I love to observe the architecture as I travel from place to place. Obviously styles change over the years and , as a result, in many cases, architecture can be used to ascertain the age of a particular building. Gothic buildings, for instance, suggests that these structures date from the 12th to the 16th centuries.
Like anyone else, I have seen specific buildings and other structures which have fascinated me over the years for one reason or another, a fact which has led to this list of Gary’s favorite buildings in the world. Feel free to agree or disagree with my list and realize that this list will evolve over the years as long as I continue to travel.
Installment 7 — #’s 31-35
31. Municipal House, Prague, Czech Republic — This interesting building is the best example of Art Nouveau in Prague. The interior and exterior are both celebrated and much loved.
32. Neues Rathouse (New City Hall), Munich, Germany — This huge city hall, located on the main square of Munich’s Old Town, is built in the Gothic style so looks much older than it is.
33. Neuschwanstein, near Fussen, Germany — This fairy tale castle, built by “Mad” King Ludwig II, was an inspiration for the construction of Cinderella’s castle in Disneyland. It was never completed but still amazes millions of tourists annually.
34. Old State House, Boston, Massachusetts, USA — This beautiful brick building sits in the midst of skyscrapers in Boston’s Financial District. It has witnessed a considerable amount of history and is the starting point for national park tours of the Freedom Trail.
35. Oriental Pearl Tower, Shanghai, China — This unusual building which is prominently displayed on the Pudong, Shanghai’s Financial District, can be easily appreciated from the Bund, across the river.