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Old December 21st, 2005, 12:57 PM   #1
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Most beautiful single structure ever built by man

What, in your mind, in the past or now, demolished or existent, is the single most beautiful structure ever built in human history?
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Old December 21st, 2005, 12:59 PM   #2
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Eiffel tower...for me
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Old December 21st, 2005, 02:00 PM   #3
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Old December 21st, 2005, 02:39 PM   #4
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Hi everyone,

It is the famous Petronas Twin Towers, designed by the American with input of ideas from Malaysia, built by the Japanese and Korean, construction workers from more than 30 nations and of course rest on the soil of Kuala Lumpur.

Petronas Twin Towers by day and night .... enjoy!











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Old December 21st, 2005, 03:46 PM   #5
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There are too many for me to pick one. The only modern one I can think of is
the Chrysler Building; I would say most of the most beautiful ones are older
buildings.
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Old December 21st, 2005, 03:47 PM   #6
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The question, as framed, demands a deeper thought...


So, if I were imprisoned, held as a privileged captive in the top apartments of a fortress, and could only look out on one building for the rest of my days, it would be this:



and of course, that's what happened to Shah Jahan, the creator of the Taj Mahal - the perfect culmination of Mughal architecture.

I am pretty sure I would not wish to look, solely, at a single (or twin) skyscraper for the rest of my days. The Petronas Towers are magnificent, but of a genre, and challenged by others (Burj Dubai, for one of many). Getting parochial, I think Utzon's Sydney Opera House is the most unique building of the past century, but I wouldn't wish to look at it, solely, for the rest of my days, or even many weeks. If it wasn't the Taj, you would have to go back in history for that ...the Parthenon, a Bavarian Castle, a Gothic cathedral, Gaudi's cathedral in Barcelona, a French chateau...but the real answer is probably a small, weathered wood temple-shrine somewhere in Japan, or somewhere else in Asia. I would want to think about it long and hard before I chose that one building, the most beautiful, that I could look out at endlessly
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Old December 21st, 2005, 04:01 PM   #7
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I also agree with Taj Mahal
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Old December 21st, 2005, 05:01 PM   #8
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The Parthenon is an achievement and gift to ALL of mankind:


People are inspired by it daily. Its stood for 2500 years and has endured bombings, countless earthquakes and the terrible pollution of Athens but it still stands(With help by the Greek Government mind you) as a symbol of what Mankind can achieve.
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Old December 21st, 2005, 06:29 PM   #10
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Old December 21st, 2005, 06:33 PM   #11
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WOW Taj looks mangnificent
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Old December 21st, 2005, 06:34 PM   #12
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An impossible but interesting question. I'd go with the Golden Gate Bridge.
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Old December 21st, 2005, 06:39 PM   #13
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Old December 21st, 2005, 08:36 PM   #14
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For me, at least so far it has to be Santa Maria della Consolazione in Todi
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Old December 21st, 2005, 08:56 PM   #15
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For me, it's undoubtedly the Taj Mahal.

St Paul's Cathedral is another personal favourite of mine, as is Salisbury Cathedral.

For skyscrapers it would have to be the Chrysler Building, Bank of China Tower, SwissRe, Burj Al Arab, and the Center (when lit at night).
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Old December 21st, 2005, 09:44 PM   #16
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The Taj is awesome, one of the best for sure.
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Old December 21st, 2005, 09:46 PM   #17
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Old December 21st, 2005, 10:25 PM   #18
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Old December 21st, 2005, 10:27 PM   #19
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Any Cathedral, the Eiffle Tower, The Chryslar Building, and I'm a sucker for Statues!
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Old December 21st, 2005, 10:32 PM   #20
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So many choices I cant pick one. In addition to what everyone has already said,
Golden Gate Bridge also deserves a nomination
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