There are many reasons to travel around this beautiful planet, who wouldn’t want to see the spectacular wonders that each country has to offer? Whether you love learning about different cultures or just looking for a new adventure with a different view, traveling is the only way to truly experience these things. For those of us who admire art-centric architecture buildings, rich history, and the hard work of talented hands, these are a few cities to add to every architecture lover’s bucket list.
If you love a bit of romantic history and breathtaking architecture, then the Taj Mahal is a must for your bucket list. This majestic mausoleum is located in Agra, on the south bank of the Yamuna river. It was built by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan to commemorate his love for his late wife Mumtaz Mahal. With the beautiful, white marble dome, astonishing Persian and Mughal architectural style, and lavish gardens surrounding the tomb and minarets, everything about this majestic building will make you fall in love.
Barcelona might be the best place to go if you enjoy the nightlife, but it is also home to the works of the famous architect Antoni Gaudí. Sagrada Familia, the crown jewel of Barcelona’s architecture, was Gaudí’s personal interpretation of Art Nouveau, Catalan Modernism, and Gothic architecture. While the church remains unfinished 136 years after its construction, there are still 48,500 square feet of avant-garde architecture, flamboyant colors, and organic forms to marvel at.
Shanghai is a must for anyone who loves spectacular views, art deco, and futuristic skyscrapers. The Shanghai Tower is not only one of the tallest buildings in the world with the highest observation deck on the 118th floor, but it is also an architectural masterpiece. The spiral-shaped tower has an outer layer of glass, floating lobbies, vertical sky gardens, and panoramic views of the city for all visitors to admire.
The ancient city of Rome, also known as the cradle of civilization, is home to some of the world’s most breathtaking Roman architecture. Marvel at the Colosseum, the Pantheon, and St. Peter’s Basilica or make a wish at the Trevi Fountain. This Eternal City, with its blend of contemporary buildings and historic ruins, is the perfect place for any architecture lover to get their fix of mesmerizing art from Raphael, Bernini, and many other legendary names in history.
Budapest, often referred to as the Paris of Eastern Europe, is home to some of the most incredible architectural creations in the world. With a blend of Art Nouveau, Baroque, and Turkish influences, this city will leave any architecture lover yearning for more. Spend a day lounging in the ancient Ottoman thermal bath houses where you can admire some of the original stonework, Roman-style columns, and elaborate mosaic walls that date back to the 16th century. Another attraction you don’t want to miss is the Chain Bridge. This iconic bridge dates back to the 1800s and offers spectacular views of both parts of Buda and Pest.
Now that you have added these amazing cities to your bucket list, it’s time to pack your bags and head off into the world to marvel at these extraordinary architectural wonders.