World’s Most Beautiful Buildings

  • Institute for Sound and Vision, Hilversum, Netherlands

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The Institute for Sound and Vision collects and provides access to over 70% of the Dutch audio-visual heritage. The collection of more than 750,000 hours of television, radio, music and film that began in 1898 and continues to grow daily makes Sound and Vision one of the largest audiovisual archives in Europe.

Sound and Vision is the business archive of the national broadcasting corporations, a cultural heritage institute and also a museum for its visitors.

  • Sagrada Família, Barcelona

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It is a large Roman Catholic church in Barcelona, Catalonia designed by Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí.

The basilica has a long history of dividing the citizens of Barcelona.

  • The Golden Temple, Amritsar, India

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It is considered the holiest Sikh gurdwara located in the city of Amritsar, Punjab, India. The Harmandir Sahib, also known as the Golden Temple, was designed by the fifth guru, Guru Arjan, who had the cornerstone laid by the Muslim Sufi saint Sai Hazrat Mian Mir on 28 December 1588. Guru Arjan completed the Adi Granth, the holy scripture of Sikhism, in 1604 and installed it in the gurdwara.

 

  • The Guggenheim, Bilbao, Spain

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This is a museum of modern and contemporary art, designed by Canadian-American architect Frank Gehry. The museum was inaugurated on October 18, 1997, by former King Juan Carlos I of Spain. Built alongside the Nervion River, which runs through the city of Bilbao to the Cantabrian Sea, it is one of several museums belonging to the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation and features permanent and visiting exhibits of works by Spanish and international artists.

  • Catherine Palace, Outside St. Petersburg, Russia

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The residence originated in 1717, when Catherine I of Russia hired German architect Johann-Friedrich Braunstein to construct a summer palace for her pleasure.

  • Burj Al Arab, Dubai, UAE

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It is a luxury hotel located in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. It has been called “The world’s only 7 star Hotel” and is the fourth tallest hotel in the world. Burj Al Arab stands on an artificial island 280 m from Jumeirah beach and is connected to the mainland by a private curving bridge. The shape of the structure is designed to mimic the sail of a ship. It has a helipad near the roof at a height of 210 m above ground.