The world is full amazing wonders and what is even greater is that so many of these awesome creations are man-made. These are the Top 10 most iconic building from across the globe.
10. Hagia Sophia – Istanbul, Turkey
Started in 532, this pile of Ashlar and brick was created to be an Eastern Orthodox Cathedral for the Byzantine Empire. It was completed in 537 and inaugurated in 360 at a height of 180ft, 240ft wide, and 269ft long. It is know used as a museum by the Turkish Government and prohibited for use as a mosque or church.
9. The Louvre – Paris, France
This iconic art gallery was established in 1793, although it was built in the 12th century as a fortress, during the French Revolution. It is visited by over 8 million people every year and it is the location of the famous Mona Lisa, among many other renowned pieces.
8. Burj Al Arab – Dubai
Definitely the newest building on the list, sail-styled luxury hotel started construction in 1994 and was completed 5 years later. It is maintains the title of the fourth tallest hotel in the world at 1,053 ft. Costing a whopping $650 million, the Burj Al Arab is 60 floors and has 202 rooms varying from $11,000 to $27,000 a night.
7. Sydney Opera House – Sydney, Australia
For big fans of Finding Nemo, this is one of the most iconic building on the list and is one of the world’s greatest opera houses. Construction occurred from 1959 to 1973 and costed $102 million dollars to make.
6. Empire State Building – New York, USA
After the Statue of Liberty, the Empire State building is the structure that represents New York City and was the world’s tallest building from 1931 to 1972 at 1,454 ft to the tip. Construction of this incredible landmark was relatively quick, from 1929 to 1931 and costing almost $41 million dollars. It has 73 elevators to navigate its 102 floors and sees millions of visitors each year to gaze over the NYC skyline.