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Jul242013

Five breath-taking buildings

Architecture can tell a story of history whilst its aesthetics can create an atmosphere of a place and define it. A city’s architecture says much about what sort of place it was and what sort of place it wants to be. Stunning architecture will linger in our minds after visiting a place, so here we’ve found five breath-taking buildings from around the world to inspire your travels.

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The General Assembly Library- Wellington, New Zealand

The library is the oldest part of the New Zealand Parliament Buildings in the city. Originally established in Auckland, the library was transported to Wellington in 1865 and was renowned for the important collection of documents that lay behind its walls.

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The Beijing Opera House- Beijing, China

Colloquially known as the egg, the opera house is a national centre for performing arts. It seats 2,398 people and is magnificent both inside and out. Designed in the shape of an egg, or a water droplet, the artificial lake before it reflects its curves with perfect symmetry, enhancing its overall splendour. 

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The Galleria Umberto- Napoli, Italy

The Galleria Umberto is a shopping centre in Napoli. Built in 1887–1891, shopping becomes a visual delight; walking beneath the arching glass ceiling, shoppers can admire the ancient stone carvings as they browse the shop windows.

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Taj Mahal- Agra, India

Any list of beautiful buildings would be incomplete without the famous Taj Mahal- a sight not to be missed when visiting India. One of the Seven wonders of the World, it was built by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in mourning of his late wife, who died giving birth to their fourteenth child. 

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The Palacio de Bellas Artes- Mexico City, Mexico

The Palacio de Bellas Artes, or the Palace of Fine Arts, was built in 1910 and is the most important cultural centre in Mexico’s capital and country as a whole. The architecture combines both Art Deco and Art Nouveau styles and the interior is adorned with sculptures. It is a landmark building in the city and attracts roughly 10000 visitors a week.

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By Camilla James

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