To celebrate some of the world's most spectacular sights, Lonely Planet has rounded up 120 breath-taking buildings in a new book, . From national treasures to quirky constructions, here's a selection of the must-see monuments.
Built between 1631 and 1648 by order of the emperor Shah Jahan in tribute to his favourite wife, this white marble mausoleum is one of the most iconic .
Since its opening in 1973, this performing arts centre has become Australia's most recognisable building.
One of Moscow's most-photographed sites, this colourful cathedral has stood at the southern end of the Red Square since 1561.
Known as one of the UK's most historic sites, Bath's thermal springs attract over one million tourists a year. A recent £5.5 million redevelopment hopes to preserve the baths for the next century.
This palace in the Sintra hills, near Portugal's capital Lisbon, is loved for its Moorish style of architecture. It can be seen from any point of Pena park.
Described by Lonely Planet as an "English dream," this stunning 11th century cathedral is the third highest building in England. As well as its impressive tower, this building is also home to a stunning display of stained-glass windows.
Known as the Crazy House in Dalat, Lonely Planet sums up the design of this private home as: "think of Gaudí and Tolkien dropping acid together."
A golden lotus-shaped tower, this 400-bedroom hotel is the tallest building in Macau.
Gustave Eiffel's company built Paris' most famous monument for the 1889 World's Fair. The 1,063 ft iron structure is now one of the world's most popular landmarks.
'The little crooked house' looks like something from a fairytale, but it is in fact a shopping centre on a street in Sopot's Monte Cassino.
The 50,000-seat amphitheatre is cherished today as a spectacular display of Roman imperial power. It has recently undergone a multi-million pound restoration, for the first time in its 2,000 year history.
The Beijing National Stadium, nicknamed 'The Bird's Nest,' staged the 2008 Olympic Games.
This unique building was constructed in 1997 as the then head office for Longaberger, the company behind these trademark baskets. The 180,000-square-foot landmark recentlyfor $1.2 million.
This Islamic palace complex is one of Spain's top attractions. "Their showpiece palaces, the 14th-century Palacios Nazaríes, are among the finest Islamic buildings in Europe," writes Lonely Planet.