5 Architecturally Beautiful Places You Can’t Give A Miss
Every architecture lover craves to explore the next best destination where they can indulge their aesthetic sense and get drunk on beautiful buildings! Architecture is not about only design, it is also a reflection of the art of an era gone by. It is an amalgamation of history, religion, art, skilled craftsmanship and culture. Here are five top places to explore around the world, which you must visit for a truly beautiful architectural experience.
Istanbul: Istanbul the former capital of Turkey which proudly spans two continents, is a shining example of ancient Byzantine architecture. Hagia Sofia, the former Orthodox Christian church converted into a mosque and finally into a museum is a popular centre for tourists and religious believers. The oldest palace of the world, the Topkapi Palace, is famous for containing Prophet Muhammad’s sword and cloak and is highly revered by the Islamic community. Other places to visit are the Blue Mosque, Chora Church and one of the world’s largest covered markets, the Grand Bazaar, where you can find exotic stuff such as delectable confectionery, spices and the best of them all, the original Turkish coffee!
London: A cultural inspiration for most English art and literature and a preferred destination among international film directors for their films, London boasts of some of the most loved architectural beauties. Lying peacefully on the Thames River, London is famous for its places of historic interest such as Westminster Abbey, the Tower of London, Big Ben and the London Bridge, on which the popular nursery rhyme is based.
Prague: Prague, the capital of the Czech Republic and the former capital of Bohemia is an architectural delight in the true sense. Old Town Hall, the Church of St. Nicolas, Charles Bridge and its pretty boutiques, chapels, gardens, bars and cafes constitute a few of its many offerings to the architectural world. This 1000-year-old city, also known as the City of Hundred Spires, has been designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1992. If you wish to enjoy the vast beauty of this venerable city standing at a single place, you can simply wander up to Petřín Hill for a fantabulous panoramic view of the city.
Jaipur: An ancient Indian city famous for its heritage of powerful kings and their splendid palaces, Jaipur is also renowned for being a centre of fine artisan work. Known as the Pink City, it is home to the beautiful City Palace, Hawa Mahal and a royal observatory named Jantar Mantar which is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The city is also a popular destination for the ‘big fat Indian wedding’, especially among non-Indians.
Florence: For those of you who have visited the Italian capital Rome countless times and want another architecturally-rich place to discover in Italy, travel to Florence, the place where the Renaissance began and which produced some of the world’s finest artists and polymaths such as Leonardo da Vinci, Botticelli, Donatello and Michelangelo. Its museums, art galleries, churches and cobbled streets are sure to delight your senses and make you want to visit this city over and over again!