No matter where you're traveling to, whether it be the United States or Turkey, the world is replete with jaw-dropping pieces of architecture. Some are modern and some date back centuries, but they all have the ability to make you stop in your tracks and appreciate the immense skill and effort that went into crafting these marvels. Of course, there are some structures that stand above the rest, and many of them need to be seen to be believed.
Sagrada Família, Spain
This immense church was designed by the iconic Spanish architect Antoni Gaudí, and is equally as famous for the story behind it as well as its striking appearance. The church's complex structure includes 18 towers and a stunning three facades. In fact, its design is so intricate that it has yet to be officially completed - construction began in 1882. Despite the fact it's technically unfinished, it remains one of the wonders of the architecture world, according to Lonely Planet.
Winter Palace, Russia
St. Petersburg is certainly not lacking when it comes to buildings that have a lot of historical weight, and the Winter Palace at the top of the list. From 1732 to 1917, this sprawling palace was home to Russian monarchs. Not only is it a perfect example of Baroque architecture, but its sheer size is almost incomprehensible. The Winter Palace has more than 1,780 doors, 1,945 windows, and 1,000 halls and rooms, many of which are open to the public.
Bibliotheca Alexandrina, Egypt
Not all the buildings considered the best in the world have to have a lengthy history behind them. Case and point: Egypt Bibliotheca Alexandrina. Although it has only been open to the public since late 2002, the library has grown to become one of the impotent cultural institutions in the world. But not only that, it also serves as a commemoration of the storied Library of Alexandria, which was destroyed more than 2,000 years ago. The library is also famous for its unique slanted design which, according to Lonely Planet, is meant to represent a second sun setting by the Mediterranean. It's also worth a visit so to walk through the halls of its many museums, including ones dedicated to artifacts from antiquity as well as the history of science.