The world’s must-see structures

August 12, 2014 |

When you’re planning late-summer vacation getaways, you might not be sure of where to go. There aren’t too many things more awe-inspiring than seeing some of the man-made structures standing hundreds of feet in the air in different cities across the globe.

Must-see buildings

For your next vacation, consider heading to one of the world’s most famous buildings for a detailed look at what makes them so magnificent:

The Pantheon
This ancient Roman structure stands in Rome and dates back to the first century. It’s thousands of years old and features large Corinthian columns, a beautiful rotunda and stands at 142 feet tall. It’s one of the most well-preserved ancient Roman structure and a sight you’ll want to add to your bucket list.

Chartres Cathedral
This awe-inducing church offers the perfect combination of sculpture, architecture and art in one structure. There are stained-glass windows and the architectural masterpiece is located just to the southwest of Paris.

St. Paul’s Cathedral
The church is one of the most iconic buildings in London and sits on the highest point in the city. The dome is the largest in the world and the cathedral’s history dates by to the year 604.

Petronas Towers
For a more modern experience, head to the Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The two buildings stand at more than 557 feet tall and were the tallest in the world from 1998 to 2004.

The White House
For a domestic adventure, head to the White House, one of the most well-known residences in the world. The mansion was constructed in 1793 and has been the home to all of the country’s presidents since John Adams.

St. Basil’s Cathedral
This unique building may be the most recognizable site in Moscow. The church is meant to resemble that of a flame as it rises into the sky. It’s history dates back to 1554 when it was commissioned during Ivan IV’s reign.

Empire State Building
This building is the most famous in New York City. The Art Deco structure was once the tallest in the world and was completed in a little more than a year. It’s also one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World.

Burj Khalifa
​It’s the tallest building in the world and stands at nearly 2,625 feet tall. Burj Khalifa is located in Dubai and has 163 floors. It took six years to complete the last four floors of the building, but an observation deck at the top will give you the highest view in the world. You can see the ocean and desert as you look out from floor to ceiling glass windows and even use telescopes to see the ground below.