You don’t have to go to school for five years or be a regular Frank Lloyd Wright to enjoy different types of architecture. For thousands of years, humans have constructed buildings to reflect their wealth, cultural heritage, religious beliefs, and more. If you find beautiful architecture alluring and enjoy traveling, make sure to visit these different architectural meccas around the world.


Frank Lloyd Wright is widely regarded as one of the most successful and innovative architects in American history. Using organic architecture, Wright created domiciles and commercial buildings that harmoniously blend human habitation and the natural world. With over 530 buildings designed over a 70-year span, Wright is also one of the most prolific architects in history. If you can only see just one building by Wright, make sure it’s Fallingwater. Located in rural Pennsylvania, this house is partially built over a waterfall and is open for tours throughout the year.

If you want to experience a Wright building for an evening, book a stay at the Park Inn Hotel in Mason City, Iowa. Located in rural northern Iowa, this hotel is the only remaining one built by Wright. Recent renovations have brought the hotel back to life, and you can hop on a tour or stay in the luxury suite for an evening.


Rock-cut architecture creates homes, churches, and other living areas by cutting into existing rock formations. Cultures from around the world have used this technique for defense, isolation, or escape from extreme temperatures.

Built in 312 B.C. in southern Jordan, Petra is one of the most famous rock-cut buildings in the world. It remained unknown to western civilization for over 2,000 years, when a Swiss explorer stumbled across it. Today, it’s perhaps most famous as being the final setting in “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.”

Another awesome, but strange, example of rock-cut architecture is located in Coober Pedy, Australia. Situated in the middle of the Australian Outback, Coober Pedy is home to the largest opal mining operation in the world. The climate is harsh, with temperatures that regularly soar to 120 degrees Fahrenheit. To combat the extreme temperatures, the town has many homes, churches, businesses, and even bars located partially or entirely below ground.


Popularized in the late Middle Ages, Gothic architecture is an imposing style that conjures up visions of gargoyles and the macabre. In architectural terms, it’s characterized by ribbed vaults, flying buttresses, spires, and pointed arches. Many buildings in Europe, specifically churches, use Gothic architecture, such as the Salisbury Cathedral in England. However, the Cologne Cathedral in Cologne, Germany, is the most-visited Gothic building in the world, attracting around 20,000 visitors a day.

For something a bit closer to home, visit the St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Manhattan, which, although it’s only a little over 100 years old, is a stunning example of Gothic architecture.

With so many styles of architecture around the world, you don’t have to travel too far to see some of the most breathtaking buildings in the world.