pedrera declared as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1984.
Notre Dame de Paris
Notre Dame de Paris or Paris Our lady is Catholic cathedral. Majestic monuments with 130 meters long, 48 meters wide and 35 meters height was built in 1163. The damage makes the building has undergone a lot of recovery. The final form of which we now see is like that seen in 1345.
This is the most iconic buildings in Paris and no doubt, one of the most iconic buildings in the world. This cathedral is one of the first buildings in the world that uses the angle to fly and is regarded as one of the best examples of French Gothic construction.
Empire State Building
Standing 1,250 feet tall, the Empire State Building is a 102 story buildings that adorn the Manhattan skyline. It took one year 45 days to complete the buildings designed by William F. Lamb’s.
Actually, the building has 103 floors that can be accessed from 102nd floor. But it requires special permission from the building management to visit the top floor of this building. Empire State Building received a rating of Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) gold in September 2011 and is the highest rating in the LEED-certified building of the United States.
Built in 1889, this tower is the result of two engineers Maurica Koechlin and Emile Nouguier to the entrance to the World’s Fair 1889. The tower was named Eiffel inspired by Gustave Eiffel, whose company designed and build the tower. He also engineer and architect behind the construction of this iconic tower.
Iron lattice tower 324 meters high and weighing 10,100 tones are the most visited monuments in the world with more than seven million people come each year. It took two years and two months and five days to complete the construction.
Originally intended to stand only for 20 years since its construction, but soon became the most iconic monument in world.
Sydney Opera House
Declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2007, the Opera House is one of the world’s most iconic buildings. Standing tall height of 185 meters with a width of 120 meters, the building was designed by Danish architect Jorn Utzon after beating 232 other designs in the international design competition in 1957.
Utzon received the prize of five thousand pounds. The building work began two years after his victory with 10 thousand construction workers. Until now, the Opera House was completed, the project cost 102 million Australian dollars. The building was officially opened on October 20, 1973.
Paul Roebson was the first to perform at the Sydney Opera House in 1960. About 30 thousand events take place here every year and visited by about eight million people.