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 8 — #’s 36-40
36. Pantheon, Rome, Italy — This is one of my most favorite buildings in the world and certainly my favorite ancient building. The Pantheon was built in the 1st Century AD and is remarkably well-preserved, especially inside. It was built as a temple to all gods and is still used for worship today.
37. Parliament Building, Budapest, Hungary — This exquisite building sits prominently on the Buda side of the Danube River, just below Buda Castle.
38. Parliament Building, London, England — London’s famous parliament building sits prominently on the Thames River. It is punctuated by St Stephen’s Tower, which contains the famous bell, Big Ben.
39. Parliament Building, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada — Victoria, the most British city in Canada, features this lovely parliament building, located directly on the inner harbor of this dynamic city.
40. Parthenon, Athens, Greece — The most prominent building on the Athenian Acropolis and one of the most celebrated architectural achievements in the history of mankind, the Parthenon is truly spectacular despite the fact that much of the building is in ruins.