Sometimes, we can’t help but marvel at some of the incredible architecture and construction that we can create. One of the best things about travel is that we can jet off and see how other countries and cultures design their buildings, bridges and everything else man-made, as well as appreciating the artistic value of architecture.

Now that travelling abroad is back on the menu after so long, we decided to make a list of seven wonders of the architectural world that you can find around the globe. Each of these are worth stopping off for on a trip, so if you happen to find yourself in the country, make an effort to visit.

Las Lajas Sanctuary

Ipiales, Colombia

Las Lajas Sanctuary is a basicilia church in southern Columbia, and is a truly spectacular building. It looks like something out of a fantasy film, with the front bridge stretching across a ravine and creating a feeling of grandness. The inside is no less incredible, with an ornate ceiling decorated with chandeliers, and beautiful stain glass windows. The present church was built in the Gothic style, and is a popular destination for tourists, owing in part to the legends of the Virgin Mary appearing here in the 1700s. But it should be a destination for anyone travelling in the country.

Hagia Sophia

Istanbul, Turkey

The most iconic building in Turkey, Hagia Sophia was built in 537 AD, and it’s huge, dignified design makes it feel every bit the ancient wonder it is. The structure has undergone several alterations over the centuries due to different religions changes surrounding the building, but it has remained one of Istanbul’s most important and stunning structures. The main dome is the building’s centrepiece, with beautiful mosaics from the Byzantine era adorning it. In the early 20th century, it was turned into a museum, and remained like this until 2020, when it officially turned back into a mosque.

The Palace of Westminster

London, Great Britain

One of the main symbols of government and law making in Britain, London’s Palace of Westminster is instantly recognisable and will inevitably show up in a vast amount of films and TV shows with scenes set in London (usually with erroneous geography). The Houses of Parliament are of course where MPs and Lords debate and vote on the issues of the day, and Elizabeth Tower (as pedants like to tell you is the real name of Big Ben) rings in the New Year annually. Built and rebuilt many times for over a thousand years, the current complex really is a marvel for the eyes, even if you’ve seen it a million times. The clock face was recently renovated too, meaning a visit is well worth it.

Château Frontenac

Quebec, Canada

A historic and truly grand hotel in Quebec, the Château Frontenac is an amazing work of architecture from top to bottom. It was built by the Canadian Pacific Railway Company, and overlooks the Saint Lawerence River. Its fortress like design draws inspiration from French medieval chateaus, with its asymmetrical appearance, and several towers and turrets. It’s been expanded several times over the years, most recently in 1993, but it’s retained the medieval elements that make it picturesque. The inside also has rooms named and inspired by visitors like Canadian PMs Elliot and Justin Trudeau, Winston Churchill, Franklin D Roosevelt, Alfred Hitchcock and Celine Dion.

One World Trade Centre

New York City, New York, USA

The tallest building in the US and the Western Hemisphere, One WTC opened in 2014, and replaces the original Twin Towers after their destruction 13 years prior. While its original name (Freedom Tower) and height in feet (1776, the year of the Declaration of Independence) send a defiant message, the tower itself is nonetheless a stylish and modern looking building, with a partially sloped exterior and eye catching glass design. The observatory at the top provides amazing views across Manhattan and beyond, as well as the rest of the Trade Centre complex. While a second tower or building has been discussed for some time not built, for now One World Trade Centre is one of the most amazing pieces of architecture in the world.

Lotus Temple

New Delhi, India

The Lotus Temple is one of the most interesting and unique looking buildings on Earth, and one of India’s most impressive. Built in the 1980s, it has a flower like shape (hence the name Lotus), and has been visited by millions over the decades. A Baháʼí House of Worship (meaning it welcomes all faiths), it has 27 marble ‘petals’ which creates the Lotus effect, and the hall in the interior can fit up to 2500 people. The Temple is also powered in part by several solar panels placed around the building, the first temple in Delhi to do so. It’s won numerous awards, and it’s not hard to see why: if you find yourself in New Delhi, the Lotus Temple is definitely worth a visit.

Florence Cathedral

Florence, Italy

Florence’s architectural crown jewel and one of the most beautiful buildings in Italy (there’s a lot of competition), the Florence Cathedral is 89,000 square foot in size and reaches 376 feet in height. It took some 140 years to build, with its most iconic section, the dome, completed in 1436 and remains the largest masonry dome in the world. The striking red and white of the building and dome makes it somehow both blend in with and stand out from the rest of Florence, and stepping inside the vast interior reveals another layer to the spectacle. While rather empty inside (deriving from the teachings of humbleness by Dominican preachers), it is nonetheless awe inspiring, and a number of Renaissance artworks decorate the inside. Some of the most famous Italian artists in history were involved with elements of its construction, including Michelangelo, Donatello, and Leonardo Da Vinci.

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