Cities can become famous for their history, desirable lifestyles, or cultural offerings. Some, however, are world-renowned for a unique architecture that draws visitors and praise in equal numbers.
Below are eight of the acknowledged best architecture cities in the world, many of which have a vibrant cityscape that’s impossible to forget.
- Barcelona, SpainCelebrated for its Catalan Modernism, Barcelona has a variety of stunning and historic buildings for tourists and architecture fans alike. Modernism put Catalonia on an equal architectural standing with European’s other leading cities and led to the
development of its own particular style. Examples include Valencia’s Central Market and the Castell dels Tres Dragons, built circa 1888 by Lluís Domènech i Montaner.
- Tel Aviv, IsraelBauhaus architecture was a leading movement in Israel after several German Jewish architects moved there to escape the Nazis. Also known as the ‘White City’, many of the surviving buildings in Tel Aviv have been UNESCO-recognised as World Cultural Heritage
sites, due to their having some of the best architecture of their style.
- Miami, FloridaThe Art Deco historic district in Miami Beach has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places. It has over 800 pastel-coloured buildings remaining, all of them magnificent examples of the opulent architectural style of the 1920s and 930s.
- Hanoi, VietnamFrench occupation of Vietnam from 1873 until 1954 resulted in a heavy influence on the country’s architecture, especially in Hanoi. Elegant examples of French colonial architecture helped transform Hanoi into a modern city, and even today tourists flock
to the city to gaze at some of the best architecture in this genre, which includes the famous Hotel Metropole and the Hanoi Opera House.