Top 5 Places That Will Amaze With Their Construction & Architecture
I love to travel. Even when I was a kid, I’d sneak off to the local mall, and spend hours admiring the massive structure from inside and out. And of course, I’d get punished when I got back home. But it was worth it. Now I am an adult, and with my own money, I travel the world.
But I am a little different. Everyone likes to see world’s beaches, jungle safaris, and natural wonders. I, on the other hand, love to visit man-made wonders. I love them because they are the symbols of mankind’s indomitable spirit. I’ve traveled all over the world, but I have a few favorites that I have visited more than once. They are modern-day marvels that never cease to amaze me. Here’s a list of my top 5 man-made marvels that will amaze you with their construction and architecture
Burj Khalifa, Dubai
As you may know, the Burj Khalifa in Dubai is the tallest building in the world. Burj Khalifa’s construction began in 2004 and was completed in 2009. However, the building was opened in 2010. Its design is derived from Islamic architecture. Burj Khalifa is the literal example of the new heights we can reach in construction and architecture. Proudly standing at 829.8 meters high, the Burj Khalifa also has the world’s highest restaurant at 122nd floor and the world’s highest nightclub at the 144th floor. However, I didn’t go to these places as I was too busy trying to get to the observation deck on the 124th floor. Oh, what a view it was. I felt like an eagle soaring in the skies. So, instead of writing more about it, I strongly urge you to come and check this place out yourself.
Princess Tower, Dubai
The Princess Tower is the second tallest building in Dubai, right after the Burj Khalifa. However, it holds the record of being the tallest residential tower in the world. Many people dream of living in tall towers, but Princess Towers takes it to another level. What intrigues me is the integrated lifestyle given to the occupants. The tower consists of malls, cultural hubs, and entertainment avenues. Now beat that. The amazing feature of the tower is an outer facade divided into several sections. It is quite a sight, and should be seen in person,
Hagia Sophia, Turkey
Now, enough about skyscrapers. I am also quite intrigued by historical sites with amazing pasts. And it does not get more amazing than Hagia Sophia. This place first started off as a church, then was converted to a mosque, and today, it stands as a secular museum. Hagia Sophia is one of the last remnants of Byzantine Architecture. On the inside, you’ll find artistic marble pillars and mosaics. Its interiors are worthy being compared to the Sistine Chapel. It is one of the most beautiful sites in Turkey and my absolute favorite. Every traveler should visit this place at least once.
Machu Picchu, Peru
If a list of the most amazing man-made structures is being made, how can I leave out Machu Picchu? It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This ancient Incan city is a prime example of how advanced the civilization was. Quite a lot of the city has been restored, making it look like a time capsule. Don’t forget to take your camera as I had once forgotten. There are amazing photo-ops at every corner. And one of the best parts about Machu Picchu is the trek. It is not for the faint-hearted. Such is the beauty of Machu Picchu that I have visited this place more than once. Try it once and you will too.
Taj Mahal, India
How can one of the Seven Wonders of the World be left out on this list? I have seen all of them, but the one that impressed me the most was the Taj Mahal, in Agra, India. This monument was built by the Mughal king, Shahjahan in the memory of his late wife, Mumtaz. Made completely from marble, the mausoleum is now the resting place of Shahjahan and Mumtaz. Taj Mahal incorporates Persian architecture and is inspired by other tombs of the Mughal Empire. The marble is inlaid with precious stones. The exteriors are beautifully decorated in tune with strict Islamic rules, and make use calligraphy-like designs. When you visit Agra, India, beware of tourists traps. It’s better if you book with a professional tour operator, and enjoy the Taj Mahal to the fullest just like I did.
So, these are my top 5 favorites. I suggest you visit them too if you, like me, are interested in beautiful, unique and quirky architecture and structures. Pack your bags now!