This article is a travel topic
Architecture is concerned with the design and construction of buildings. The architecture of a place is often a tourist attraction in its own right. Some consider buildings beautiful to look at while others consider the view from a tall building to be a beauty to behold.
Historic buildings often tell their own story and provide a place with a heritage that asks the visitor to find out more.
Ancient BuildingsSee also archaeological sites and Old Towns.
Some buildings are unique....
- The Leaning Tower of Pisa
Cathederals, temples and other places of worship have, until recently, been among the most notable and longest lasting forms of architecture.
- Bodhgaya, Bihar State, India - the site where Shakyamuni Buddha gained enlightenment.
- The Great Stupa of Bodhnath', Kathmandu - the heart of Vajrayana Buddhism in Nepal.
CathedralsSee Christian sites and events
MosquesSee Muslim sites and events
- Dome of the Rock/Masjid Al Sakhrah
- Angkor Wat
- Anahita Temple
There are a large number of buildings for civic or governmental purposes. These include:
- Seats of Government
- Transportation Centres such as railway stations and airports
Around the world, commemorative structures are amongst the most notable tourist attractions. For example:
- The Taj Mahal in Agra
- War Memorials
Some styles like Art Deco attract tourists to visit. The town of Napier, New Zealand, is largely built in the Art Deco style after the town was rebuilt in the 1930s following an earthquake. The local historical society has capitalised on this and runs frequent walking tours around the buildings.
Building the tallest building in the world is every architect's dream (or perhaps nightmare) project, as it will eventually be topped by an even taller structure. See the Chicago skyline guide for information on the many tall buildings in Chicago, the birthplace of the skyscraper.
In the USA (and from 1974 to 1991 in Poland) there are some guyed radio masts, which were taller. The tallest construction built so far, was the Warsaw radio mast near Gabin.