Urban Splatter has compiled a top ten list of best cities around the world in regards to Architecture. These are all cities whose architecture either has a solid, classic, ancient style, or a modern or post modern style. Take a look below at the top 10! Cities with a mix of classic and modern architecture score higher. Please leave thoughts and comments on our post. Do you agree or not?
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10. Dubai, United Arab Emirateshttp://www.urbansplatter.com/wp-content/uploads/bfi_thumb/architecture-capitals_9-33qyb1g2b1pmj6toczlbey.jpg
Dubai is a must on this list. Home to the tallest building in the world and many daring modern architecture buildings. It’s estimated that this architecture capital has 25% of the world’s cranes working around the clock because of the new construction. This city would score higher, but there is absolutely no classic architecture here, so it is number 10!
9. Brasilia, Brazilhttp://www.urbansplatter.com/wp-content/uploads/bfi_thumb/brasilia-33qyb1g2b1pmj6toczlbey.jpg
Some fun facts: the city was laid out as a cross, but better resembles a butterfly or airplane shape when seen from the air. While some hate the design, it was made a UNESCO World Heritage site!
8. Athens, Greecehttp://www.urbansplatter.com/wp-content/uploads/bfi_thumb/greece-33qyb1kl5c8tb8kjqurz0q.jpg
You can view classic Greco-Roman columns supporting the Parthenon, plus ornate designs drawn into the tops of them. you need to focus all your time here, but if you’re still hungry for more after this, check out the Academy of Athens -- a more modern version of classic Greco-Roman style and the newly updated Athens Olympic Stadium.
7. Florence, Italyhttp://www.urbansplatter.com/wp-content/uploads/bfi_thumb/florence-33qyb1kl5c8tb8kjqurz0q.jpg
Well-known pieces include: Palazzo Vecchio -- the town hall; Academy of Fine Arts -- where Michaelangelo’s David stands; and Uffizi, which is an art museum. This is a must hit in Italy!
6. Rome, Italyhttp://www.urbansplatter.com/wp-content/uploads/bfi_thumb/rome-33qyb1kl5c8tb8kjqurz0q.jpg
Rome is an architectural highlight of early Western civilization. You know the classics: the Pantheon, the Roman Forum, the Colosseum, , and the Temple of Venus and Roma.
5. Berlin, Germanyhttp://www.urbansplatter.com/wp-content/uploads/bfi_thumb/berlin-33qyb1g2b1pmj6toczlbey.jpg
Since the Wall fell in 1989, Berlin focused on reforming its buildings. Some of the most important include: the Reichstag, the one-time Nazi parliament that was recreated with a glass dome on top!
4. Shanghai, Chinahttp://www.urbansplatter.com/wp-content/uploads/bfi_thumb/shangai-33qyb1kl5c8tb8kjqurz0q.jpg
You’ll see more of the city’s past along its waterfront in The Bund area with more colonial architecture styles. Increasingly, this style is being displaced by modern pieces like the Shanghai Grand Theatre, and the future claim to the “world’s tallest” building -- the World Financial Center.
3. Chicago, Illinoishttp://www.urbansplatter.com/wp-content/uploads/bfi_thumb/chicago000-33qyb1kl5c8tb8kjqurz0q.jpg
I know it may seem biased because our offices are in Chicago. The reality is this city has great architecture, both modern and old! More than just a great place for yummy hot dogs and crazy sports fans, The Windy City is also considered the birthplace of modern American architecture. After the Great Fire in 1871 burned over 2,000 acres of buildings, Chicago had all this empty land to build on!
2. Paris, Francehttp://www.urbansplatter.com/wp-content/uploads/bfi_thumb/paris-33qyb1kl5c8tb8kjqurz0q.jpg
Walking this city’s streets can feel like you’re in the middle of a big art museum. For all its renaissance, neoclassic, medieval and art nouveau buildings, Paris is also known for its modern pieces that mix with its classic ones to remind people it is more than just a museum.
1. Barcelona, Spainhttp://www.urbansplatter.com/wp-content/uploads/bfi_thumb/barcelona-33qyb1g2b1pmj6toczlbey.jpg
Some of the greatest architects in the world have made this city’s bricks and stone look like nothing else in the world. Start with the Hospital de Sant Pau and Palau de la Musica Catalana where one can find traditional work from architect Lluis Domenech i Montaner!