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Taliesin West

No list of amazing architectural accomplishments would be complete without the name Frank Lloyd Wright on it. This winter home in Arizona is considered one of his most famous creations. Now a museum that’s open to the public, Taliesin West was Wright’s studio and finest desert masterpiece.

Wright’s famous integration of outdoors and indoors is best appreciated in this sprawling Scottsdale compound; the building is also the site of the Franklin Lloyd Wright School of Architecture offering undergraduate and graduate degrees to selected students.

 

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Great Accomplishments in Architecture

The Taj Mahal

Perhaps the greatest romantic gesture of all time, the Taj Mahal of India is possibly the most famous architectural accomplishment of all time.

Resting on the looking glass of the River Yamuna, the Taj Mahal is a Mughal Mausoleum in white marble of Persian design.

Shah Jahan commissioned the construction of the building as a monument of his love for his third wife, Mumtaz Mahal. She died during the birth of their fourteenth child.

It took 22 years to build and is one of the most arduous and expensive man-made creations of all time. Under rulings of the Shah, the name of the architect was never made known and is still one of the great mysteries in architecture.

Sumerian Ziggurat at Ur

The Sumerians are one of the oldest-known civilizations. by 2000BC, Sumerian cities were thriving centers of trade, banking, law-making, literature and learning, as well as epic architecture, with paved roads, monumental arches, and vast temple complexes. Very little archaeological evidence from their civilization remains: certainly nothing as impressive as the Ziggurat of Ur.

The Ziggurat of Ur is a huge, stepped, pyramid-like structure that is part of an enormous temple complex dedicated to the god Nanna. At the top of the Ziggurat was a small shrine to the god containing a golden couch. A different woman from the village would sleep there every night.

The Ziggurat had crumbled to ruins by the 6th century BC. Parts of it were reconstructed by Saddam Hussein.

 

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Leptis Magna, Libya

Forget the swarming tourist crowds of Rome, if you want to experience Roman architecture firsthand, head to Leptis Magna. This is the most unspoiled Roman city in the Mediterranean: founded in 1100BC by Phoenician colonists and traders, Leptis Magna became part of Carthage’s lands until 146BC, when it became part of the Roman Republic.

The forum, basilica and Severan arch are some of this city’s most impressive sights. They are some of the finest examples of New Roman architecture in the world, with dignified columns and unique linear forms demonstrating the combination of Roman sensibilities with African and Eastern aesthetics.

The ancient port, built under Nero and enlarged under Septimus Severus, demonstrates Roman industrial architecture. There are quays, jetties, fortifications, storage areas, warehouses and temples to ogle. Who knows how long they’re be around? 

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The six monasteries that make up Meteora are built 400m above the Peneas valley on top of a sandstone cliff. They are the most famous in the world of the Eastern Orthodox faith; built under impossible conditions, with no road to bring materials to and from the site, Meteora has flourished as a place of spiritual isolation and escape since the 14th century, and today still houses religious communities.

In the past, the only way to access the site was by scrambling up ladders that had been lashed together, or by being pulled up in a net. The rule followed by the monks who inhabited Meteora was that the rope holding the net would only be replaced when “God saw fit to break” the one currently in use, so you can imagine how dangerous this mode of transportation was at that time!

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The Red City of Petra

Hidden from modern civilization for hundreds of years, the city of Petra was rediscovered in the early 1800s by an intrepid European traveler (who was travelling on a camel just like this one).

Built by the Nabateans—an advanced society who controlled a vast area from Israel and Jordan to the northern Arabian peninsula—Petra was their capital city between 400BC-AD106, when they were conquered by the Romans.

What makes this great city truly remarkable is the fact that each of its monumental structures has been hewn directly from the surrounding cliffs. Veins of red, white, pink and grey rock run through the buildings.

You can see a mixture of Nabatean and Greco-Roman architectural elements on the buildings, showing the influence of the different cultures throughout the ancient world, but the most magnificent is Al Khazneh (The Treasury), infamous for its appearance in the film Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.

The great urn on top of the Treasury is riddled with bullet holes from local bedouin men shooting at it with rifles in an attempt to get at the treasure inside. The urn is actually solid stone.

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Chand Baori, India

For some reason, this beautiful and intricate structure never seems to make any “best of the ancient world” lists. Chand Baori well is one of the most architecturally fascinating structures of the ancient world; built around the 10th century AD, the well extends 100 feet below the earth, making it one of the world’s deepest wells.

Local legend has it that ghosts built the steep-sided well and its 3,500 steps in a single night, which is one way to explain how a structure was built with such precision and complexity given the tools of the time!

The well is designed to be 5-6 degrees cooler than the surrounding area, so locals gather there to escape the intense heat. Modern architects have often taken inspiration from the patterns in the symmetrical staircases lining the well’s sides—and we understand why!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sagrada Familia

The greatest feat of famed architect, Antonio Gaudi, Sagrada Familia is the most visited site in Barcelona, Spain and work on it began over 100 years ago in 1882. It will not be fully realized for another several decades.

This building of epic proportions and sweeping towers has been praised and criticized due to its hulking mass and its unimagined cost, but Barcelona city officials and its historic society are dedicated to the completion of this masterpiece, nevertheless.

Underground Churches, Lalibela, Ethiopia

In the mountainous region of Ethiopia lies the village of Lalibela: once the heart of Ethiopian Christianity and one of the nation’s holiest cities.

The eleven monolithic stone churches of Lalibela have one remarkable feature in common, it’s that they are all carved out of the same block of red granite. Dates for their construction are uncertain, but believed they are thought to date back to the 12th and 13th century.

The roofs of the churches are at ground level, and their geographic placement is designed to mimic the holy sites in Jerusalam. All the churches are connected via a series of underground tunnels and tombs. They also incorporate an advanced water collection and catchment system that brings water to the village at the top of the mountain. The largest structure, the Biete Medhana Alem, is believed to be the largest church in the world that is cut from a rock.