10 of the world's most beautiful buildings

10 of the world's most beautiful buildings

The world's most beautiful buildings have been uncovered in a new study, with London's St. Paul's Cathedral scooping the top spot.

Research conducted by Roofing Megastore used the golden ratio — an ancient algebraic equation — to analyse 100 of the most famous buildings around the world. Whether you're looking for a little future travel inspiration or simply want to see what made the list, these best-looking landmarks really are incredibly stunning.

Roofing Megastore's Managing Director, Gian Carlo-Grossi, says: 'Whether you're an architect or not, many people have an opinion on which styles of architecture prevail over others, and it is a debate that continues right down to the styles of home we live in.

'Being based in the UK, we were thrilled to find out that the official most beautiful building in the world is located in London. But beyond St. Paul's Cathedral itself, it was also evident that traditional buildings win out over much of the modern architecture found in today's skylines.'

Take a look at the full findings below...

1., St. Paul's Cathedral, England

St. Paul's Cathedral, England

St. Paul's Cathedral in London has been crowned the world's most beautiful building, with its baroque stylings being voted as the best. As well as having a beautiful facade, it has provided a place of worship for more than 1,400 years, making it incredibly special.


2., Marina Bay Sands, Singapore

Marina Bay Sands, Singapore

Singapore's most iconic hotel took the second spot, famed for its award-winning dining, large rooftop infinity pool, and breathtaking views of the Singapore skyline. It's definitely one to add to your must-visit list once it's safe to travel...


3., Westminster Abbey, England

Westminster Abbey, England

Another win for London, Westminster Abbey came third in the round-up. A brilliant mixture of architectural styles, it's considered the finest example of Early English Gothic. As well as being over 700 years old, it usually welcomes over one million visitors a year. Have you ever been inside?


4., Osaka Castle, Japan

Osaka Castle, Japan

Osaka Castle, one of the most famous and historic castles in all of Japan, is also among the most beautiful. Located in Kyobashi, it's now a five-storey museum which usually draws in a steady crowd of visitors each year.


5., St. Basil's Cathedral, Russia

St. Basil's Cathedral, Russia

This beautiful red cathedral in Red Square, Russia, is Moscow's most famous artistic work of architecture. It was built between 1555 and 1561 by Ivan the Terrible, and is famous for its fairy tale-like facade.


6., Casa Mila, Spain

Casa Mila, Spain

Over in Spain, the Casa Mila is one of Barcelona's most popular landmarks. Bold, creative and inventive inside, it's certainly worth visiting in the future.


7., Florence Cathedral, Italy

Florence Cathedral, Italy

This typical Italian Gothic building has dreamy architectures, making it arguably the most beautiful building in the sunshine city. It might have taken over 100 years to build, but its dome stretches almost ten storeys into the air and weighs over 40,000 tonnes. Impressive!

8., Taj Mahal, India

Taj Mahal, India

Perhaps one of the best-known buildings, the Taj Mahal in India is often described as one of the wonders of the world. With its gorgeous ivory-white marble and picturesque gardens, we're not at all surprised it made the list.

9., Dancing House, Czech Republic

Dancing House, Czech Republic

This unique-looking building, which is located on one of the Vltava River's side, is certainly a sight to behold. Built in 1996 by architects Vlado Milunić and Frank Gehry, the building gets its name as it resembles the famous figures of dancers Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire.


10., Neuschwanstein Castle, Germany

Neuschwanstein Castle, Germany

This 19th-century historicist palace situated on a rugged hill looks like it belongs in a fairy tale book. Translating to New Swan Stone castle, it is most famous for making an appearance in the 1968 film Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.


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