The Most Beautiful Buildings in the World

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Pictures of the most beautiful buildings in the world can hardly do justice to some of the most breathtaking structures on Earth, but the list of the greatest buildings in the world attempts to rank these gorgeous buildings based on the eye-catching beauty. This list of famous buildings includes famous monuments, cathedrals, and other amazing feats of architecture renowned around the world for their form, function, and beauty.

What are the most beautiful buildings on Earth? From the temples of Ankgor Wat to the grandeur of the Burg Khalifa in Dubai and the beauty of the Taj Mahal, there are dozens- if not hundreds- of amazing buildings to visit in the world and the list of the top buildings to see in the world has most of them.
Most divisive: White House

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    998 VOTES

    Hohenzollern Castle

    Hohenzollern Castle
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    Hohenzollern Castle is a castle approximately 50 kilometers south of Stuttgart, Germany. It is considered the ancestral seat of the Hohenzollern family, which emerged in the Middle Ages and eventually became German Emperors. The castle is located on top of Berg Hohenzollern, at an elevation of 855 meters above sea level; 234 m above the towns of Hechingen and nearby Bisingen, to the south. Both are located at the foothills of the Swabian Alps. The castle was first constructed in the early 11th century. Over the centuries the House of Hohenzollern split into several branches, but the castle remained the property of the Swabian branch of the family, who were the dynastic seniors of the Franconian-Brandenburgian cadet branch that later acquired an imperial throne. In 1423 the castle was completely destroyed after a ten-month siege by the imperial cities of Swabia. A second, larger and more sturdy castle was constructed from 1454 to 1461, and this served as a refuge for the Catholic Swabian Hohenzollerns during wartime; including during the Thirty Years' War.
    998 votes
  • Hungarian Parliament Building
    Photo: Cost3l / flickr / CC-BY 2.0
    The Hungarian Parliament Building is the seat of the National Assembly of Hungary, one of Europe's oldest legislative buildings, a notable landmark of Hungary and a popular tourist destination of Budapest. It lies in Lajos Kossuth Square, on the bank of the Danube. It is currently the largest building in Hungary and still the highest building in Budapest.
    • Located In: Budapest, Hungary
    2,926 votes
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    3,863 VOTES
    Taj Mahal
    Photo: / flickr / CC-BY-NC-ND 2.0
    The Taj Mahal is a white marble mausoleum located in Agra, Uttar Pradesh, India. Commissioned in 1632 by the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan to house the tomb of his third wife, Mumtaz Mahal, the Taj Mahal stands on the southern bank of the Yamuna River. The mausoleum is widely recognized as "the jewel of Muslim art in India" and remains as one of the world’s most celebrated structures and a symbol of India’s rich history. Regarded by many as the best example of the Mughal architecture, it is a perfect blend combining elements from Islamic, Persian, Ottoman Turkish as well as Indian architectural styles. The famed mausoleum complex of white domed marble of the Taj Mahal actually is an integrated complex of many structures. The construction began around 1632 and was completed in about 22 years, in 1653, employing around 20,000 artisans and craftsmen throughout the empire. The construction was entrusted to a board of architects, the chief architect probably being Ustad Ahmad Lahauri. Designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1983, Taj Mahal attracts some 3 million people a year for visit.
    • Located In: Uttar Pradesh, India
    3,863 votes
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    2,419 VOTES

    City of Petra

    City of Petra
    Photo: Merlijn Hoek / flickr / CC-BY-NC-ND 2.0
    • Located In: Ma'an, Jordan
    2,419 votes
  • Milan Cathedral Duomo
    Photo: user uploaded image
    Milan Cathedral is the cathedral church of Milan, Italy. Dedicated to St Mary of the Nativity, it is the seat of the Archbishop of Milan, currently Cardinal Angelo Scola. The Gothic cathedral took nearly six centuries to complete. It is the 5th-largest church in the world and the largest in Italy.
    • Located In: Milan, Italy
    3,282 votes
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    1,396 VOTES

    Mont Saint-Michel

    Mont Saint-Michel
    Photo: Maurizio Agelli / Flickr
    Le Mont-Saint-Michel is an island commune in Normandy, France. It is located approximately one kilometre off the country's northwestern coast, at the mouth of the Couesnon River near Avranches. 100 hectares in size, the island has a population of 44. The island has held strategic fortifications since ancient times, and since the 8th century AD has been the seat of the monastery from which it draws its name. The structural composition of the town exemplifies the feudal society that constructed it: on top, God, the abbey and monastery; below this, the great halls; then stores and housing; and at the bottom, outside the walls, fishermen's and farmers' housing. Its unique position of being an island only 600 meters from land made it readily accessible on low tide to the many pilgrims to its abbey. Equally, this position made it readily defensible as an incoming tide stranded, or drowned, would-be assailants. By capitalizing on this natural defense, the Mont remained unconquered during the Hundred Years' War with a small garrison successfully defending it against a full attack by the English in 1433.
    • Located In: Manche, France
    • Area (km sq.): 0.97
    1,396 votes