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8 getaways for the aspiring architect


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Which is the first thing you think of when you are planning your next holiday? Is it the activities, the gastronomy, the perfect selfie backdrop, or is it simply a search for somewhere you can relax and soak up some A-class rays?

If you are anything like me and adore historical sites, architecture and buildings, then this is the article for you.

These are some of the best places to see impressive architecture around the world, and, even better, they are purse-friendly!

1. Riga, Latvia

House of Blackheads – Riga, Latvia. Image credit: User 680451 at Pixabay.

Filled with history and architecture, Riga is a prime spot for beautiful buildings such as the House of Blackheads and the famous Central Market, where a variety of bread, beers and cheese are served.

Approximately 142,000 British Nationals visit Latvia each year, according to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO), where they can bask in the splendid architecture. 

2. Bagan, Myanmar (Burma)

Temples of Bagan – Bagan, Myanmar. Image credit: Vinatourist83 on Pixabay.

2)     The ancient city of Bagan, Myanmar (aka Burma) is a mesmerising destination teeming with temples and the remains of the ancient Burmese Pagan Kingdom. You have the option of seeing over 2,000 temples by foot, or by hot air balloon.

It should be noted that the FCO advises against travel in some areas of Myanmar for safety reasons.

3. Cusco, Peru

Rainbow Mountain – Cusco, Peru. Image credit: jerzykwpodrozy on Pixabay.

Once the capital of the Inca Empire, this city boasts stunning Spanish colonial architecture, archaeological remains and the amazing natural beauty of the Rainbow Mountain. Definitely a selfie-worthy background!

4. Salvador da Bahia, Brazil

Pelourinho - Salvador, Brazil. Image credit: Soeal84 at Pixabay

The capital of Bahia in the northeast of Brazil is famous for its Portuguese colonial architecture. There are large squares at the end of cobblestone alleys, colourful buildings and baroque Churches such as Sao Francisco to explore.

Despite high crime levels in Brazil, over 185,000 British nationals visit the country each year.

5. Petra, Jordan

The Monastery – Petra, Jordon. Image credit: Plukje at Pixabay. 

If you are an Indian Jones fan, then you may recognise this beautiful destination. Not only was it used in the final scene of Indiana Jones: The Last Crusade, but it is also a famous historical site in Jordon’s southwest dessert, dating to around 300 B.C.

Visits to Jordan are mostly trouble free, however, there are warnings of travel around the Syrian border.

6. Lisbon, Portugal

Castle – Lisbon, Portugal. Image credit: Essuera at Pixabay.

Portugal is known for its amazing beaches and being budget-friendly, but the city of Lisbon also offers impressive architecture - such as the pastel-coloured rainbow of houses in the hills and Sao Jorge castle. Nearby there is also the The National Azulejo Museum, which displays five centuries of decorative ceramic tiles.

7. Istanbul, Turkey

The Blue Mosque (aka Sultan Ahmed) – Istanbul, Turkey. Image credit: Vedatzorluer at Pixabay.

The only place in the world that divides Europe and Asia, Istanbul has so much to offer and is a beautiful city with a rich architectural history. The Blue Mosque, the Sultan Ahmed, will make you drop down to your knees in awe, and the Galata Tower will make you fall in love again.

Also in Istanbul, The Hagia Sophia (now a museum) tells the story of two of the largest religions of the world - Christianity and Islam.

8. Lahore, Pakistan

Badshahi Mosque – Lahore, Pakistan. Image credit: Hussain Ibrahim at Unsplash

Truly underrepresented, Pakistan is home to some of the most beautiful buildings in the world and has a rich history to share.

Having lived there for a few months and had the opportunity to travel within the country, there are far too many architectural hotspots to list them all. But, to name a few: Lahore, Islamabad, Swat Valleys, Karachi, Multan, Peshawar and Sindh. All these places have a fascinating history and gorgeous buildings, ranging in eras of influence from Mughal to British.

Worried about safety? The FCO states that over 270,000 British Nationals visit Pakistan every year and most visits are trouble-free.

Lead image credit: Vinatourist83 on Pixabay

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