6 Cool Travel Destinations For Architecture Lovers To Visit In 2020
The best way to see the world’s architectural marvels is to visit them in person, so grab your passport and book a trip to one of these amazing destinations if you have a hankering for a spot of building-based bliss this year.
While ultramodern architecture tends to grab all of the headlines, if you are looking for a more traditional type of design that speaks to the opulence of bygone eras, the principality of Monaco is definitely worth adding to your list.
Monte Carlo is undoubtedly the best place to visit if you want to bask in the beauty of the coastline it shares with the French Riviera while also seeing some of the most fabulous hotels and casinos that Europe has to offer.
The Casino de Monte-Carlo itself is the most evocative of the bunch, having featured in several films in the James Bond franchise as well as being used as inspiration for Ian Fleming’s original novels. Of course if you do not want to actually get dressed up and enter this exclusive casino, you can always admire the architecture from outside while playing Casumo casino games on your phone.
In contrast to Monte Carlo, the architecture of Singapore is cutting edge and futuristic, to the point that visitors may feel like they have stepped onto the set of a science fiction film rather than living, breathing city.
The Gardens by the Bay is one of the most visually striking creations that it has to offer, consisting of expansive parkland dotted with weird and wonderful structures, including the world’s largest greenhouse.
The Helix Bridge is another must-see architectural attraction of Singapore, with its 280 metre span stretching in an arcing curve and consisting of intertwined metal strands that evoke the structure of DNA.
Every year millions of people flock to this vibrant Spanish city to see some of the astoundingly unique works of famed architect Antoni Gaudi.
The Temple Expiatori de la Sagrada Familia is the most popular of these and is still being built, in spite of the fact that work began all the way back in 1882.
There are plenty of other less well known Gaudi buildings, including the Casa Battlo, Park Guell and the Colegio Teresiano de Barcelona, so if you want to avoid the crowds you can take your pick on your trip.
Ancient architecture abounds in the Greek capital, with buildings that have stood for thousands of years still managing to tower over the tourists that visit them.
From the imposing, awe-inspiring remnants of the Parthenon to temples to various gods including Zeus and Hephaestus, Athens is the place to visit if you are eager to see architecture that is imbued with history.
The Vietnamese city of Hanoi is a place bursting with colour and life, as well as a surprising variety of architectural styles to enjoy.
As well as being able to see traditional designs and building techniques on display, it is also the ideal destination to get a glimpse of some amazing French Colonial structures, such as the main Opera House and the Presidential Palace.
If you are looking for breath-taking architecture that is unashamedly contemporary, then the desert city of Dubai in the United Arab Emirates will satisfy your curiosity.
From the eye-watering height of the Burj Khalifa to the monumental achievement of the Palm Island archipelago megastructure, everything seems bigger in Dubai and there is a dose of luxury in almost every aspect of the city, earning it a serious reputation on the international travel scene.
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