0 21 breathtaking buildings you should see in your life time (21 HQ Photos) BY BEN 8/13/2014 IN: ARCHITECTURE, BEAUTIFUL, HIGH-RES 1 After the Empire State Building opened in 1931, it was the world’s tallest building for almost 40 years. It still attracts lots of attention, even from the sky. 2 Completed in 1561, St. Basil’s Cathedral in Moscow is now a part of Russian national identity. 3 Construction started on la Sagrada Família in Barcelona in 1882. While surreally breathtaking, the cathedral is still being built. 4 Contrary to what you might think, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Rio de Janeiro is not, in fact, a spaceship. 5 Designed by Mies van der Rohe, the Farnsworth House near Plano, Illinois, is the epitome of Modernist elegance. 6 Everybody in Beijing has a special name for the CCTV Headquarters: ‘big boxer shorts.’ 7 Frank Lloyd Wright’s residential masterpiece Fallingwater is nestled in Stewart Township, Pennsylvania. 8 Mont St. Michel in Normandy, France, is as rugged as it is beautiful. 9 Notice the incredible harmony between the Golden Temple in Kyoto, Japan, and the ‘Muromachi’-style garden surrounding it. 10 The Bradbury Building is the oldest landmarked building in Los Angeles, constructed back in 1893. 11 The Burj Khalifa in Dubai, UAE, is the world’s tallest building, standing at 2,717 feet. 12 The City of Arts and Sciences in Valencia, Spain, houses an aquarium, an opera house, and an IMAX theatre all in one. 13 The Dancing House in Prague was originally known as ‘Fred and Ginger’ for the way it resembles Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers as they burn down a dance floor. 14 The Golden Temple in Amritsar, India, is the center of the Sikh religious tradition. 15 The Great Mosque in Djenne, Mali, is the largest mud structure in the world. 16 The Great Pyramid of Giza (center) in Egypt is the elder statesman of great buildings. Egyptologists estimate it was built between 2560–2540 BC. 17 The Hundertwasser House in Vienna, Austria, is named for the hippie-genius who designed it: Friedensreich Regentag Dunkelbunt Hundertwasser. 18 The legendary architect Christopher Wren designed St Paul’s Cathedral, arguably the center of London. It opened in 1708. 19 The Süleymaniye Mosque presides over Istanbul like the sultan its named for, Süleyman the Magnificent. 20 Tiger’s Nest Monastery in Bhutan is perched 10,000 feet above sea level. 21 You can see why the National Center for the Performing Arts in Beijing gets its nickname, ‘The Egg.’ Images Via Business Insider SIGN UP FOR NEWSLETTER! SUBSCRIBE Thanks!