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- New book by Lonely Planet reveals 120 of the world’s greatest man-made buildings and where to find them
- Amazing Architecture: A Spotter’s Guide charts spectacular sights from around the world in a grand tour
- Buildings included in the book range from classic sites, old favourites and more intriguing constructions
Jennifer Newton for MailOnline
From jaw-dropping classical structures to confounding contemporary designs, the world is festooned with fascinating buildings.
To underscore the richness of the architecture around us Lonely Planet has released a new book that showcases 120 of the world’s greatest human constructions.
Amazing Architecture: A Spotter’s Guide charts spectacular sights from around the world in an architectural grand tour.
The book explores classic must-see buildings, old favourites and intriguing constructions.
Lonely Planet writes: ‘When we travel it’s often to see a building… because buildings are endlessly intriguing: things of beauty, symbols of their age and emblems of human endeavour.’
Scroll down to see some of the awe-inspiring buildings that have made it into the book.
The unique basket-shaped building in Newark, Ohio, that formerly belonged to the wooden basket manufacturer Longaberger Company. The 180,000-square-foot construction was built in 1997 at the behest of company founder Dave Longaberger for $32 million
The bizarre cube houses in Rotterdam in the Netherlands designed by Piet Blom. They are described as a set of innovative houses and based on the concept of ‘living as an urban roof’
Krzywy Domek, which translates as ‘the little crooked house’, is a shopping centre. It stands on the main street of Monte Cassino in Sopot, Poland
The Casa Terracota House in Villa De Leyva in Mexico, which was designed by Octavio Mendoza. It was built using clay and baked in the sun
The Jantar Mantar, in Jaipur in India, is an astronomical observation site built in the early 18th century. Now a Unesco world heritage site, it is said to have been built for measuring the heavens and its name is derived from the Sanskrit for ‘instrument of calculation’
The Museum of Contemporary Art in Niteroi near Rio de Janeiro in Brazil, which was part designed by architect Oscar Niemeyer
The distinctive looking Pena Palace, which stands high on a hill overlooking the town of Sintra in Portugal. It is considered the greatest expression of 19th-century romanticism in Portugal
Plants seem to grow out of the modern design of the Park Royal Hotel in Singapore. It boasts cascading gardens, bird-cage cabanas and a huge infinity pool
The Hellenistic facade of the treasury building in the historical and archaeological city of Petra in southern Jordan. It was built in the 5th century BC
The Pompidou Centre in Paris, which is a complex building in the Beaubourg area of the 4th arrondissement. It houses the Public Information Library and the Museum of Modern Art
Bath Abbey and its Roman baths were built, according to Lonely Planet, in the typically ‘ostentatious style’ of the Romans
The grand entrance to the Masjid-I Imam or the Shah Mosque in Tehran, Iran. It has been described by Lonely Planet as an elegant mosque, with iconic blue-tiled mosaics and perfect proportions
The colourful and imposing St Basil’s Cathedral in Red Square in Moscow. Lonely Planet says it is a ‘crazy confusion of colours, patterns and shapes and is the culmination of a style that is unique to Russian architecture’
Dusk sets across the Alhambra Palace and fortress in Granada, Spain, which can draw up to 6,000 daily visitors keen on admiring the architecture
The Wat Chaiwatthanaram temple, in Ayutthaya, Thailand. The temple was built by King Prasat Thong to honour his mother and took 20 years to complete
The Olympic Stadium in Beijing, which was built for the 2008 games and is also known as the Bird’s Nest. Now, it is used for sporting events, concerts and exhibitions
One of the entrances to the mesmerising Angkor Wat temple in Siem Reap, Cambodia, which stretches to 800 metres in length and is surrounded by a vast moat
Borobudur, pictured, is a ninth century Buddhist temple near the volcanic peak of Merapi in Indonesia. It is the largest Buddhist temple in the world and is a Unesco world heritage site
Architect Alvar Aalto designed Finlandia Hall, a landmark building in the Finnish capital, Helsinki. It is used as an event hall and congress building and was completed in 1971
The glittering facade of the Grand Lisboa Casino and Hotel in Macau, China. Lonely Planet describes it as ‘delightfully tacky’ and says it is the main landmark in Macau, the biggest gambling resort in Asia
The Habitat 67 housing complex in Montreal, Canada. It was designed by Israeli/Canadian architect Moshe Safdie. It is located on the artificial peninsula Cité-du-Havre, which was created to protect the port from vicious currents and ice
The Hang Nga guesthouse in Dalat, Vietnam, which is popularly known as the Crazy House. It was designed and constructed by Vietnamese female architect Dang Viet Nga
The Hiroshima Peace Memorial in Japan, which serves as a memorial for those killed in the atomic bombing of Hiroshima in 1945. The building, which opened in 1915, had previously been the Hiroshima Industrial Promotion Hall but was damaged during the Second World War
The Chapel of the Holy Cross in Sedona, Arizona, which is built into the side of a layer of red rocks. It is said to offer spectacular views of the landscape, especially at sunset
The Jongmyo Shrine is a Confucian shrine in Seoul, South Korea, and also a Unesco World Heritage Site. It is a memorial for the deceased Kings and Queens of the Korean Joseon Dynasty
The nave of Lincoln Cathedral, which towers over the city of Lincoln in the UK like a medieval skyscraper. It is the third largest cathedral in Britain and construction on the building started in 1072
The incredible Millau viaduct, which spans the the gorge valley of the Tarn near Millau in southern France. It has been named as the tallest bridge in the world. One of the masts is 343.0 metres (1,125ft) above the base of the structure
The Shukhov Tower, which was built in the 1920s and stands in Moscow, Russia. It was built to act as a radio transmitter and is just kilometres from the Kremlin
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