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  1. Arc Jack Sam Dantong
    Arc Jack Sam Dantong at |

    Fantastic, good selection and presentation.

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  2. Ted
    Ted at |

    Hagia Sophia stands out on this list. Attractive and historic sure, but hardly iconic.

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    1. dr reality check
      dr reality check at |

      It appears you’re not knowledgeable in history. Hagia Sophia is more historically important over the last 1400 years then most of the other icons on this page, not to mention it’s immensely iconic structure itself. I won’t waste my time doing the research for you, you have a computer. It’s best not to reveal a lack of knowledge on a subject by providing evidence of it on line.

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      1. Chris
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        It appears you are not knowledgeable in definitions. Historical importance has naught to do with iconism. An iconic structure is solely merited on it’s fame, popularity and recognition. Hence, some of the structures on this list (I’m looking at you Burj Al Arab) are significant, but not iconic.

        Fact is that most people would not be able to tell you where the Hagia Sophia was based on a photo alone. Not so with the Pyramids, Eiffel Tower, The Empire State Building, The Taj Mahal or the Sydney Opera House.

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  3. Jessica
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    Well there are far more influential buildings when purely architecture is involved, but the list has some pretty captivating buildings. A fun fact, when the Eiffel Tower was built for the Worlds Expo, the people of Paris hated it. One author wrote how he would eat there every day only because it is the only place in Paris where he wouldn’t have to look at it. Personally, I was kinda hoping the Sagrada Familia would make the list, or the Guggenhiem maybe even the “Blur Building”, from 2002. If anyone is interested in checking out some important modern architects I would recommend checking out Frank Lloyd Wright, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Le Corbusier, Walter Gropius and many others.

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    1. Hanno Phoenicia
      Hanno Phoenicia at |

      Jessica; Probably you would want to include Antonio Gaudi, given your comment.

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  4. Hanno Phoenicia
    Hanno Phoenicia at |

    The list is of structures, not just buildings, but that’s not a big deal. A list like this will always be controversial and there will always be different views on what should be on it. I mostly liked the choices and have visited 7 of them, the most recent being the Eiffel Tower a little over a month ago. I’m pleased #1 was the Giza plateau pyramids, nothing more iconic than those. I’ve been in the tunnels of Pyramid two, the well preserved one in the middle, not recommended for the claustrophobic.

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  5. Jessica
    Jessica at |

    well i think it is a lovely website. It is very good for history!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  6. Boers
    Boers at |

    What a dumb list. There’s no question that the Eiffel Tower should be at number 1. Noone even knows where those pyramids exactly are. Everyone knows the Eiffel Tower is in Paris.

    About the Big Ben: who gives a shoot about that ugly tiny towers.

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    1. Hanno Phoenicia
      Hanno Phoenicia at |

      Boers; You may be the only person in the world who doesn’t know where the pyramids are. The Eiffel tower is at least the most iconic structure in Europe. Everyone with good taste in Architecture cares about Westminster Palace and Big Ben. You’ve clearly never traveled.

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  7. sharmi
    sharmi at |

    What about the White House?

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  8. frank
    frank at |

    You are missing out the World Trade Center, probably the most iconic building that shaped the world history in 21st century.

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    1. Meh
      Meh at |

      Being destroyed does not make a building iconic… besides even when they were standing, the Empire State building was better known

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      1. Hanno Phoenicia
        Hanno Phoenicia at |

        Meh is correct. The Twin Towers were somewhat iconic but raised in stature when they were destroyed with the most loss of life on US territory in history. When they were first built, though, one media wag described them as “the box the Empire State Building came in)” I found them impressive, though. The ESB was more so.

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  9. Nuraly
    Nuraly at |

    Why is big Ben higher than Eifel Tower

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    1. Hanno Phoenicia
      Hanno Phoenicia at |

      The list is just someone’s opinion. I agree with their #1 choice which I think everyone would, but the rest is subjective. Instead of Big Ben they should have named the entire Westminster Palace. The Eiffel Tower is the most iconic structure in Europe and seen in person, it’s more a great work of art than just an architectural masterpiece.

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  10. Stephen
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    Twin towers? 🙁

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    1. Hanno Phoenicia
      Hanno Phoenicia at |

      Stephen; I miss them too. An act of evil from an evil part of the world. That also answers Hamid’s question.

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  11. zammer
    zammer at |

    CN tower in Toronto …..

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    1. dr reality check
      dr reality check at |

      The CN tower is pretty tall, but not iconic nor an impressive work of architecture. The most iconic building in Canada is the Chateau Frontenac in Quebec City a true masterpiece.

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  12. Derek
    Derek at |

    I believe Dubai now has the tallest building in the world.

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  13. Eric Shafer
    Eric Shafer at |

    I don't agree with all the choices, there are certainly some buildings that could be on here (Burj Dubai, the Sears Tower, the Space Needle) but all in all it's a decent list.

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    1. burnaby bill
      burnaby bill at |

      yeah right the sears tower cmon

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  14. Hamid
    Hamid at |

    You havent added the Holy Kaaba (grand mosque of Makkah– towards which the entire muslim world faces and prays) and the mausoulem of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) in Madina….the entire muslim world recognizes…

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    1. skai
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      Hamid ” You haven’t added the holy kaaba [ grand mosque of makkah- towards….” By the way there are hundreds of worship places all over the world like kaaba where non muslims worship/ pray , should those all be included? Get a life.

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      1. Craig
        Craig at |

        Almost everyone in the world has heard of or seen the Kaaba but hardly anyone would recognise local mosques and every Muslim in the world is trying visit it; I’d add the Kaaba and St Peter’s Basilica to this and delete The Louvre as it just looks like a building there could be several similar buildings like in many cities and Burj Al Arab as it’s just a boring modern building.

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  15. alex
    alex at |

    St. Basil Cathedral…

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  16. Equalizer
    Equalizer at |

    Statue of Liberty?…

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    1. scott
      scott at |

      The Statue of Liberty isn't a building.

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      1. Kurt
        Kurt at |

        If that's the case, ones like the Eiffel Tower and Big Ben shouldn't be on this list either.

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      2. Equalizer
        Equalizer at |

        I hate to admit it but I think Scott has a point. Statue of Liberty is consider as a "statue" (duh) just like Mt Rushmore and should not be consider as a building. An Iconic Structure perhaps but not a building. I have to give credits with the author too for not including it, my bad.

        But perhaps we should also include "Taipei 101" in #11 which is the present tallest building in the world.

        Would you agree?

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        1. blaine
          blaine at |

          I think if you can go in somthin it is considered a building and you can go to thw top of the statue of liberty

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          1. Hanno Phoenicia
            Hanno Phoenicia at |

            By definition, the Statue of Liberty is a building. Tourists can go thru the entire stand and it’s floors, and inside the statue by stairs or elevator. The head has an indoor observatory. Until closed for safety, there are stairs and a passage way up to the torch, with a look out no longer in use. Same for the Eiffel Tower. Some of you have never been to these structures and have no idea what they are.

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            1. Chris
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              I think that’s a pretty subjective definition. I believe that a building is a permanent structure with walls, at least one level and a roof. It’s primary purpose must be one that compliments typical building use (i.e. living, manufacturing, government, commerce etc.). As such, I would hesitate to include the Statue of Liberty in this group as it is primarily a statue.

          2. Chris
            Chris at |

            You can go to the top of Mt Everest and that is certainly not a building. Same with the Great Wall of China, London’s Tower Bridge and Sydney’s Harbour Bridge. All iconic structures, all can be climbed, yet none of them are buildings.

            You really didn’t think very much before you said “I think”.

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        2. AdmiralSirJohn
          AdmiralSirJohn at |

          Actually, the Burj Dubai is taller than Taipei 101 by quite a bit.

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    2. Hanno Phoenicia
      Hanno Phoenicia at |

      Equalizer; I would have included the Statue of Liberty and left out the inconsequential Dubai hotel.

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      1. Hanno Phoenicia
        Hanno Phoenicia at |

        Good comment. The Dubai Hotel hasn’t been an icon in decades. The Statue of Liberty is the most famous structure in the US and has international significance.

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