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Famous Buildings and Architecture: My Faves, Globally!

Why is Architecture Important?

Great architecture encompasses so much of what makes our world exciting. A single structure sings to us of history, art, human ingenuity, nature, and culture — just through its lines and choices. The most famous buildings in the world wallop us with emotional impact. It is a full-body experience! Let’s explore some of the best architecture across the globe, examining how each makes us feel.

Famous architecture buildings around the world
Which buildings do YOU love best?

In the 11 years that I’ve run this travel blog, I’ve been keeping a list of my favorite buildings in each country I’ve visited. For the first time, I’m sharing my rankings!

You may be surprised by what is included in this list — or what is missing from it — so let’s be very clear: there are AMAZING works of architecture and famous buildings in every corner of the globe. This list here is a TINY sampling of what is out there around the world, and only includes places I’ve taken quality photos of, myself, while visiting.

When you’re done scrolling this ranking, I invite you to add your own votes for architectural favorites in the comments section! Now, let’s start…

Famous Buildings and Architecture

A ranking of most beautiful and interesting famous buildings and architecture from around the world!

Which Famous Buildings and Architecture Do YOU Love?

There you have the list. (Was it a surprise that a whole town in the ABC Islands was the #1 winner?) Now, I do know that my work has just begun in exploring the world, and again want to affirm in the spirit of inclusiveness that EVERY country and city has beautiful, worthwhile architecture. These are just the ones I have good photos and articles from to share.

In addition, it’s important to remember that great buildings can take many forms. There are innumerable small or lesser-known structures which bring brilliance and beauty into the world (from the wild colors of Randyland in Pittsburgh, to private residences in Folly Beach and historic Charleston, SC, to the lookout tower on Mount Greylock, MA — and every liminal space in between)… even though they aren’t as famous as the Taj Mahal.

We love ALL architecture that pleases our eyes, souls, and bodies! My hope is that this list will be a starting point for inspiration to influence exploration that will stretch forward much farther.

Famous architecture
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Now what about you? Which buildings that are included or not included on this list do YOU adore, and why? Do share!


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Thursday 26th of November 2020

I had nice moments reading this inspirational post and I learn new things from you and this absolutely amazing for me. Thank you for sharing and I appreciate your hard work. Greetings from Canada.

Lillie Marshall

Thursday 26th of November 2020

Thanks, Flora!


Friday 16th of October 2020

Hi Lillie! Wonderful article, very inspiring! The city palace let us like this... :O!

Lillie Marshall

Sunday 18th of October 2020

Thanks Jesus! It's such a remarkable structure.


Friday 9th of October 2020

Today’s architectural monuments aren’t meant only to be admired from afar. “It’s not about creating an icon, but shaping public space."

Lillie Marshall

Saturday 10th of October 2020

Interesting! That makes sense.

Soheila Hakimi

Wednesday 23rd of September 2020

The Sheikh Zayed Mosque is on my bucket list! How was it? It looks absolutely stunning. So many great spots on your list! Looks like you have really been all over the world!

Lillie Marshall

Thursday 24th of September 2020

SO. AMAZING. Worth it for sure!


Wednesday 23rd of September 2020

O Lord! how I miss travelling! I better update my bucket list with at least the closest Indian monuments. The Chand Bauri is the first I am yet to visit it. Love this a great guide to where I want to go.

Lillie Marshall

Thursday 24th of September 2020

You're lucky you're in the country with so many fabulous works of architecture!

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