Every now and then, we hear about funny architectural fails where lack of taste meets poor aesthetics and greets atrocious execution. Check out our previous features with such examples here, here, and here.

But way more rarely do we hear news about impressive architecture, time-defying buildings, and incredible structures. This is because it’s way more difficult to create an architectural wonder that reflects our environment, values, history, artistic sensibility, and many other aspects of our daily life.

Luckily, there is this corner of Reddit that collects “the beautiful impossibilities that we want to live in” and shares them with its 1.3M members. The subreddit is dedicated to high-quality photographs of some of the most impressive, conceptual, and historical buildings on our planet. So pull your seat closer and scroll down! After you’re done, be sure to share part 1 of the article.

#1

Preserved Edo Period Neighborhood In Japan

Preserved Edo Period Neighborhood In Japan

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Roman Hans
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2 months ago (edited)

Takayama, about five hours by train from Tokyo. It's wonderful. Will never forget a little store that made their own soy sauce. (Because I was the idiot who thought, "You can actually MAKE soy sauce?")

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#2

Persian Mosque

Persian Mosque

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Abhinc
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2 months ago

Saint Petersburg Mosque, opened in 1913

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#3

Spellbinding Bookstore In Chengdu, Sichuan, China

Spellbinding Bookstore In Chengdu, Sichuan, China

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Don Golosso
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2 months ago

That's a mirrored sealing done right!

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“We’re fascinated by architecturally unique buildings because we live in a world where most goods are standardized and mass-produced—including the structures we inhabit,” Lisa Yaszek, a Regents Professor of Science Fiction Studies at Georgia Tech, told Bored Panda. Yaszek researches and teaches science fiction as a global language crossing centuries, continents, and cultures, and was happy to share some insights about architectural wonders with our readers.

According to Yaszek, “modern buildings depend on modular construction and prefabricated design, Western architectural trends that date back to the 1600s, when Parliament created the first modern building codes after the great fire of London in 1666 and when colonial settlers in America demanded homes built with English construction methods.”

#4

Ukraine - Lviv, Staircase In The House Of Scientists

Ukraine - Lviv, Staircase In The House Of Scientists

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Raven Sheridan
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2 months ago

I hope this still stands. Shame on you Putin!

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#5

Hans & Gretel Pancake House In Zeewolde, Netherlands

Hans & Gretel Pancake House In Zeewolde, Netherlands

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Cerise Hood
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2 months ago

Like straight out of Wonderland

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#6

Kylemore Abbey In The Fog, Connemara, Galway, Ireland

Kylemore Abbey In The Fog, Connemara, Galway, Ireland

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kathryn stretton
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2 months ago

It's pictures like this that explain why Ireland is known as 'The emerald isle.'

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“Today, modular construction based on simple geometry and industrially produced components is used to create everything from houses to public buildings for the simple reason that it is extremely cost-effective,” the professor explained.

Moreover, “by way of contrast, both the very old and the very new, sometimes still conceptual buildings that people share on the ‘beautiful impossibilities we want to live in’ subreddit are anything but standardized boxes designed with cost-effectiveness in mind. Instead, these buildings tend toward the elaborate and surprising, whether that comes in the form of flowing organic lines, strangely abrupt geometries, or dizzying feats of engineering,” Yaszek explained.

#7

The Reading Room - Royal Portuguese Cabinet Of Reading - Rio De Janeiro, Brazil

The Reading Room - Royal Portuguese Cabinet Of Reading - Rio De Janeiro, Brazil

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Lola G
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2 months ago

The walls look embedded with gemstones

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#8

Nasir-Ol-Molk Mosque, Also Known As Pink Mosque, A Traditional Shiraz Mosque, Iran

Nasir-Ol-Molk Mosque, Also Known As Pink Mosque, A Traditional Shiraz Mosque, Iran

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Sabse
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2 months ago

Did a unicorn explode here? 🤩

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#9

Stained Glass Ceiling Hotel - Gran Hotel Ciudad De México, Mexico City

Stained Glass Ceiling Hotel - Gran Hotel Ciudad De México, Mexico City

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Kevin Ber
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2 months ago

I have seen other hotels call themselves "Grand", this hotel means it.

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“Similarly,” she argues, “whether they are intricately detailed or severely plain, whether they dazzle the eye with a flurry of gem-like colors or invite it to rest peacefully on expanses of neutral blacks, grass, and whites, these beautiful impossibilities remind us that there are other, perhaps more important, values than efficiency.”

Yaszek explained that “instead, these buildings are literal monuments to human creativity, ingenuity, and perseverance—especially since so many of these architectural marvels were constructed before modern materials, machinery, and in some cases, even before modern math!”

#10

Les Espaces D'abraxas, France

Les Espaces D'abraxas, France

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Abhinc
Community Member
2 months ago

In Noisy-le-Grand (12 km from Paris), large complex of 591 apartments consisting of three buildings designed by Spanish architect Ricardo Bofill, in 1978.

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#11

Hawa Mahal In Jaipur, India

Hawa Mahal In Jaipur, India

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Abhinc
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2 months ago

These windows called Jharokhas. There are 953 of them on this building.

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#12

A Beautiful House Surrounded By Rock And Trees In Hrensko

A Beautiful House Surrounded By Rock And Trees In Hrensko

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Emma Dakin
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2 months ago

Reminds me of the scenery at the end of the da vinci code?!

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The professor believes that it’s no surprise that many of the people who comment on these images compare them to fairy tales and/or science fiction: "these buildings are so outside our everyday experience that we cannot help but think they must be from other times and worlds.”

“Finally, I love how these images bring people together, as viewers pool their knowledge of history, art, and culture to help each other make sense of the wonderful buildings and their origins. Imagine how fun it would be if we could all exchange our ideas about these buildings from inside, while exploring them together,” Yaszek concluded.

#13

Romanian Athenaeum, Bucharest

Romanian Athenaeum, Bucharest

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Aran Lindvail
Community Member
2 months ago

Mushroom vibes.

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#14

The Inflatable "Gaia" Installation In The 18th Century Baroque Painted Hall Of The Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich, London, UK

The Inflatable "Gaia" Installation In The 18th Century Baroque Painted Hall Of The Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich, London, UK

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Robert T
Community Member
2 months ago

The "Gaia" installation is doing a tour around various buildings in the UK. See https://my-earth.org/about/

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#15

Pietragalla, Italy

Pietragalla, Italy

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badger
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2 months ago

"Pietragalla" is Italian for "The Shire".

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#16

Leuven Town Hall (1448-1469) Belgium, One Of The Best-Known Gothic Town Halls Worldwide & It Took Three Architects And Thirty Years To Build It

Leuven Town Hall (1448-1469) Belgium, One Of The Best-Known Gothic Town Halls Worldwide & It Took Three Architects And Thirty Years To Build It

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Iris
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2 months ago

The lighting is different nowadays, a little less spooky and especially during christmas time! leuven-62d...9cd045.jpg leuven-62d56e89cd045.jpg

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#17

Art Nouveau Facade Of A Jewelry Store In Lille, Hauts-De-France, Northern France

Art Nouveau Facade Of A Jewelry Store In Lille, Hauts-De-France, Northern France

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Hellebore
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2 months ago

First time i see something from my (beautiful) city here, yay !

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#18

Château Frontenac, Quebec City, Canada

Château Frontenac, Quebec City, Canada

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Sabse
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2 months ago

Some people missed France, I guess 😄

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#19

Wisteria Covered Terraced House In Argyll Road, Kensington, London, UK

Wisteria Covered Terraced House In Argyll Road, Kensington, London, UK

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Lara Verne
Community Member
2 months ago

Dreamy.

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#20

Kailasa Temple In Ellora, India Made From A Single Rock

Kailasa Temple In Ellora, India Made From A Single Rock

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Izzy
Community Member
2 months ago

my brain can't even fathom the skill of architects, construction workers, planners, designers etc making structures from multiple pieces, never mind ones made from a single rock like this! and the fact that it's a very ancient building as well -- they were crazy freaking talented, and creative to be able to accomplish such feats w just their hands, mind and cruder/basic tools. mind: BLOWN

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#21

Castillo De Colomares In Spain

Castillo De Colomares In Spain

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Sasha Kuleshov
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2 months ago

Fantastical <3

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#22

Trinity College Library - Dublin, Ireland

Trinity College Library - Dublin, Ireland

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Jody Brown
Community Member
2 months ago

From the rare vantage point of upstairs. I wish we had been allowed to go upstairs when we were there last week.

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#23

Paris, France

Paris, France

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Abhinc
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2 months ago

Lavirotte Building, apartment building at Avenue Rapp in the 7th arrondissement of Paris, designed by the French architect Jules Lavirotte and built between 1899 and 1901.

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#24

Mvrdv's Brand New Housing Complex In Amsterdam, Netherlands

Mvrdv's Brand New Housing Complex In Amsterdam, Netherlands

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Robert Trebor
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2 months ago

Looks like Godzilla took a bite out of it.

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#25

This Restaurant In Paris Looking Like A Museum

This Restaurant In Paris Looking Like A Museum

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Abhinc
Community Member
2 months ago

Le Train Bleu, in Paris Gare de Lyon train station. Designed in Neo Baroque / Belle Epoque by French architect Marius Toudoire for the Paris World's Fair in 1900. Partially protect by Monuments Historiques. Its name comes from a train line between Paris and the French Riviera in the 1880s, created to compete with the Orient Express.

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#26

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum - Boston

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum - Boston

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Ekaterina S
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2 months ago

There is a documentary of this place concerning a heist which took place there!

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#27

The 18th Babrican Gate Of Tollymore Forest, Mourne Mountains, Northern Ireland

The 18th Babrican Gate Of Tollymore Forest, Mourne Mountains, Northern Ireland

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Robert Trebor
Community Member
2 months ago

Barbican Gate: A barbican (from Old French: barbacane) is a fortified outpost or fortified gateway, such as at an outer defense perimeter of a city or castle, or any tower situated over a gate or bridge which was used for defensive purposes.

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#28

Church In The Rock

Church In The Rock

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Abhinc
Community Member
2 months ago

Modlivý důl (Praying Valley) in Czech Republic, a beautiful rock valley deeply set into limestone rocks under the Tisovy hill at the northeast border of Svojkov. https://valley-modlivy-dul.czech-mountains.eu/

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#29

A Traditional Medieval Cave House With A Courtyard Found In The Desert Of Libya

A Traditional Medieval Cave House With A Courtyard Found In The Desert Of Libya

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ll think of a username soon
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2 months ago

It's like those little houses on tatooine

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#30

Chahar Bagh, Esfehan, Iran

Chahar Bagh, Esfehan, Iran

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Kitten Dog Mom
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2 months ago

Ceiling looks like a giant wasps nest.

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#31

Astronomical Tower In Prague, Czech Republic

Astronomical Tower In Prague, Czech Republic

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Abhinc
Community Member
2 months ago (edited)

Astronomical Clock on the Old Town Hall Tower. It dates back to 1410. https://www.introducingprague.com/astronomical-clock

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#32

Baps Akshardham Temple, Delhi, India

Baps Akshardham Temple, Delhi, India

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Robert Trebor
Community Member
2 months ago

If our time doesn't build beautiful places, what does that say about us? We applaud previous generations for beauty, but complain about the now.

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#33

The Iconic San Francisco Cliff House Before It Was Destroyed In A 1907 Fire

The Iconic San Francisco Cliff House Before It Was Destroyed In A 1907 Fire

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Kitten Dog Mom
Community Member
2 months ago

Awesome

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#34

Castillo De Colomares, Spain

Castillo De Colomares, Spain

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Abhinc
Community Member
2 months ago

Castillo Monumento Colomares is a monument, in the form of a castle, dedicated to the life and adventures of Christopher Columbus. It is the largest monument in the world to the explorer, but also contains the smallest church in the world. It was totally improvised and took 7 years of artisanal work using brick, stone and cement. https://www.castillomonumentocolomares.com/

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#35

Drachenburg Castle In Germany, Built In 1884

Drachenburg Castle In Germany, Built In 1884

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Mathieu Brouwers
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2 months ago

In the second half of the 19th century, those who could afford it would build their own folly. This is possibly the world's largest. I agree you can live in it, but for the rest ...

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#36

Four Seasons Resort. Bali

Four Seasons Resort. Bali

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Monique Reed
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2 months ago

When it rains, does the lily pond made a waterfall all the way around?

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#37

Opera Garnier In Paris

Opera Garnier In Paris

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Abhinc
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2 months ago

Commissioned by Napoleon III, construction took 14 years (from 1861 to 1875), representative of the Napoleon III / Neo-Baroque style, classified as Monument Historique since 1923. A competition for the best design of the Opera house was conducted in 1860. 171 architects submitted their designs. Almost 2000 seats, making it one of the largest theatres in the world it was also the first opera hous worldwide to be fully electrified. 30 different kinds of marble, from 8 different countries / 14 painters, 73 sculptors worked on its decor. It was the most expensive building of its time. Fun facts : There is a lake under the Opera ! / On the vestibule’s ceiling, you can see Charles Garnier’s signature, and this is the first time in history that an architect puts his signature on a building. / The Palais Garnier’s stage (the largest in Europe) is vast enough to fit the Arc de Triomphe

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#38

Hammam Essalihine Is A Roman Bathhouse Still In Use After 2,000 Years In Khenchela, Algeria

Hammam Essalihine Is A Roman Bathhouse Still In Use After 2,000 Years In Khenchela, Algeria

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ADHORTATOR
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2 months ago

what have the Romans ever done for us?

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#39

The Fox Theater's Stage From The Main Floor

The Fox Theater's Stage From The Main Floor

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A.M. Pierre
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2 months ago

This is in Detroit, Michigan, USA. There's also a Fox Theater in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, which is not quite this elaborate but also isn't that far off, either.

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#40

Niagara Mohawk Building Built In Art Deco Style, NYC

Niagara Mohawk Building Built In Art Deco Style, NYC

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Justin F
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2 months ago

This building is in Syracuse New York.

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#41

Durbar Hall Of Mysore Palace, India

Durbar Hall Of Mysore Palace, India

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Abhinc
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2 months ago

Why do people photoshop or put too many filters when taking pictures of buildings ?? This is what it really looks like India-Karn...9a9c96.jpg India-Karnataka-Mysore-Palace-Interior-scaled-62d558d9a9c96.jpg

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#42

Spectacular Adalaj Stepwell In Ahmedabad, India

Spectacular Adalaj Stepwell In Ahmedabad, India

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KindaSketchy
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2 months ago

If you look carefully, you can see Laura Croft...

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#43

30th Street Station In Philly Is Like An Art Deco Cathedral

30th Street Station In Philly Is Like An Art Deco Cathedral

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aubergine10003
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2 months ago

A shame a lot of the walls are covered with giant banners of advertisements...this photo must've been taken during a transition or something.

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#44

Brownstones In Park Slope, Brooklyn, NYC

Brownstones In Park Slope, Brooklyn, NYC

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Auntriarch
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2 months ago

Looks welcoming

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#45

Hotel Belvédère, Switzerland

Hotel Belvédère, Switzerland

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kathryn stretton
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2 months ago

Where do guests park?

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#46

Harbin Opera House Designed By Mad Architects

Harbin Opera House Designed By Mad Architects

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Mimi La Souris
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2 months ago (edited)

mad but talented as f word

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#47

Goethe's Lookout In The Czech Republic

Goethe's Lookout In The Czech Republic

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AMG Guy
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2 months ago

I'll take it. How much?

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#48

Grundtvig’s Church Interior

Grundtvig’s Church Interior

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Hanne Klit Johansen
Community Member
2 months ago

It's in Copenhagen Denmark

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#49

Yemen

Yemen

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Brittney Sparks
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2 months ago

Love how every other one is a specific building and then it goes .... Yemen! Like the whole thing lol

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#50

Federal-Style House In The Snow, Washington, D. C

Federal-Style House In The Snow, Washington, D. C

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Katinka Min
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2 months ago

I want tall windows! But it's an attic. I WANT TALL WINDOWS!!

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