Throughout my life I have always had a passion for traveling and whenever it was possible, I loved nothing more than strapping a backpack on or packing up the suitcase, and heading off to explore somewhere new. The places that I visited changed greatly as my years rolled on, and with age I noticed that I had a far deeper appreciation of architecture, and in particular historical architecture. I have made many friends during my travels and when it comes to historical architecture, there is nobody better than the knowledgeable Abraham Cababie Daniel, a man who has taught me a great deal.
The way that I travel now is to go looking for the most spectacular pieces of historical architecture that I can find, and I wanted to share with you some of the most memorable buildings which I have been fortunate enough to visit.
La Pedrera, Barcelona
If Spain is on a top travel destination, this is a must see. An architect who has always stood out to me was Antoni Gaudi, a fascinating man with a brilliant mind, who was given licence to let his ideas roam free in the city of Barcelona and beyond. Whilst many will wax lyrical about his masterpiece, La Sagrada Familia, my personal favourite is La Pedrera. This building is unusual and beautiful in equal measure, built in line with the Art Nouveau movement, it is by far and away one of the most imaginative houses that I have ever seen.
St Paul’s Cathedral, London
In spite of the popularity of London’s installations such as Big Ben and Tower Bridge, for me its most iconic building is that of St. Paul’s Cathedral. Designed by the fantastic Christopher Wren, and with work beginning in the 17th Century, this building simply amazes from every angle. The most famous part of the cathedral is no doubt the impending dome which sits on top, and the fact that it sits on London’s highest point means that the dome can be seen from far and wide. This was actually the rebuilding of a church which perished in the Great Fire of London, and they have done a magnificent job in creating one of the most detailed and well planned buildings in the world.
The White House, Washington
Sometimes we miss what is right in front of our eyes, and that was something which I was definitely guilty of when it came to the White House. I was lucky enough to win a competition last year, with the prize being a tour around the building, and it blew me away. IT is not just the Presidents that have occupied this building that serve to impress you, so too does the building itself. Designed by Irishman James Hoban in 1792, the building was finished just 9 years later. The nooks and crannies of this building are architecturally mesmerising and so too are the external features. I you are able to, do everything that you can to get a tour of this wondrous building.