London is one of the most visited cities in the world. It is famous for its great number of modern skyscrapers, monuments of the Roman Empire and magnificent palaces. After all, nothing reflects the culture and almost 2000-year history of the capital better than the buildings. We will tell you about several most beautiful buildings.
8. Barbican. This is a residential complex and Europe's largest cultural center with a stunning program related to art, cinema, theater, music, dance and education. The Barbican is perimeter-surrounded by high-rise apartment buildings, and in the center there are smaller houses. On the roofs, the gardens are set, creating an aura of privacy and comfort. Tourists are also attracted to an artificial lake, waterfalls and canals.
7. Shard. Shard - the location of one of the highest viewing platforms in Europe. The View from the Shard site was opened on February 1st, 2013. It occupies the last three floors of the skyscraper, from the 70th to the 72nd. The construction of the building is a 87-storey pyramid with the height of about 306 m, paneled with a mirror glass.
6. London Aquatics Center. The Water Sports Center in London is an interesting system of interaction of active urban environment and architecture. A complex silhouette of the roof resembling a wave is connected to the Stratford Bridge. The interior space of the center accommodates three swimming pools, which can change the depth and width depending on the nature of the competitions or classes held.
5. Liberty. This building is more like a museum than a department store, and is an independent landmark. It was built in the 1920s, and at that time the Tudor style was fashionable in architecture. Therefore, the department store looks the way they built in the ХVI century.
4. St. Pancras International. This train station is located in the center of London, northeast of the British Library and west of the nearby King's Cross Station. Its name St. Pancras International received in honor of the nearby church of St. Pancras. The building, built in 1865-1868 by the architect William Henry Berlow, is one of the most striking examples of English neo-Gothic architecture of the Victorian period.
3. Strawberry Hill House. Classic English house with absolutely authentic interior - very impressive. Inside there are several perfectly preserved fireplaces. The park next to it is also beautiful. By the way, did you know that this house inspired Horace Walpole to write “Otranto Castle”?
2. BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir. Shri Swaminarayan Mandir Temple, located in north-west London, is the largest Hindu center outside of India. In the supporting structures there is no metal, they are entirely made of stone. To hew them out, 2828 tons of Bulgarian limestone and 2,000 tons of Italian marble were delivered to India. A team of 1526 sculptors carved out 26 300 stone details. They were carefully numbered and sent to London. Here, on the spot, more than a thousand Indian volunteers-builders constracted the building as a colossal three-dimensional puzzle.
1. Natural History Museum. This museum is located in a very quaint building. It is covered with multi-colored tiles, has an intricate shape and is more like a church than a museum. The interiors, like the facade, are in the Roman-Byzantine style. The building is decorated with sculptures depicting animals and plants, and is surrounded by a small park.