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Buildings may be some of the most impressive works of art we have. After sinking untold sums of money into their construction, we can walk through the finished products and even live inside them.
Here are nine buildings that push the boundaries of structural expression. We think you’ll love them.
THE GOLDEN TEMPLE
The Golden Temple in Amritsar, India, is a stunning structure that seems to have been dropped right in the middle of the Amritsar River.
Officially known as Sri Harmandir Sahib, or Sri Darbar Sahib, it is the holiest Gurdwara of Sikhism.
TAKTSANG PALPHUG MONASTERY
If you can stomach the journey there, the Taktsang Palphug Monastery is a worthy destination.
It is tucked away on a rockface in Bhutan’s Paro Valley.
The modernist architect Antoni Gaudí didn’t live to see his Sagrada Família completed – in fact, it’s still being built.
The exterior looks like something out of Narnia and the interior is even more surreal.
The Flatiron Building in New York was one of the first skyscrapers and is known for its distinctive triangular shape.
The iconic 22-storey building features in numerous US sitcoms including Friends, Spin City and Veronica’s Closet.
But not all buildings need to scrape the sky. The Temppeliaukio Church in Helsinki is built into a rock underground and still gets lots of sunlight.
It does not look like much from the outside, but tourists flock to see its unusual church architecture.
CHURCH OF ST. GEORGE
The Church of St. George in Lalibela, Ethiopia, was carved out of a single stone in the 12th century.
It is is one of 11 monolithic churches in the city.
SHEIKH ZAYED GRAND MOSQUE
Not to be outdone by other mosques, the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi opened 10 years ago and has become the premier place of worship in the UAE.
During Eid prayers, up to 41,000 people visit the biggest mosque in the UAE.
Perhaps the only house of worship that can match its grandeur is the Blue Mosque in Istanbul, built in the early 1600s at the height of the Ottoman Empire.
Its interior features more than 20,000 handmade tiles.
Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland is a gem of a university.
It has the prototypical library, the most stunning section of which is called, fittingly enough, the Long Room.
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