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Most Impressive Hagia Sophia, Istanbul

The Church of the Holy Wisdom, known as Hagia Sophia is a former Byzantine church and former Ottoman mosque in Istanbul. Now a museum, Hagia Sophia is universally acknowledged as one of the great buildings of the world. It contains two floors centered on a giant nave that has a great dome ceiling, along with smaller domes, towering above. Its wide, flat dome was a daring engineering feat in the 6th...

Amazing Buildings – Air Force Academy Chapel

The Cadet Chapel is the most popular man-made attraction in Colorado, with more than a half million visitors every year. Groundbreaking began on the iconic landmark Aug. 28, 1959, and was completed in 1963 at a cost of $3.5 million. Soaring 150 feet toward the Colorado sky, the Air Force Academy Chapel is an all-faiths house of worship designed to meet the spiritual needs of cadets. It contains a separate...

Visit the Reichstag in Berlin

The Reichstag building was completed in 1894 following German national unity and the establishment of the German Reich in 1871. After a complete restoration, Since April 1999, the Reichstag is once again the seat of the Bundestag. A part of the Reichstag is open to the public. An elevator brings you to the building’s roof and you can even walk all the way to the top of the dome via a spiral walkway....

The F&F Tower aka Tornillo in Panama

The Revolution Tower is a controversial “corkscrew” tower complex of modern offices in one of the most prestigious real estate areas in Panama City. Facts: Official Name F&F Tower City Panama City Building Function office Structural Material concrete Height 243 m, (797 ft) Construction Start 2008 Completion 2011 Owner/Developer F&F Properties Architect Pinzon Lozano & Asociados Arquitectos Structural...

Portuguese El Jadida Cistern, Morocco

This vast underground vaulted hall was part of the fortified castle built in 1514. It was probably a weapons room before being used as a water reservoir. The underground chamber, measuring 34 meters by 34 meters, was constructed with five rows of five stone pillars. The cistern is famous especially for the thin layer of water that covers the floor, and which creates fine and exciting reflections from...

Fabulous Guildhall Building in Derry

The Guildhall is one of Derry’s most recognisable landmarks and has been at the heart of city life since 1890. It was built in 1887 by ‘The Honourable The Irish Society’ on land reclaimed from the River Foyle at a cost of L19,000 (equivalent to L1.5 million today). It is free to the public and it is not only gorgeous but educational. There is an historic, interactive exhibit that is well worth...

Teatro Amazonas – Opera House in the Heart of Amazonia

The Opera House is an attraction not to be missed upon visiting the city of Manaus. This gorgeous theater was built at the height of the rubber boom, using European designers, decorators, even raw materials. Construction began in 1884, under the supervision of Italian architect Celestial Sacardim. No expense was spared: roofing came from Alsace, furniture from Paris, marble from Italy, and steel from...

Tigers Nest in Bhutan

Taktshang Goemba or Tiger’s Nest Monastery was blessed and sanctified as one of Bhutan’s most sacred religious sites. It hangs on a cliff and stands above a beautiful forest of blue pine and rhododendrons. Taktsang Monastery was built in 1692 by Gyalse Tenzin Rabgye. Gyalse Tenzin Rabgye is believed to be the reincarnation of Padmasambhava. Legend believes that Padmasambhava (Guru Rimpoche) flew...

Bathroom Inspirations

The bathroom might be the smallest room in the house, but well designed bathroom should feel relaxing as well as functional and with the right touches feel closer to a Spa. Here are some trends to make a impact in the next seasons. credit: skivory

The Mirrorcube – ThreeHouse in Sweden

Treehotel is located in Harads, near the Lule river, about 100 kilometers from Lulea airport. The Mirrorcube is an exciting hide-out among the trees, camouflaged by mirrored walls that reflect their surroundings. The dimensions are 4x4x4 metres. The base consists of an aluminum frame around the tree trunk and the walls are covered with reflective glass. The six windows provide a stunning panoramic...

Metropolitan Cathedral of Sao Paulo, Brazil

The Cathedral in Sao Paulo, Brazil, is commonly known as Catedral da Sé de Sao Paulo, that is, the cathedral of the seat of the Bishop of São Paulo. The current cathedral is the third to occupy the site, with each previous church being demolished to accommodate a new and bigger cathedral. Cathedral de Se looks like a typical gothic cathedral, however the inside is impressive. The decorations are...

Modern Milwaukee Art Museum by Santiago Calatrava

The Milwaukee Art Museum is an architectural landmark, comprised of three buildings at 341,000-square-foot designed by three legendary architects: Eero Saarinen (War Memorial Center), David Kahler (Kahler Building), and Santiago Calatrava (Quadracci Pavilion). The museum collects and preserves art, presenting it to the community as a vital source of inspiration and education. Opening Hours: 10 a.m....

HDR Zu Lai Temple in Sao Paulo, Brasil by iPhone

Zu Lai is an amazing chinese budhist temple. It is located about 45 minutes from Sao Paulo. The Zu Lai temple is a Mahayana Buddhist monastery. It provides a place for visitors to enjoy nature and get in touch with their spirituality. There a perfect little Buddha sculptures if you walk down the steps from the temple showing the Buddha doing different daily activities and growing older. credit:...

University of Coimbra – One of the Oldest in the World

Coimbra is one of Portugal’s oldest cities and is home to one of the world’s first universities. It was the capital of the country from 1139 to 1256 and its university was founded in 1290. Situated on a hill overlooking the city, the University of Coimbra with its colleges grew and evolved over more than seven centuries within the old town. The city and the surrounding region offer exceptional...

The Bridge of Peace in Tbilisi, Georgia

The Bridge of Peace is a bow-shaped pedestrian bridge over the Kura River in Tbilisi, capital of Georgia. The bridge which stretches 150 metres was ordered by the City Hall of Tbilisi to create a contemporary design feature connecting Old Tbilisi with the new district. It was designed by the Italian architect Michele De Lucchi and was officially opened on May 6, 2010. The wavy steel and glass canopy...