The Powerball is over $1 Billion! So, naturally, I am planning my life if I were to win on Wednesday! I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to share with you the places I would want to visit, based on their architecture! Heck, with that much money, I might buy a house in each of these cities!
Dubai – This city is overflowing with amazing architecture. Standing 2,723-feet tall, the Burj Khalifa is just one reason why Dubai is a popular spot to visit. Other examples of amazing architecture include the Burj Al Arab and The World (an artificial archipelago made to resemble a world map).
Berlin – I was born in Germany, but moved to the United States before I turned 3. So I have no memory of all of the great places my parents took me. I really want to return to my homeland! Some of the places I would visit in Berlin include” Reichstag, Potsdamer Platz’s Sony Center, Altes Museum and Das Rotes Rathaus.
Chicago – I have actually already been to Chicago, but stayed for less than 24 hours. I didn’t see anything except my hotel and Aragon Ballroom (where I saw Big Gigantic on New Years Eve in 2013). There are so many amazing spots in the Windy City: The Could Gate and Willis Tower, to name a few. Chicago is also home to the great Frank Lloyd Wright. You can take a tour of his home and see where he came up with his masterpieces.
Beijing – Another one-of-a-kind architectural landmark I have to see is The Great Wall of China in Beijing. Architects started building the wall during the 7th century BC. Today, millions of tourists travel to see this marvelous wonder. Other great places to visit are the Birds Nest (National Stadium) and the Forbidden City.
Rome – Although the Romans adopted aspects of ancient Greek architecture, Rome, Italy still made my list. Not to mention I was raised Catholic and this is The Holy City! Some of the best architectural sites include the Colosseum, Aqueducts, the Pantheon, Temple of Vesta, the Vatican and Baths of Caracalla.
Athens – I wouldn’t miss the world-renowned ruins in Athens, Greece. A trip to this city would be like a trip back in time as I marvel at the works of numerous Athenian sculptors and architects. Some notable landmarks include The Temple of Athena, Parthenon, and Temple of Poseidon.
Barcelona – I have always been completely obsessed with Spain. It looks like a fairy tale! One area that sticks out is Park Guell, because of its multi-colored tile-style and unique shaped roofs and windows. Our friend is a master roofer who’s actually done styles like this for clients in North America, even though the architect Antoni Gaudi originally created these buildings. You can check out SWS Roofing if you ever wanted to see his other designs (our friend, the roofer – not the architect). Other great structures by Gaudi are the Casa Batllo and La Pedrera.
Paris – No list of architectural cities would be complete without Paris! There is an amazing site on almost every corner! Here are a few that I would like to see: Notre Dame Cathedral, Eiffel Tower, The Louvre Pyramid, La Grande Arche de la Defense, Centre Georges Pompidou, the Arch de Triophe and Sacre Couer Basilica.
Istanbul – Growing up, Aladdin was one of my favorite movies. I always thought the buildings looked so unique, and there were so many colors! Istanbul, Turkey has buildings similar to the ones in Aladdin. The Hagia Sophia, Column of Constantine and Sultan Ahmed Mosque are wondrous sites to behold.
Cairo – Pyramids are the oldest examples of architecture. The Great Pyramid of Giza is the oldest and largest pyramid. It is the oldest of the Seven Wonders of the World and the only one that remains intact! Other great things to see in Cairo include the Cairo Tower, City Stars Cairo, International Stadium, Cairo Opera House, Yocoubian Building and Sultan Hassan Mosque.