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 architecture in the world wallops us with emotional impact. It is a full-body experience! Let’s explore some of the best buildings across the globe, examining how they make us feel.
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 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…
Which Famous 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.
Now what about you? Which buildings that are included or not included on this list do YOU adore, and why? Do share!