Most Beautiful Buildings

Rank 1: The Taj Mahal

The Taj Mahal

   The Taj Mahal is a white marble mausoleum located in Agra, India. It is also one of the Wonders of the World. It was built by Mughal emperor, Shah Jahan in memory of his third wife, Mumtaz Mahal. The Taj Mahal is widely recognized as the jewel of Muslim art in India. It is one of the universally admired masterpieces of the worlds heritage. It covers an area of over 1000 acres.

  Taj Mahal is the best example of Mughal...

Rank 2: The Capitol Building, Washington, D.C.

The Capitol Building, Washington, D.C.

  The United States Capitol is the most symbolically important and architecturally impressive buildings in the United States of America. It has housed the meeting chambers of the House of Representatives and the Senate for two centuries. The Capitol, which was started in 1793, has been through many construction phases. It stands today as a monument to the American people and their government. It was designed by an amateur architect William Thornton. The...

Rank 3: La Sagrada Familia, Spain

La Sagrada Familia, Spain

  La Sagrada Familia is surely the most extraordinary church on the planet, from the mind of one of history's most admired designer designers: Antoni Gaudi. It is a large Roman Catholic church located in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain. With its tapering towers like the straightened arms of an octopus, construction of Sagrada Familia began in 1882, though Gaudi's vision was so complex that the church is still unfinished.

  It will...

Rank 4: Burj Khalifa, Dubai

Burj Khalifa, Dubai

   Burj Khalifa known as Burj Dubai prior to its inauguration, is a skyscraper in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. It is the tallest building in the world. Construction began on 21 September 2004, with the exterior of the structure completed on 1 October 2009. The tower's architecture and engineering were performed by Skidmore, Owings and Merrill of Chicago, with Adrian Smith as chief architect, and Bill Baker as chief structural engineer. The primary...

Rank 5: Petronas Towers, Malaysia

Petronas Towers, Malaysia

   The Petronas Towers, also known as the Petronas Twin Towers are twin skyscrapers in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Petronas were the tallest buildings in the world from 1998 to 2004 until surpassed by Taipei 101, but remain the tallest twin buildings ever built, surpassing the World Trade Center. The building is the landmark of Kuala Lumpur with nearby Kuala Lumpur Tower.

  Designed by Argentine architect César Pelli and...

Rank 6: Museo Guggenheim, Spain

Museo Guggenheim, Spain

   Frank Gehry's Museo Guggenheim in the northern Spanish city of Bilbao, opened in 1997, is one of the most influential and striking buildings in modern architecture. With ribbonlike sheets of titanium and its collection of interconnecting blocks, the museum not only gives a nod to Bilbao's industrialism but also to the saucerlike curves of Frank Lloyd Wright's Solomon R Guggenheim Museum in New York.

  The Guggenheim Museum...

Rank 7: Hagia Sophia, Turkey

Hagia Sophia, Turkey

  Hagia Sophia is the great architectural marvel at the heart of Istanbul, with its four minarets poised like moon-bound rockets. Constructed in the 6th century AD as an Orthodox church, it later became a mosque and, since 1935, a museum. This huge structure was built in just five years, and its musk walls are topped by an imposing dome, 31 meters wide by 56 meters high. The dome's base is ringed by windows, so that from within the structure, the dome...

Rank 8: Imam Mosque, Iran

Imam Mosque, Iran

   Headlining beside one of the world's largest squares, Esfahan's Imam Mosque is a tiled wonder. Completely covered, inside and out, with pale blue and yellow ceramic tiles, it's a stunning 17th-century mosque, with its tiles seeming to change colour depending on the light conditions. The main dome is 54 meters high and intricately patterned in a stylized floral mosaic, while the magnificent 30 meter high portal is a supreme example of...

Rank 9: Burj Al Arab, Dubai

Burj Al Arab, Dubai

   Burj Al Arab (Tower of the Arabs) is a luxury hotel located in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. At 321 meters, it is one of the tallest hotels in the world. Burj Al Arab stands on an artificial island 280 meters into the sea from Jumeirah beach, and is connected to the mainland by a private curving bridge. The shape of the structure is designed to mimic the sail of a ship. It is sometimes incorrectly referred to as the world's only seven-Star hotel....

Rank 10: Sydney Opera House, Sydney

Sydney Opera House, Sydney

  The Sydney Opera House is a multi-venue performing arts centre in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. It was conceived and largely built by Danish architect Jørn Oberg Utzon, opening in 1973 after a long gestation that had begun with his competition-winning design in 1957. The Sydney Opera House was made a UNESCO World Heritage Site on 28 June 2007. It is one of the 20th century's most distinctive buildings and one of the most famous performing...