Architectural Wonders

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Architecture is the art that molds our landscapes into the backdrops that enrich our lives.  What denotes an architectural wonder you ask? Sometimes it’s a well known town staple, other times it’s a hidden gem. So keep your eyes peeled.
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Leipzig, Germany

St. Nicholas Church

This 12th century church played an important role in the reunification of Germany, and once had an extremely famous music director.

Havana, Cuba

Hotel Sevilla

This historic hotel was once closely associated with Havana's mafia network.

Carlton, Australia

Royal Exhibition Building

From vaccination centers to the Olympic games to world fairs, this building has been home to major world events since its construction in the late 1800s.

Manaus, Brazil

Amazon Theatre

This grandiose opera arena has been declared one of the most beautiful opera houses in the world.

Porto Alegre, Brazil

Palácio do Comércio

Palácio do Comércio is not just a source of “architectural pride”, but a historical city-wide landmark.

Montreal, Canada

Notre-Dame Basilica

Not only was Notre-Dame the largest place of worship in North America for a half-decade (before New York’s St. Patrick’s Cathedral), it is perhaps (still) the most impressive church on the continent.

South Sardinia, Italy

Porto Flavia

A fanciful doorway hides a masterpiece of engineering.

Rajasthan, India

Samode Palace

Nearly 500 years of history embedded into its walls.

Tehran, Iran

Golestan Palace

Offering an array of gardens, royal buildings, and collections of Iranian crafts and European gifts, the Palace represents a spectrum of Iranian history and architecture that certified its place as a UNESCO World Heritage Site being one of Tehran’s oldest monuments.

Marrakesh, Morocco

Saadian Tombs

After being deliberately walled up in the 18th century, these royal tombs were rediscovered in 1917.

Ngong Ping, Hong Kong

Po Lin Monastery

Monastery on the outskirts of Hong Kong, home to one of the largest outdoor Buddhas in the world--111 feet tall, atop a 300-step climb up a mountain.

Salzburg, Austria

Schloss Hellbrunn

This Austrian palace is celebrated for its fountains and water tricks.

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Agra, India

Agra Fort

Totaling 94 acres, this massive fortress made of red sandstone was the former residence and capital city of India's medieval Mughal Dynasty.

Porto, Portugal

Igreja do Carmo

Azulejo-adorned Baroque church in Porto is home to a "hidden" next-door neighbor.

Medina, Saudi Arabia

Dhu al-Hulayfah Mosque

This mosque is believed to be the location where Muhammed prepared for his peaceful pilgrimage to Mecca.

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Subotica, Serbia

Raichle Palace

This Palace was built and owned by its architect, Ferenc Raichle.

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Venice, Italy

Teatro La Fenice

Venice's "The Phoenix" Theater has literally burned and risen from the ashes - multiple times.

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Knoxville, Tennessee, United States

Tennessee Theatre

Though billed as Knoxville’s “Grand Entertainment Palace,” the Tennessee Theatre has never actually housed any royal residents.

Carlisle, United Kingdom

The Pools

The Pools opened in 1909 with the finest tile work - which would become its saving grace.

San Diego, California, United States

Balboa Theater

Built in 1924, this storied theater was slated for demolition just three decades later.

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Rockford, Illinois, United States

Coronado Theatre

Once voted the “No. 1 Architectural Wonder of the United States”.

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Poznań, Poland

Collegium Maius

Now a school of medicine, this university can trace its roots back to a king.

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