A Look at the Most Iconic Buildings in the World

Throughout human history there have been ‘buildings’ that have literally captivated an entire culture and when going back to study the peoples from that region, nothing speaks more clearly of who they were than the architecture of their time and place. When studying for a master of arts in history online from another iconic institution, Rutgers University, one of the focus topics will always be a look at cultures through architecture of various periods within their civilization. Here are a few buildings that still draw tens of thousands of visitors to this day, many of which are literally centuries old.

The Louvre – One of France’s Most Cherished Relics

Even with the more recent addition of the glass pyramid, the Louvre continues to be one of the most interesting pieces of architecture to ever grace the world. Built originally in the 21th Century, and oddly as a museum, it is a museum today but there was a time in its history where it took a break from the watchful eye of civilization to become a royal residence. Added to by none other than Napoleon himself and restored by kings such as Louis XVIII and Charles X, it is a national treasure to the French and one they gladly share with the rest of the world.

The Sydney Opera House

What an odd bit of architecture the Sydney Opera House is and probably the center of many a heated discussion among students studying for a master of liberal arts online. Built in a series of joined ‘shells’ this building more resembles, to some, a conglomeration of sailboats, but the designer himself referred to the structure as shells and so, shells it is! Sitting in the harbor, it is accessible by water. Tourists flock here year after year to see its amazing lines and to hear concerts still performed in its famous band shells.

America’s Own Empire State Building

Where in the world is there a more iconic building than the Empire State Building that had held the world’s record as the tallest building in the world until 1972 when the World Trade Center’s North Tower was built. Designed by William F. Lamb, the Empire State Building was fashioned after the Reynolds Building that is still standing in Winston Salem, North Carolina and every year the employees of the Empire State Building celebrate Father’s Day by sending a card to their building’s own father, its role model, the Reynolds Building. That’s an interesting bit of trivia that might earn a player a spot on the TV show Jeopardy!

These are just three of the world’s most iconic buildings but they are enough to speak of the many great designers and architects that have perfectly depicted the culture of their time. Whether studied as part of an art class while in pursuit of a masters of liberal arts online or simply out of interest, they are among the most studied buildings in the entire world.

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