For centuries, architects have built structures but only few can be singled out as “Architecutural works of art.
Some of these buildings, you wouldn’t believe exist or even habitable. Over time, some of them have either become massive tourist attractions or have fallen to ruins due to lack of proper maintenance.
In this post however, we will be looking at some of the greatest buildings in the world that are still standing.
1. Leaning Tower of Pisa
The foundation of the tower began to sink just five years into construction. Construction was paused in 1178 to allow the building to settle. About a hundred years later, work on the tower resumed. It stopped again in 1284 and the building was finally completed in 1372. The pauses in between the construction work were as a result of battles between The Republic of Pisa and Genoa, Lucca and Florence. It turned out okay however as the breaks allowed the foundation of the building to settle better (it would have completely fallen over otherwise).
What we have now is a beautiful work of art with a nearly four degree tilt!
2. Taj Mahal, India
Often described as the most beautiful building in the world, the Taj Mahal is arguably one of the greatest gifts a man has ever given to a woman in history. The ivory-white marble beauty was commissioned by Shah Jahan, the Mughal emperor to house the tomb of his favorite wife.
This building is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site and attracts up to 8 million visitors a year!
3. The Eiffel Tower
Do we even need to say anything about the Eiffel tower? Most people who visit Paris visit for the romance of the city and over the years, the Eiffel tower has become a must see for the millions of tourists. Originally holding the record for the tallest man-made structure in the world until 1930, over 250 million people have visited the tower.
FUN FACT: the building is named after the engineer whose company designed and built it: a man named Gustave Eiffel.
4. White House, USA
An historic symbol of America, the white house has served as the official residence and workplace of the country’s President since 1800. The neoclassical architectural masterpiece consists of three parts: the East Wing, the West Wing and the Residence. It is four stories tall, and houses a whooping 132 rooms and 35 bathrooms in total.
As it is one of America’s favorite places to visit, tickets are available all year round to take a tour of the Presidential Palace.