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Architecture is concerned with the design and construction of buildings. The architecture of a place is often a tourist attraction in its own right. Some consider buildings beautiful to look at while others consider the view from a tall building to be a beauty to behold.
Historic buildings often tell their own story and provide a place with a heritage that asks the visitor to find out more.
Great Wall of China
Some buildings are unique....
Leaning Tower of Pisa
Cathederals, temples and other places of worship have, until recently, been among the most notable and longest lasting forms of architecture.
Bodhgaya, Bihar State, India - the site where Shakyamuni Buddha gained enlightenment.
The Great Stupa of
Bodhnath', Kathmandu - the heart of Vajrayana Buddhism in Nepal.
There are a large number of buildings for civic or governmental purposes. These include:
Seats of Government
Transportation Centres such as railway stations and airports
Around the world, commemorative structures are amongst the most notable tourist attractions. For example:
Building the tallest building in the world is every architect's dream (or perhaps nightmare) project, as it will eventually be topped by an even taller structure.
Taipei 101, Taipei, Taiwan (Built 2004) 101 storeys 509m
Petronas Tower 1, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (Built 1998) 88 storeys 452m
Petronas Tower 2, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (Built 1998) 88 storeys 452m
Sears Tower, Chicago (Built 1974) 110 storeys 442m
Jin Mao Building, Shanghai (Built 1999) 88 storeys 421m
Two International Finance Centre, Hong Kong (Built 2003) 88 storeys 415m
CITIC Plaza, Guangzhou, China (Built 1996) 80 storeys 391m
Shun Hing Square, Shenzhen, China (Built 1996) 69 storeys 384m
Empire State Building, New York (Built 1931) 102 storeys 381m
Central Plaza, Hong Kong (Built 1992) 78 storeys 374m
CN Tower, Toronto, Canada (Built 1975) 553m
Ostankino Tower, Moscow, Russia (Built 1967) 537m
Oriental Pearl Tower, Shanghai, China (Built 1995) 468m
Sky Tower, Auckland, New Zealand (Built 1997) 328m - Tallest in southern hemisphere.
Sydney Tower, at Centrepoint, Sydney, Australia (Built 1981) 305m
Eiffel Tower, Paris, France (Built 1889) 300m - when built, 324m with TV antenna.