Questions tagged [architecture]

Visiting buildings and structures of any type on your travels. For world famous structures there is also the "landmarks" tag. Certain kinds of buildings and certain specific buildings also have their own tags.

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What is the oldest building in the world still in use?

What is the oldest building or structure in the world that's still in regular use today? For the sake of the question, I'm not looking for something that still exists purely as a tourist attraction....
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Where is this building on a mountain in Planet Earth 2?

In the documentary Planet Earth 2, there is a view of a number of buildings on the peak of a mountain. The narration states: Today, in the Alps, human encroachment is changing the highest of ...
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Is there any way to spend a night in a European castle?

I spent a night in a jail converted to a hotel in Switzerland, and it made me wonder if there is a real castle converted to an hotel in Europe. And with "real" I mean the castle should have a ...
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Where do I find this building in Tbilisi, Georgia?

I'm looking for this place in Tbilisi. Does anyone recognise this and can point me to the right way?
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Where on earth is this church which looks like a confused chicken?

This picture has been circulating on twitter and in the office. But it doesn't say where it is. Can anyone provide the church's location?
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Where is this solitary building with a town and mountains in the background behind a valley?

This is an image from the LG TV screen saver. Does anyone have any idea where this place is?
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Where is this building in Amsterdam with a façade looking like a bookshelf?

A friend of mine was in Amsterdam this weekend, and he made an awesome photo of a building with a wall that looks like a book shelf: Unfortunately he has no idea of the address and he doesn't have a ...
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Where is this half buried Armenian church or monastery?

While browsing Wikipedia and the Internet about some damaged Armenian churches in Tbilisi Georgia I came across an amazing photo (but I know this one is not in Tbilisi). This link is to the Armenian ...
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Where can I see this Darth Vader church?

Recently, I saw a picture that shows a Darth Vader bust: It seems to be a church or something similar. For me it looks like a big fake, but my friend swears that this is not photoshopped. Therefore, ...
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What is this building?

What and where is this building? It's a stock photo and no amount of reverse-image searching on Google has provided me with a relevant result.
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Is a picnic at the Chateau de Versailles possible?

I will be visiting the Versailles Chateau on a Tuesday. I was wondering if it would be useful to take a picnic with me since I doubt the fare offered inside the palace walls (if there is any) is not ...
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What is this tower I found in Spain?

42º37'46.6"N, 2º5'12.15"W No openings on three sides. Door and windows face south. No other openings except ditch from underneath, going north to point straight at Azqueta, but it only goes a short ...
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Where were these castle pictures from WW II taken?

I have four pictures taken during WWII but one of them isn't so great, although it does seem to show a tall tower within the building somewhere (added this pic--view from hill in back of castle). My ...
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The Great Wall of China: Where should I start a visit?

The Great Wall of China is more than 6000 kilometers long. So if I want to see that wall, where should I start my visit? What are typical places to see the wall? I'm interested in places that offer a ...
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Where exactly is this building located in Cuba?

I'm preparing our next trip to Cuba and seeing some pictures, I've found this one: I suppose it's located in Havana, but cannot find where exactly (address or GPS location). The most significant ...
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What was this ruined building in Tbilisi that is Greek property?

Yesterday afternoon I went exploring around Tbilisi and up on the path between the Narikala fortress and the Kartlis Deda statue were some old ruined buildings, not ancient but pre-Soviet. One of ...
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Second most photographed building in the southern hemisphere - why?

I think this can be objectively answered, hopefully. Apparently the most photographed building in the southern hemisphere is the Sydney Opera House. Makes sense, pretty popular, scenic location etc. ...
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The website says the Eiffel Tower is sold out for two months. Is there anything I can do?

I went to the Eiffel Tower web site looking to buy tickets for an upcoming visit, and found that, except for a few days, it is sold out for basically two months. I am guessing that it is not truly ...
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What part of Great Wall of China is easier to visit, starting from Peking?

I'm interested in visiting the Great Wall of China, but don't want to face many tourists during my trip. Are there such parts of it? Are visitors allowed to walk on it?
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To which country in Europe should I travel to if I want to see a lot of lighthouses?

My father is a big lighthouse fan (I know...). Now he wants to spend his next holidays in a country in Europe where he can see a lot of lighthouses. Obviously that shouldn't be a landlocked country, ...
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Highest point in NYC that may be reached for free?

What is the highest floor of any New York building that may be reached by the general public for free?
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Can travellers see Buddhist temples in Saudi Arabia?

Can travellers see Buddhist temples in Saudi Arabia? I'm not a Buddhist myself, but I sometimes see Buddhist temples when travelling. Wikipedia mentions that there's approximately 400,000 Buddhists ...
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Can I visit the castles/fortresses in the mountains around Turin, Northern Italy?

Three years ago I traveled from Turin to Paris by train, and saw amazing old castles all across the mountains. Are any of them available for a visit? I'm going to rent a car so the transport won't be ...
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Where is this castle? I know it's somewhere in Ireland, but where?

Irish castle. I can find the picture everywhere but it never says where it's from.
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Where should I travel to see this building?

Today I saw a picture of a building that claims to be the biggest building in the world. I really doubt that, but the problem is, I couldn't verify it. Here it is: It is somewhere in Eastern Europe, ...
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Coordinates of the Matsushima castle (松島城)?

Google Maps and Wikimapia don't know about 松島城 (Matsushima castle). I would start to doubt its existence if it were not for the numerous pictures available: CC-BY-SA-3.0 Kumamushi It has a view on ...
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Identify this place in Myanmar

I'm trying to identify this Myanmar place. This appears in a local (Spanish) travel magazine promoting a Myanmar trip but doesn't have a legend. Do you know where is it?
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Where in England can I walk on a high tension grid?

I wish to experience walking on a tension wire grid, preferably one suspended many metres above the ground such as in a theatre. Does anyone know of one accessible to the public (not only backstage ...
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Communist architecture in Berlin

I am going to be in Berlin for a weekend and would like to photograph and tour some Bismarck structures, underground bunkers or any industrial complex. What are my options?
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What building is this?

This image is a screenshot from a video, and in the video the image is named "UK". What building is this?
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What is this building in Bilbao?

I was in Bilbao last week and I saw this building that seemed out of place with its surroundings. It looked abandoned (broken windows, graffiti) but very imposing. And it probably had a great view.
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Are there any mosques in Liechtenstein?

Are there any mosques in Liechtenstein? I like to visit a local mosque in every city I visit. Any Idea?
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Are there any analogs of the Malbork castle in Poland or Germany?

Some time ago I was in Malbork castle and was amazed by its size and beauty. I want to know - are there some castles similar to the Malbork's, may be not so famous. I'm interested in castles in Poland ...
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How to visit Malbork Castle from Gdansk?

I'm wondering how I can visit Malbork Castle if I'm visiting Gdansk. Wikitravel says that Malbork is 1.5 hours from Gdansk by train, but doesn't say how much the train is and if it's allowed to go ...
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Which Cities In Finland (if any) Have a Medieval Architecture?

When I visited Helsinki, it was arguably the most avant-garde capital in Europe. That's because it had been founded in the late Middle Ages, and apparently had been partially rebuilt even later (after ...
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In which city is this building with the inscription “domus dei et porta coeli”?

Can anyone let me know where this was taken please?
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Where is this Indian-style palace with a large pool?

Trying to figure out where this place is:
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What publicly accessible tall buildings are good for views & photography in Manhattan?

There was a similar question for London... but what about New York City? I'm mainly thinking (Midtown) Manhattan, but feel free to recommend awesome vantage points elsewhere in NYC too. If going to ...
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What city are these buildings in?

This advertisement is from Motor Trend magazine - November 1990. Additional Information: Yes, I am a fan of round and cylindrical buildings. I would like to see this grouping. I am sorry, I am new ...
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Identify waterside building / skyline

Among a friend's photos on Facebook I spotted an interesting skyline with a distinctive waterside building that looks like it's just being completed: I've travelled to over fifty countries and I can'...
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Time needed to visit the Seattle Space Needle

I'm planning to take a day trip to the Puget Sound area. One of the places I'm interested in visiting is the Space Needle. How much time does going into the Space Needle typically take, and how much ...
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Where are these white and blue buildings near water and cliffs?

Do you know this destination? If you know what it is, please tell me the name: I saw it on a travel site (but it had no additional information). I'm impressed by the good weather, architecture and ...
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Walking Hadrian's Wall

I am trying to plan a 3-4 day hike along the Hadrian's Wall, so in particular I am trying to figure out: What is the most interesting part of the wall (best preserved and in the nicest setting I ...
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Is there an official New York City architecture tour?

Every time I visit Chicago, I love taking one of the tours offered by the Chicago Architecture Foundation. These tours are excellent, run by enthusiasts, and take different forms. There are walking ...
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Can any of the Game of Thrones Castles in Ireland be Visited?

Westeros is a fictional locale in the popular 'Game of Thrones' series. Its stock footage for some castles is filmed in the Republic of Ireland. I would like to travel to Westeros for my next ...
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Is it possible see the interiors of the Dome of the Rock?

Is it possible to visit Dome of the Rock for non-muslim tourists these days? Last time I tried was in 2005, and back then it wasn't.
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Which chateaux of the Loire are worth visiting?

When visiting France, one of the great things to see are the Chateaux of the Loire Valley. An hour by TGV from Paris, yet a world apart, with stunning grand palatial castles in beautiful scenery, it's ...
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Name this church in Moscow, please?

I'm trying to type up my notes of Moscow, and can't seem to find the name of this church I took a photo of. After using google image search, however, I refound a photo of it at this location so have ...
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Where is this structure in Berlin?

What is the location of this structure in Berlin? I know it was part of a test project for the 'Germania' plan, but I cant find any information for the exact location in Berlin.