Top 5 Destinations for Architecture Geeks

Calling all future Frank Lloyd Wrights! Do you marvel at the wrought iron lattice curvature of the Eiffel Tower? Do you view the Egyptian pyramids as masterworks of masonry (as opposed to “giant triangles in the desert”)? If you aspire to be the next great architect, here are five travel destinations that will surely have a profound effect on the way you envision your future creations:

1. Athens, Greece

Oh, those columns – and they’re everywhere! For architectural mavens, visiting Athens is a must, as the city features some of the most iconic ancient structures you’ll find anywhere in the world. The Parthenon is one of many classical Grecian temples still standing, which include those dedicated to Greek gods Zeus, Hephaestus, and Athena Nike. Visit these sites – along with the ancient Acropolis citadel – to truly understand Greek architecture’s historical and cultural significance.

2. Giza, Egpyt

Not merely triangles! Historians are still unsure of how exactly these ancient landmarks were built, as there were no cranes or elevators to lift construction workers and materials in 2500 B.C. Knowing that the pyramids were built without such technology make these structures even more impressive. Built to enshrine the mummies of Egyptian royalty, the pyramids now attract over three million visitors to Giza a year. You can even go inside some of them during your visit.

3. Paris, France

An extremely important destination for future architects. You’ll want to stay here at least a week to absorb all the styles of architecture featured here (French Baroque, Art Deco, Classical Revival, Art Nouveau), embodied by some of the most famous buildings in the world. Visit the Eiffel Tower during the day and at night to get a true sense of its majesty. Wander among the ornate cathedrals of Paris, the birthplace of Gothic architecture. Take a few moments to appreciate the glass Louvre pyramid before going inside the museum, and linger underneath the skylights of the Grand Palais. On second thought, a week probably isn’t enough to fully appreciate the architectural haven that is Paris. Aspiring architects should stay here for a semester abroad.

4. Rome, Italy

Rome’s famous Colosseum is one of the most popular replicated structures in Minecraft. It’s the largest amphitheater ever built, and its circular façade reaches over one-hundred-and-fifty feet in height. During ancient Rome, over fifty thousand spectators would come here to witness gladiatorial battles, public executions, animal hunts, and mythology plays. Come for the Colosseum; stay for the temples, basilicas, and palazzos. The Leaning Tower of Pisa is only a train ride away.

5. Sydney, Australia

Darling Harbour provides an amazing vantage point to witness the diversity of Sydney’s architecture. You can see the arching Harbour Bridge, the gleaming skyscrapers of the central business district, and the breathtaking sails of the Sydney Opera House, all from one place. The Opera House’s unique, modern expressionist design demands an up-close visit; you can also tour the inside of the facility. In the heart of this city, contemporary structures mingle with 19th-century buildings, which still house working banks and government offices. Sydney’s hybrid of historical and modern landmarks is sure to please architectural buffs from around the globe.

An in-person visit to one of these destinations is sure to inspire an outpouring of creativity for many future architects. Bon voyage!

About the author:

Dana Silverman credits her passion for travel to Girl Scouts, which provided her with amazing opportunities to attend summer camps throughout the United States during her childhood. She’s lived in Australia and New Zealand, and she’s planning a trip to Japan around her appreciation for the country’s cuisine and temples.