There are buildings that just literally leave you in awe when you see them, but do you know that they hold amazing secrets, too? Well, read on and find out what they are.
Thorncrown Chapel (Arkansas, USA)
Literally a “small chapel in the woods,” Thorncrown is considered as the 4th best building of the 20th century by the American Institute of Architects. Its secret? Well, aside from carved woods and native flagstones, the chapel consists of425 windows that somehow intricate the forest inside! Etakeoff.com shares that high-quality construction quantity takeoff software is needed to pull off such a stunning design.
Burj Al Arab (Dubai, UAE)
Shaped like a sail and the word’s only 7-star hotel, Burj Al Arab sits on its own private island – and guess what? You could go to its most secret island by having tea at the Skyview Buffet Restaurant or eating a meal at one of its restaurants.
The Chrysler Building (New York, USA)
One of the only remaining real Art Deco buildings in the world, The Chrysler Building is truly an indispensable part of the famous New York Skyline. What makes it all the more special is the fact that the 61st floor’s big eagles are automotive ornaments – simply because they were inspired by the 1929 Chrysler!
Mont St. Michael (Normandy, France)
A real-life castle, the Mont St. Michael Abbey has been around since 709 B.C. and is continuously being renovated to prevent it from being plagued by dangerous waters. The best part? It is the inspiration for the castle in Disney’s Tangled!
Gresham Palace (Budapest, Hungary)
Another exquisite and charming royal building that’s actually a status symbol for Gresham Life, London’s assurance company before it was damaged in the Second World War. Now that it has been renovated, it serves as one of the famous Four Seasons Hotels – and a new onsite restaurant has been modeled at the place where former intelligence officers used to talk over pastry and coffee.
Surely, once you set foot in any of these places, you’d have a more profound understanding of the world and be more appreciative of it, too.