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 6 — #’s 26-30
26. Leeds Castle, Kent, England — Without question one of the world’s most beautiful and well-preserved castles, Leeds has impecccable grounds, an obligatory moat and graceful, classic styling, all of the important ingredients in castle-loving.
27. Luxor Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA — Certainly over-the-top, as everything seems to be in Las Vegas, the Luxor epitomizes the “Sin City” mindset — take a well-known concept or location, copy it and elaborate on it.
28. Melk Abbey, Melk, Austria — The quintessence of Baroque architecture, the Melk Abbey prominently displays its magnificence on a ridge above the town of Melk, on the Danube River.
29. Monticello, Charlottesville, Virginia, USA — Monticello was designed and lovingly constructed by the third US President, Thomas Jefferson. His home and perhaps greatest project combined his love for the Classical with his interest in utilitarian architecture.
30. Mont-St-Michel Abbey, Mont-St-Michel, France — Mont-St-Michel is one of the most unique constructions in the world. The town and abbey were built on an offshore rock so that the result appears to rise from the water in glory.