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Wonders of World Architecture

Neil Parkyn

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An exploration of 70 of the world’s most extraordinary feats of architecture and engineering explored and explained in authoritative contributions from 28 leading experts


The modern world’s greatest buildings capture the imagination and inspire wonder, whether they are places of worship, palaces of power or pleasure, skyscrapers, bridges, tunnels, canals, dams or colossal statues.

In Wonders of World Architecture, an international team of professional architects, engineers and leading architectural historians chart the progress of human ingenuity and creativity in erecting buildings, from AD500 to the present day.

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Book Details

Format: Paperback

Size: 26.0 x 20.0 cm

Extent: 304 pp

Illustrations: 352

Publication date: 3 August 2009

ISBN: 9780500284001

Contents List

Churches, Mosques, Temples & Shrines: Hagia Sophia • The Temple at Tanjavur • The Temple of Byodo-in • St Mark’s Cathedral • The Leaning Tower of Pisa • Chartres Cathedral • King’s College Chapel • St Peter’s Basilica • The Mosque of Selim II, Edirne •The Taj Mahal • St Paul’s Cathedral • The Panthéon, Paris • The Sagrada Familia • The Chapel of Notre Dame du Haut, Ronchamp Palaces & Castles: The Alhambra • The Forbidden City • The Topkapi • The Kremlin • The Escorial • Versailles • The Potala Palace • Schloss Schönbrunn • The Winter Palace • Neuschwanstein Castle • The Viceroy’s House, New Delhi • La Cuesta Encantada: Hearst’s Castle Public & State Buildings: The Houses of Parliament • Crystal Palace • The Opéra, Paris • The Pentagon • The Guggenheim Museum, New York • Walt Disney World • The Sydney Opera House • The Louisiana Superdome • The Pompidou Centre • Kansai Airport • The Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao Towers & Skyscrapers: The Washington Monument • The Eiffel Tower • The Empire State Building • The Gateway Arch • The World Trade Center • The Sears Tower • The CN Tower • The Hongkong and Shanghai Bank • Petronas Towers • New York-New York Hotel • The London Eye Bridges, Railways & Tunnels: The Iron Bridge, Coalbrookdale • The Thames Tunnel • Brooklyn Bridge • The Canadian Pacific Railway • The Forth Rail Bridge • Jungfrau Rail System • The Moscow Underground • Golden Gate Bridge • Seikan Tunnel • The Channel Tunnel • The Great Belt • Akashi Kaikyo Bridge Canals and Dams: The Erie Canal • The Suez Canal • The Panama Canal • The Hoover Dam • Itaipú Dam • Dutch Sea Barrier • The Three Gorges Dam Colossal Statues: The Statue of Liberty • The Statue of Christ Redeemer • Mount Rushmore

About the Author

Neil Parkyn is an architect and city planner who has worked in sixteen countries. He is also a prize-winning journalist and illustrator.

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