Travel Picks: Top 10 overlooked stunning buildings

Fri Aug 7, 2009 6:04am EDT
 
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SYDNEY (Reuters Life!) - Lists of beautiful buildings laud the Taj Mahal, the Eiffel Tower, and at least one token Frank Gehry building, but there are dozens of other equally beautiful choices that somehow always seem to remain unnoticed.

Members and editors of VirtualTourist.com (www.virtualtourist.com) have compiled a list of what they think are the "World's Top 10 Most Overlooked Beautiful Buildings and Structures." Reuters has not endorsed this list.

1. The Mezquita of Cordoba; Cordoba, Spain

This complex took more than two centuries to finish. Striped arches, breathtaking mosaics and endless columns constructed from onyx and marble make this a must-see when in Spain.

2. The Hoover Dam; Southwestern United States

A marvel of modern engineering, this Depression-era structure is most often noted for its sleek Art Deco lines and understated simplicity. As beautiful inside as out, the facility's terrazzo floors, patterned after Native American motifs, are not to be missed.

3. Shwedagon Pagoda; Yangon, Myanmar

A tradition of donating gold to the pagoda that dates back to the 15th century has clearly paid off. Dotted with literally thousands of diamond and rubies, this work of art's facade is eclipsed only by its interior with magnificent ceilings and containing the relics of ancient Buddhas.

4. Majolica House; Vienna, Austria   Continued...

 
<p>Devotees crowd the Shwedagon Pagoda during the Kason watering festival in Yangon May 8, 2009. REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun</p>