More than 4 billion people live in urban areas globally. It’s now projected that by 2050, more than two-thirds of the world population will live in urban areas. So no wonder we pay more importance to the buildings and structures around us.

And among countless poorly executed, dysfunctional, and aesthetically nauseating architecture examples (just take a look at our previous post with architecture so bad it got shamed by people), there are some gems that landed in this list.

From vertical gardens to incredible brickwork, and anything that combines function, creativity, skill and complements the surrounding area in a beautiful way, there’s a real feast for your eyes. Scroll down through the examples of architects outdoing themselves, and upvote your favorite ones! Psst! Part 1 of this post awaits right here.

#1

This Vertical Garden Located In Madrid, Spain

This Vertical Garden Located In Madrid, Spain

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Abhinc
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2 months ago

Patrick Blanc, a french botanist who works at the French National Centre for Scientific Research, where he specializes in plants from tropical forests, invented vertical gardens or green walls. the biggest vertical garden worldwide is in Bogota, Colombia. https://www.murvegetalpatrickblanc.com/

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Entrance Gate Of The St. Petersburg Mosque, Russia. Designed By Architect Nikolai Vasilyev

Entrance Gate Of The St. Petersburg Mosque, Russia. Designed By Architect Nikolai Vasilyev

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Tomas Holicka
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2 months ago

That's amazing, makes one think of Isfahan, Iran.

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Apartment Building In Turin Holds 150 Trees

Apartment Building In Turin Holds 150 Trees

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Edda Kamphues
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2 months ago

Reminds me of the Hundertwasser Haus in Vienna, but greener.

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When you think of architectural wonders, you think of the beautiful Sydney Opera House, the Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris (partially destroyed by a huge fire accident in 2019), The Guggenheim, New York City or La Sagrada Familia, Barcelona. These architectural icons deservedly land on t-shirts and coffee mugs that tourists bring home along with their great memories.

In many cases, however, such iconic examples that shaped modern architecture and gave new meanings to how generations of the past century saw the spaces they live and spend time in are rather rare. In reality, mass urbanization is exploding around the world, meaning that around 50% of the 7 plus billion people on this planet have moved to cities. And this number will almost certainly increase to around 80% by 2050.

#4

Matsumoto Castle, Matsumoto, Japan, Late 16th Century

Matsumoto Castle, Matsumoto, Japan, Late 16th Century

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Brian Brown
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2 months ago (edited)

This is an amazing sight

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Eltz Castle Is Located In Wierschem, Germany And Has Been Owned And Occupied By The Same Family For Over 850 Years...

Eltz Castle Is Located In Wierschem, Germany And Has Been Owned And Occupied By The Same Family For Over 850 Years...

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Jyri Hakola
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2 months ago

And for some curious reason the head of the same family looks still as young as he looked 850 years ago ? ;)

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Mont Saint Michel In France

Mont Saint Michel In France

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Serial pacifist
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2 months ago

Sky castle. Jack took the photo from the top of the magic bean.

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And there are many threats that come with urbanization, from pollution and uncollected waste to social inequality and greater poverty, with local governments unable to provide services for all people. Since there are so many more people living in urban areas, the housing problem is another key problem in big cities where the prices of real estate are affordable for the very small fraction of society with higher than average income.

No wonder, these days, cities are packed with utilitarian apartment slabs with unrelieved gridded façades, infill condo housing that looks as if it's been trucked in from the suburbs, and a grim precast concrete retirement home that takes up a whole block. You wish nobody had built them. Dystopian architecture has been captivating people’s imagination, making them fear a scenario where modernism went wrong. What if it already has?

#7

The 17th Century Shah Jahan Mosque In Pakistan, Notable For Its Geometric Brick Work

The 17th Century Shah Jahan Mosque In Pakistan, Notable For Its Geometric Brick Work

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K. Lange
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2 months ago

wow

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#8

Sumela Monastery, A Greek Orthodox Monastery Originally Established Around Ad 386 Nestled In A Steep Cliff At An Altitude Of 1200 Meters, Trabzon Province, Turkey

Sumela Monastery, A Greek Orthodox Monastery Originally Established Around Ad 386 Nestled In A Steep Cliff At An Altitude Of 1200 Meters, Trabzon Province, Turkey

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Otter
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2 months ago

My sympathies to the local delivery drivers.

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#9

Fort Bourtange, Netherlands

Fort Bourtange, Netherlands

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Otter
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2 months ago

Designed for medieval warfare rather than looks, yet absolutely stunning!

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Bored Panda spoke with Lisa Yaszek, a Regents Professor of Science Fiction Studies at Georgia Tech, who said that dystopian and brutal architecture we often see in megacities captivates our imagination because it reminds us of the images of dystopian science fiction cities that we’ve seen on the big screen for a century.

“The cities featured in movies such as Fritz Lang’s Metropolis (1927), George Lucas’s THX-II38 (1971), Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner (1982), and Steven Spielberg’s Ready Player One (2018) all have a very distinctive look,” Lisa said.

The professor explained that such architectural dystopias have a very distinctive look. They are vertical dystopias rendered in dull, industrial-colored palettes (the colors of concrete, steel, rust, and smoke, with an occasional shot of neon); they are marked by either the total absence or total contamination of nature; and they are completely out of scale to the humans who live in them.”

#10

Gloucester Cathedral

Gloucester Cathedral

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Brian Brown
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2 months ago

Such detail

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#11

This Cafe In Czech Republic

This Cafe In Czech Republic

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Brian Brown
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2 months ago

This is where I would have all my secret meetings

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#12

Arnavutköy, A Neighborhood Away From Istanbul’s Touristic Hustle

Arnavutköy, A Neighborhood Away From Istanbul’s Touristic Hustle

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Brian Brown
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2 months ago

this is pleasant to look at.

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Moreover, Lisa added that “the scale of science fiction dystopias reminds us of the gap between rich and poor, with the rich literally at the top of skyscrapers while the poor huddle underground or at street level, trying not to be crushed under the weight of the dystopian city and its crumbling infrastructure,” she explained. It makes you wonder whether we already live a science fictional dream?

#13

From The Middle Kingdom

From The Middle Kingdom

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Otter
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2 months ago

Sometimes I dream about impossible and beautiful places that are part natural and part man-made, like great caves sculpted into strange forms. This seems to be right out of one of those dreams.

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#14

Writer's Museum, Edinburgh, In The Fog

Writer's Museum, Edinburgh, In The Fog

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K. Lange
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2 months ago

I love this city! When you are there, visit Mary King's Close

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#15

This 325-Year-Old Tree Was Utilized In The Building Design When Authorities In Turkey Would Not Allow For Its Removal

This 325-Year-Old Tree Was Utilized In The Building Design When Authorities In Turkey Would Not Allow For Its Removal

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Edda Kamphues
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2 months ago

Yessss, everyone should do this! Integrate, not chop down.

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#16

Buildings By Freddy Mamani In El Alto, Bolivia

Buildings By Freddy Mamani In El Alto, Bolivia

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Otter
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2 months ago

It's like Art Deco in drag!

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#17

Spitzhäuschen, A Narrow Half-Timbered House Built In 1416 Located In Bernkastel-Kues, Germany

Spitzhäuschen, A Narrow Half-Timbered House Built In 1416 Located In Bernkastel-Kues, Germany

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Daria Z
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2 months ago

Like a fairy tale 😍

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#18

The Burnt Farm Cottage Built With Red Brick In The 1840s, Borough Of Broxbourne, Hertfordshire, Southern England

The Burnt Farm Cottage Built With Red Brick In The 1840s, Borough Of Broxbourne, Hertfordshire, Southern England

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A A
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2 months ago

Looks like something out of a fairy tale.... Very beautiful

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The Interior Of Barcelona's Sagrada Família, Designed By Antoni Gaudí. Construction Began In 1882- And It's Still Not Finished. It's Expected To Be Completed By 2026, Just In Time For The 100th Anniversary Of Gaudí's Death

The Interior Of Barcelona's Sagrada Família, Designed By Antoni Gaudí. Construction Began In 1882- And It's Still Not Finished. It's Expected To Be Completed By 2026, Just In Time For The 100th Anniversary Of Gaudí's Death

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Abhinc
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2 months ago

Antoni Gaudí is a pure genius !!! every single detail is thought and meaningful !!

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#20

Shah-I-Zinda Necropolis In Samarkand, Uzbekistan

Shah-I-Zinda Necropolis In Samarkand, Uzbekistan

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Tamra Stiffler
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2 months ago

All those shades of blue...just stunning.

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#21

Ryazan, Russia

Ryazan, Russia

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Brian Brown
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2 months ago

this is cute

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#22

Art Nouveau Architecture Of A House Built In The 1880's In Brussels, Belgium

Art Nouveau Architecture Of A House Built In The 1880's In Brussels, Belgium

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Otter
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2 months ago

It's boarded up? Why hasn't someone bought that place, and made it into the period treasure it was mean to be?

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#23

Front Of House, Back Of House. Dubbed "The Mullet House"

Front Of House, Back Of House. Dubbed "The Mullet House"

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Brian Brown
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2 months ago

Great name for this place and even great secret. That is awesome.

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#24

19th Century Victorian Gothic Cottage Framed By The Arch Of The Gatehouse At Holly Village, Highgate, North London, UK

19th Century Victorian Gothic Cottage Framed By The Arch Of The Gatehouse At Holly Village, Highgate, North London, UK

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Brian Brown
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2 months ago

I can imagine walking through this gateway into another world....

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#25

The Zip Building, Milan

The Zip Building, Milan

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Abhinc
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2 months ago (edited)

art installation by british artist Alex Chinneck on Via Tortona for the duration of Milan design week 2019 ... sourcing artists would be highly appreciated ! thank you. not only because it's interesting but also out of respect for them

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#26

The Ark Of Bukhara Is A Fortress Located In Uzbekistan

The Ark Of Bukhara Is A Fortress Located In Uzbekistan

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Brian Brown
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2 months ago (edited)

This is astounding. I would love to see this in person.

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#27

Egypt

Egypt

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Jo Johannsen
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2 months ago

Almost looks like a sand castle. Hold back the tide!

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Capt James Taylor House, A 1892 Queen Anne Victorian In Marine City, St. Clair County, Michigan

Capt James Taylor House, A 1892 Queen Anne Victorian In Marine City, St. Clair County, Michigan

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Raven Sheridan
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2 months ago

My dream house! 😍

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#29

Fisherman's Bastion, Budapest, Hungary

Fisherman's Bastion, Budapest, Hungary

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Jo Johannsen
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2 months ago

Beautiful architecture, gorgeous photograph.

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#30

Edinburgh Castle And Its Half Moon Battery Seen From The Vennel Steps In The Old Town, Edinburgh, Scotland

Edinburgh Castle And Its Half Moon Battery Seen From The Vennel Steps In The Old Town, Edinburgh, Scotland

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AnnaBanana
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2 months ago

Can't wait to visit Scotland!

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#31

Ribbon Chapel In Onomichi, Japan

Ribbon Chapel In Onomichi, Japan

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Brian Brown
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2 months ago

Oh that is cool!

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#32

Burg Hochosterwitz, A Castle Built On A Limestone Rock Which Was First Mentioned In A Text In 860 And Continuously Fortified Until The 16th Century. Still Owned By The Noble Khevenhüller Family After The Acquisition In 1571. Carinthia, Austria

Burg Hochosterwitz, A Castle Built On A Limestone Rock Which Was First Mentioned In A Text In 860 And Continuously Fortified Until The 16th Century. Still Owned By The Noble Khevenhüller Family After The Acquisition In 1571. Carinthia, Austria

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Don Golosso
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2 months ago

The two towers on the bottom left seem really surprised that they have to eat the road.

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#33

Ljubljana, Slovenia

Ljubljana, Slovenia

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Abhinc
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2 months ago (edited)

Wes Anderson needs to hear about that building !!!

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#34

Sun Rays Through The Double Lancet Windows Of Westminster Abbey, City Of Westminster, London, UK

Sun Rays Through The Double Lancet Windows Of Westminster Abbey, City Of Westminster, London, UK

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Edda Kamphues
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2 months ago

I just want to be able to travel again!! Goodbye lockdowns.

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#35

Azadi Tower, Tehran, Iran

Azadi Tower, Tehran, Iran

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Lovin' Life
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2 months ago

This is somewhere I'd love to visit

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#36

Galtaji Hindu Temple Located In Aravalli Hills In Jaipur Of India. Temple Complex Have Many Natural Freshwater Springs

Galtaji Hindu Temple Located In Aravalli Hills In Jaipur Of India. Temple Complex Have Many Natural Freshwater Springs

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Ria De Gooijer
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2 months ago

I like Brian Brown's comments. He truly loves architecture

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#37

Children Standing In Front Of One Of The Main Doors Of Casablanca Mosque

Children Standing In Front Of One Of The Main Doors Of Casablanca Mosque

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Abhinc
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2 months ago (edited)

Morocco is a stunning country !! if you want to avoid big touristic cities (that you still should visit anyway) i would advise you to go to Meknes

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Venice, Italy

Venice, Italy

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Abhinc
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2 months ago

bridge of sighs, venice, italy. made of white limestone, it connects the New Prison (Prigioni Nuove) to the interrogation rooms in the Doge's Palace. It was designed by Antonio Contino, whose uncle Antonio da Ponte designed the Rialto Bridge, and it was built in 1600.

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#39

Oslo Opera House Designed In 1999 By Snøhetta And Finished In 2007

Oslo Opera House Designed In 1999 By Snøhetta And Finished In 2007

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Serial pacifist
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2 months ago

Looks like something from Blade Runner.

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#40

15th Century Castle Of Coca In Central Spain

15th Century Castle Of Coca In Central Spain

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Brian Brown
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2 months ago

It blows my mind to see what humans of the past accomplished.

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#41

140 Meters High Ruyi Bridge In China

140 Meters High Ruyi Bridge In China

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All's Gravy
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2 months ago

NOPE! NO. NEVER.

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#42

The Waves, Vejle, Denmark

The Waves, Vejle, Denmark

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Brian Brown
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2 months ago

this is a great shot and a great time of day to see this.

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#43

Mahkama Du Pacha - Casablanca, Morocco

Mahkama Du Pacha - Casablanca, Morocco

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Tamra Stiffler
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2 months ago

I adore Moroccan design.

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#44

Cubic Windows

Cubic Windows

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Brian Brown
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2 months ago

This is beautiful, This is a great way to see the world.

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Cologne Cathedral. Masterpiece Of Gothic Architecture. Years Build : 1248 - 1880

Cologne Cathedral. Masterpiece Of Gothic Architecture. Years Build : 1248 - 1880

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Peter Thielen
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2 months ago

The scope of that thing is unbelievable, the photo doesn't do it just...

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#46

Dating Back To The 15th Century, Plaza Mayor Is A Major Public Space In The Heart Of Madrid, The Capital Of Spain

Dating Back To The 15th Century, Plaza Mayor Is A Major Public Space In The Heart Of Madrid, The Capital Of Spain

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Patrick Smith
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2 months ago

They weren't laid out. They are old medieval streets that evolved as the city grew and were often based on old country lanes or village streets that got consumed. Most of Europe is like this. The American grid seems odd to us

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#47

The Iwan Ceiling Of Fatima Masumeh Shrine In Iran

The Iwan Ceiling Of Fatima Masumeh Shrine In Iran

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Edda Kamphues
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2 months ago

Amazing, but I can't help thinking of "Stranger Things".

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#48

Villa Farnese, A 16th Century Pentagonal Renaissance Mansion Built On The Fortress Foundations In The Town Of Caprarola, Viterbo, Northern Lazio, Italy

Villa Farnese, A 16th Century Pentagonal Renaissance Mansion Built On The Fortress Foundations In The Town Of Caprarola, Viterbo, Northern Lazio, Italy

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Purple light
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2 months ago

The old Pentagon

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#49

A Rooftop Restaurant/Cafe In Chongqing, China

A Rooftop Restaurant/Cafe In Chongqing, China

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Brian Brown
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2 months ago

China has some really cool stuff. Such a contradiction to most news on TV...

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#50

Habitat 67 In Montreal

Habitat 67 In Montreal

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Jo Johannsen
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2 months ago

Too many apparently unsupported areas for my comfort.

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