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Architecture for the Soul

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Whether it is in Asia or Europe our built environment affects our mood, memories, and soul. This Wanderlist celebrates the buildings that celebrate that sentiment and make us want to travel the world to experience them.
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Krong Siem Reap, Cambodia
Better known as the Tomb Raider Temple since its starring role in the Hollywood movie of the same name, Ta Prohm has at least as much star quality as Angelina Jolie. Cloaked in dappled shadow and locked in the embrace of the vast root systems that...
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Calle de Bailén, 10, 28013 Madrid, Spain
After paying your patriotic fee of 10 Euro to enter the Royal Palace, you will notice the Almudena Cathedral beyond the courtyards gates. While I was too late in the day to be graced with the inner divinities of this structure I did in fact, get...
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Stephansplatz 1, 1010 Wien, Austria
In the heart of Vienna sits St. Stephen's Cathedral. Built in the late 12th century, it's a grand piece of beauty borrowing both from the Romanesque and Gothic styles of architecture. Unlike St. Vitus in Prague, St. Stephen's shimmers with light...
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Lower Ground, Concourse Level, Menara Berkembar Petronas, Kuala Lumpur City Centre, 50088 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Amazing views of Kuala Lumpur and a revolutionary feat of architectural design
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Often overlooked for the grand structures of Ramses II, Aswan's Necropolis is arguably the most important group of Islamic tombs in Egypt. The tombs date from the 7th to the 12th centuries CE, an important time of development for Islamic...
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502 N New Jersey St, Indianapolis, IN 46204, USA
If you've ever been to Cairo, there is a lifelong sense of withdrawal, we call the effect being"Misrified." When I miss Cairo I like to drive to downtown Indianapolis where the Old National Center (formerly the Murat Theatre) appeases the longing...
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Largo da Matriz - Centro Histórico, Pirenópolis - GO, 72980-000, Brazil
In the town of Pirenópolis, a 2-3 hour bus ride from Brasília, you can explore more examples of colonial architecture, one of the main examples being Igreja de Nossa Senhora do Rosário.
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29 Church St, Hamilton, Bermuda
Constructed of Bermuda limestone, Scottish granite, and French stones, the Cathedral of the Most Holy Trinity is a shining example of the melting pot that is Bermuda. This Anglican cathedral was designed in the tradition of grand European...
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Sultan Ahmet Mahallesi, Ayasofya Meydanı, 34122 Fatih/İstanbul, Turkey
Walk into Hagia Sophia (Aya Sofya) and look up to the heavens to see why so many conquerors and their respective religions claimed this basilica turned mosque turned museum as their own. Visitors will swoon over the Byzantine gilded mosaics,...
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Passeig de Gràcia, 43, 08007 Barcelona, Spain
It’s one of the most recognizable facades on Passeig de Gràcia: a modernist fantasy of undulating stone, brightly colored mosaics, and stained glass—one that could only come from the mind of famed Catalan architect Antoni...
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SEPS Quadra 702 Asa Sul, Brasília - DF, Brazil
One step inside this beautiful, yet unassuming Catholic cathedral and you are aglow with hundreds of shades of cobalt and plum. Situated in Brazil's capital city, Brasilia's, Sector Sul from the outside is merely a simple concrete building, yet...
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Krong Siem Reap, Cambodia
Crowds may swarm upon it daily from sunrise onwards, but exposure hasn’t dulled the impact of the largest religious monument in the world. Commissioned by King Suryavarman II in the 12th century as the centerpiece of the mighty Khmer empire,...
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26801 Ortega Hwy, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675, USA
I recall this church from my elementary school days when I had to do a 3-D project on it. Back then, it didn't matter to me much and I just wanted to get my good grade and be done with it. It wasn't until I visited the site myself when I was older...
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2471 Chemin Royal, Sainte-Famille, QC G0A 3P0, Canada
If you are traveling through Quebec and are looking for a taste of locally crafted beer, seek out anything produced by the Microbrasserie de l'Ile d'Orléans. I tried three of their brews, and loved every one (including one made using local maple...