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 2 — #’s 6-10
6. Barndenburg Gate, Berlin, Germany — Besides being a beautiful piece of architecture, the Brandenburg Gate has witnessed a tremendous amount of recent history, including John F Kennedy’s “Ich bin ein Berliner!” speech.
7. Breakers, Newport, Rhode Island, USA — Once the summer home of Cornelius Vanderbilt during the Victorian Era when Newport was the most fashionable vacation place in the United States, the Breakers is now owned and operated by the Preservation Society of Newport County. People from all over the world come here to gaze at the opulence and over-the-top luxury of a by-gone time in American History.
8. Castel Sant ‘Angelo, Rome, Italy — The ashes of the Roman Emperor Hadrian are interred in this extremely elaborate mausoleum along the Tiber River. More recently, the building featured prominently in one of Dan Brown’s novels.
9. Catherine Palace, Pushkin, near St Petersburg, Russia — This is one of the most elegant and ornate palaces in the world. It is especially noteworthy because it contains the “Amber Room,” an incredible salon whose walls are made of amber.
10. CN Tower, Toronto, Ontario, Canada — Recognized the world over as a symbol of Toronto, the Canadian National Tower is one of the tallest free-standing structures in the world.