30 architectural masterpieces everyone should see in their lifetime

Buildings may be some of the most impressive works of art we have.

After sinking untold sums of money into their construction, we can walk through the finished products and even live inside them.

Business Insider has selected 30 buildings that push the boundaries of structural expression. We think you’ll love them.

The oldest building we know of is Göbekli Tepe in present-day Turkey. Built somewhere around 9500 B.C., archaeologists aren’t certain of its function, but it was probably religious.

Since then, humans have built some pretty rad structures. In the past year, we’ve seen futuristic openings like the Fulton Center in New York and the Penleigh and Essendon Grammar School in Melbourne, Australia.

The Golden Temple in Amritsar, India, is a stunning structure that seems to have been dropped right in the middle of the Amritsar River. It is the center of the Sikh Faith, and it’s lustrous at night.

The Las Lajas Sanctuary in Narino, Colombia, is equally mystifying. It looks like it defies gravity.

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The modernist architect Antoni Gaudí didn’t live to see his Sagrada Família completed — in fact, it’s still being built. The exterior looks like something out of Narnia and the interior is even more surreal.

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The Flatiron Building in New York was one of the first skyscrapers as was the moody Woolworth Building, which was the tallest building in the world from 1913 to 1930.


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In Onomichi, Japan, couples frequently turn to the Ribbon Chapel for their wedding ceremonies — and understandably so. Also surrounded by green is the Light of Life Church in Seoul, South Korea. On the inside, the church looks completely different.

Chicago’s Marina City apartments are, to say the least, uniquely designed. Built in 1964, they were one of the first mixed-use buildings and the first to be built with a crane in the US.

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