The Great Mosque of Damascus, also known as Umayyad Mosque, is a stone mosque built between 705 AD and 715 AD located in the old city of Damascus, Syria. The mosque was built to dedicate John the Baptist (Yahya) after the Arab had conquered Damascus in 634 AD. The mosque holds a shrine which still contains John the Baptist’s head today!
The Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II is a five story arcade located in Milan, Italy. The Galleria is named after Vittorio Emanuele II, the first king of the Kingdom of Italy. The Galleria was constructed during the turbulent era of Italian unification, therefore, the galleria symbolizes Italian Unity and Self Confidence.
The Florence Cathedral, also known as, The Basilica Di Santa Maria Del Fiore, is the main church of Florence, Italy. The construction of the cathedral begun in 1296 and was structurally completed in 1436. The Florence Cathedral is currently ranked as the third largest cathedral in the world! The legendary cathedral was designed by Di Cambio while the famous cathedral dome was designed by Filippo Brunelleschi.
The EMP Museum is dedicated to both popular music and science fiction located in Seattle, Washington, U.S.A. The museum is founded by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen and it opened back in 2000. The museum displays rare artifacts from popular music history and allows visitors to experience music through interactive exhibitions. For more information, visit its website at: http://www.empmuseum.org/index.asp
The Canadian National Tower is an observation and communication tower in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The tower is completed in 1976 and it stands at 1,815 ft tall, it held the record of being the world’s tallest tower for 34 years. Here’s a little fun fact about the tower: lightning strikes the CN tower an average of about 75 times per year.
The Chrysler Building is a skyscraper in New York City, New York. The structure, standing at 1,046 ft, was the worlds’s tallest building for 11 months before it was surpassed by The Empire State Building in 1931. The Chrysler Building is considered by many architect as one of the finest buildings in New York City.
The Brooklyn Bridge is one of the oldest suspension bridges in the United States. The Bridge was built in 1883 and it connects Manhattan and Brooklyn over the East River. The Bridge was originally named New York and Brooklyn Bridge or the East River Bridge, but it was renamed later as the Brooklyn Bridge. Since its opening, the bridge serves as an iconic image of New York City.
The Bank of China Tower is one of the most famous skyscrapers in Hong Kong, China. The building stands 1033.5 ft tall and was the tallest building in Hong Kong and Asia from 1989-1992. I.M Pei designed this building to “represent the aspirations of the Chinese people yet also symbolizes good will toward the British Colony.” The tower is located on the left side of this image (the one with the zig zag patterns.)