31 May 5 Incredible Buildings Around the World
Buildings are something that we walk by every day and we probably don’t give them a second thought. But many different buildings in the world, both large and small, have a fascinating history that deserves a second look. Here are 5 incredible buildings around the world which you should certainly add to your summer holiday itinerary.
Buckingham Palace, London
Buckingham Palace in London is a Royal residence for the British monarch and is located in the city of Westminster. It is often used as a venue for state occasions. It was initially built for the Duke of Buckingham in 1703 and was later acquired by King George III in 1761 as a private residence for Queen Charlotte. You can take a tour of the palace and see the palace state rooms and royal mews. You can enjoy an afternoon tea at the palace. Be sure to watch the ceremony of the change of guards and witness the ceremony of keys.
The Lotus Temple, New Delhi
The temple is located in the capital city of India, Delhi, and is a Bahá’í House of Worship. It is popular for its Lotus flowerlike shape and is a prominent attraction for people of all religions. It has twenty seven marble clad free standing petals arranged in clusters of three to form nine sides. You can worship by singing but no musical instruments are allowed inside the temple. There is no set pattern of worship and ritualistic ceremonies are not permitted in the Lotus Temple. It has a large garden around it and the temple which stands 70 metres tall is a spectacular form of architecture.
The Empire State Building, New York
The Empire State Building in Manhattan, New York is a 102 storey skyscraper that provides breathtaking view of the city around from its observation decks. The observatory on the 86th floor is the highest in New York and provides a panoramic view of other landmarks such as Times Square, Brooklyn Bridge, Central Park, Statue of Liberty and the Hudson River. The building also has tower lights that change to recognize various organizations and occasions around the world. There is also an observation deck on the 102nd floor where you can see as far as 80 miles on all sides.
The Eiffel Tower, Paris
The wrought iron Eiffel Tower was built from 1987 to 89 on the Champ de Mars and was named after its engineer Gustave Eiffel. It is one of the most recognised architectural wonders in the world and no trip to Paris is complete without watching the “city of light” from its 276 metre high observation point. The whole tower with its tip stands tall at 324 metres high. There are several floors that you can explore or you can head straight to the top for a bird’s eye view of the city.
Taj Mahal, Agra
A visit to the Taj Mahal is usually high-up on most people’s Agra holiday itinerary. This ivory white mausoleum was built by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his favourite wife, Mumtaz, who died during childbirth. The name means “Crown of the Palace” in English. It stands at a height of 73 metres and the construction took around 20,000 artisans who were guided by a board of architects headed by the chief architect Ustad Ahmad Lahauri. It is one of universally admired wonders of the world.