1. La Grand-Palace, Brussels, Belgium
Brussels's central square, La Grand-Place, features nearly 40 opulent guildhalls built between the 14th century and 17th century. A bell tower and Gothic gargoyles mark its most famous landmark, the Hôtel de Ville (City Hall).
2. Palau de la Música Catalana, Barcelona, Spain
This is one of the finest examples of Catalan modernism—think rich details, floral motifs, and curved lines—by Art Nouveau architect Lluís Domènech i Montaner (along with the city's Hospital de Sant Pau). Natural light illuminates the entire building during daytime hours, thanks to the stained-glass walls and inverted dome skylight.
3. Taj Mahal, India
The is a temple dedicated to love, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and one of the most-visited tourist sites in all of India. Sites within the complex are all popular with photographers, including the main Cenotaph, the Mosque, and the museum exhibit giving the origins of the site and its architecture.
4. Historical Monuments of Mtskheta, Georgia
The former capital of Georgia has three picturesque, clifftop medieval churches. Sadly, lack of preservation and unaddressed deterioration of the architecture and artwork have landed this site on UNESCO’s .
5. Bryggen, Norway
This UNESCO Heritage Site is the old merchant quarter of Bergen and the only preserved business district from the Hanseatic period. The wharf of Bryggen inspired the design of the city of , and it’s still in use today with offices, shops, and restaurants bustling with activity and filled with charm.