10 MOST PLEASANT STRUCTURES IN THE WORLD
Architecture which is both the process and the product of planning, designing and constructing buildings or any other structures is a subjective field, as well as an aspect of Real Estate. Even so, just like there are several bizarre buildings in the world today, there are also several outstanding buildings around the world that every person finds attractive. The best buildings in the world combine outstanding architecture with clever use of materials and the all-important right location. And when you throw a building’s history and original purpose into the mix, things get even more interesting. The world’s most pleasant structures have influenced creative from across the globe and anyone who is in the least bit creative cannot fail to be inspired by them.
Architectural designs record details of specific moments in time, much like a photograph and so can tell us a lot about the period in which they were built. But unlike photos, physical structures go on to evolve and have a life of their own, becoming a central and functional part of countless people’s lives for hundreds of years after they were built. The world we live in today is loaded with beautiful structures and this list is just a small portion of what is out there.
Taj Mahal, which means “Crown of the Palaces”, is an ivory-white marble mausoleum on the south bank of the Yamuna River in the Indian city of Agra. It was commissioned in 1632 by the Mughal emperor, Shah Jahan who reigned from the year 1628 to 1658, to house the tomb of his favourite wife, Mumtaz Mahal. The tomb is the centerpiece of a 17-hectare (42-acre) complex, which includes a mosque and a guest house and is set in formal gardens bounded on three sides by a crenellated wall. Construction of the mausoleum was essentially completed in 1643 but work continued on other phases of the project for another 10 years. The Taj Mahal complex is believed to have been completed in its entirety in 1653 at a cost estimated at the time to be around 32 million rupees. The unique style of the famous building combines Turkish, Persian and other Middle Eastern design influences to secure its place as one of top ten beautiful structures around the world.
- POTALA PALACE
The Potala Palace which is located in Lhasa, Tibet Autonomous Region, China was the residence of the Dalai Lama. It is now a museum and World Heritage Site. The palace is named after Mount Potalaka, the mythical abode of the bodhisattva Avalokiteśvara. The 5th Dalai Lama started its construction in 1645 after one of his spiritual advisers, Konchog Chophel died 1646. The building measures 400 metres (1,300 ft) east-west and 350 metres (1,150 ft) north-south, with sloping stone walls averaging 3 metres (9.8 ft) thick and 5 metres (16 ft) thick at the base and with copper poured into the foundations to help proof it against earthquakes. The exquisite features of this building allotted it a place in our top ten most pleasant structures around the world.
- EMAM MOSQUE
The Emam Mosque in Iran is a building that definitely shares its influences with the Taj Mahal. Its main feature is an incredible dome that is reminiscent of those found at the Taj Mahal. The Emam Mosque is not white but completely covered with pale blue tiles. The sheer amount of work required to affix each individual tile to the dome should earn this building a place on any top 10 list.
- EIFFEL TOWER
The Eiffel Tower is definitely one of the most famous buildings in the world. It has defined an entire city and makes up the mental image that many people associate with the word “France.” Compared to some of the other buildings on this list, it seems simple but there is beauty in its angular and exposed design. It is a symbol of the engineering that is normally hidden behind the glittering walls of a building.
- SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE
The Sydney Opera House is no stranger to attention. It provides the backdrop as the best athletes the world had to offer competed for national glory. It has also been included in countless movies. Like the Eiffel Tower, the Sydney Opera House has started to define its country. There is no denying that this structure deserves to be included in the top ten
The Chrysler Building, located in New York City, is one of the most iconic buildings in America. It was even the tallest building in the world for a brief time. The design is far less extreme than other buildings on this list but it is a nearly perfect example of the Art Deco style, which ensures its place on this list.
LA SAGRADA FAMILIA
La Sagrada Familia is a church located in Spain. It is the most beautiful church in the world and is still under construction to this day. Work has been ongoing since the middle of the 19th century. Even modern construction methods have not been enough to complete the original architect grand vision.
- HAGIA SOPHIA
The Hagia Sophia structure is located in Turkey and appears to share some of the design of the Taj Mahal. It was originally built as an Orthodox Church but was then converted into a Mosque. It served as a Mosque for hundreds of years until 1935 before it was once again converted. The Hagia Sophia is now a museum and deserves a secure spot on this top ten list.
- BURJ AL ARAB
The Burj Al Arab is just one of many buildings that have recently risen to define Dubai’s skyline. This building is not anywhere near the tallest but it is the most beautiful. It rests on its own man-made island and was constructed to look like a full sail. The result is impressive to say the least and it is surely the only sixty story tall glass sail in existence right now.
To wrap up the top ten most pleasant structures in the world is the Gresham Palace. Gresham is located in the capital of Hungary. It is one of the newest buildings on this list. It exudes classic European Architecture and its very presence expresses royalty. There are many other buildings around the world that deserve recognition for originality but this top ten list represents the cream of the crop.