Historic Architectural Masterpieces Around the World

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Lincoln Cathedral

It was the tallest building in the world for 238 years. After came Gizeh.

Architect: Bishop Remigious

Patron: William the Conqueror

Style: Gothic

Century: Consecrated 11 May 1092




Style: Prehistoric monument

Century: Constructed from 3000 BC to 2000 BC.

Great Pyramids, Gizeh, Egypt: It is the oldest of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, and the only one to remain largely intact.



Style: Prehistoric

Century: 2580-2560 BC

The Parthenon, Athens, Greece: dedicated to the goddess Athena, whom the people of Athens considered their patron.

Architect: Iktinos, Callicrates

Patron: Athenian Empire

Style: Classical Greece

Century: Completed 432 BC

Maison Carree, Nimes, France the Maison Carree was dedicated or rededicated to Gaius Caesar and Lucius Caesar.


Patron: Augustus

Style: Roman

Century: Completed ca. 2 AD

La Madeleine (bigger), Paris, France

Architect: Pierre-Alexandre Vignon

Patron: Napoleon dedicated to Mary Magdalene

Style: Roman temple, neo-classical

Century: 1842

The Colosseum Rome: also known as the Flavian Amphitheatre

Architect: Vespian, Titus

Patron: Vespian, Titus

Style: Ancient Roman

Century: 70–80 AD

Arch of Titus Rome to commemorate Titus's victories, inspiration for Arc d’Triumph

Architect: Emperor Domitian

Patron: Emperor Domitian

Style: Ancient Roman

Century: Constructed c. AD 82

Arc de Triomphe, L’Etoile It was commissioned in 1806 after the victory at Austerlitz by Emperor Napoleon at the peak of his fortunes.

Architect: Jean Chalgrin Louis-Étienne Héricart de Thury

Patron: Emperor Napoleon

Style: Neoclassicism

Century: Inaugurated 29 July 1836

Trajan’s Column Rome commemorates Roman Emperor Trajan's victory in the Dacian Wars.

Architect: Probably Apollodorus of Damascus

Patron: Emperor Trajan

Style: Ancient Roman

Century: AD 107~113

Colonne de Vendome, Paris dedicated to the Battle of Austerlitz. She was inspired by Trajan's Column in the Forum of Trajan in Rome.

Architect: Napoleon

Patron: Napoleon

Style: Commemorative column

Century: Construction 1810

The Pantheon Rome bigger, shorter Marcus Agrippa started an impressive building program: the Pantheon was a part of the complex created by him on his property

Architect: Maybe Apollodrus of Damascus

Patron: Trajan, Hadrian

Style: Roman Temple

Century: 113–125 AD

Le Pantheon Paris It was originally built as a church dedicated to St. Genevieve and to house the reliquary châsse containing her relics, with a façade modeled on the Pantheon in Rome,

Architect: Jacques-Germain Soufflot, Jean-Baptiste Rondelet

Patron: Dedicated church

Style: Neoclassicism

Century: Completed 1765 AD

Notre-Dame of Paris: The cathedral is consecrated to the Virgin Mary and considered to be one of the finest examples of French Gothic architecture

Architect: North transept- Jean de Chelles south transept finished by Pierre de Montreuil

Patron: Under Bishop Maurice de Sully

Style: French Gothic

Century: Completed 1345

St Etienne du Mont (St. Gervais.s)It contains the shrine of St. Genevieve, the patron saint of Paris.

Architect: Gabriel-Jules Thomas

Patron: Devoted to the Virgin Mary, then to St. John the Apostle

Style: French Gothic, French Renaissance

Century: Completed 1624

Úrsula of the Sorbonne (1635-42)

Architect: Jacques Lemercier

Patron: Private chapel for university

Style: Renaissance and the Baroque

Century: Finished 1642

Il Gesu (more yellow) is the mother church of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits), a Catholic religious order.

Architect: Giacomo Barozzi da Vignola Giacomo della Porta

Patron: By Saint Ignatius of Loyola

Style: The first truly Baroque façade

Century: Consecrated 1584

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