Best buildings in the world from The Pantheon to Cambridge University Library
John Rentoul is chief political commentator for The Independent on Sunday, and visiting professor at King's College, London, and at Queen Mary University of London. Previously he was chief leader writer for The Independent. He has written a biography of Tony Blair, whom he admired more at the end of his time in office than he did at the beginning.
Sunday 03 August 2014
This list was inspired by Tom Wilkinson's 'Bricks & Mortals: Ten Great Buildings and the People They Made', published by Bloomsbury last month. A lovely book that starts with the Tower of Babel and ends with Oscar Niemeyer's 2010 footbridge to Rocinha, Rio de Janeiro's biggest favela, which I think is hideous.
1. The Pantheon, Rome
Still the largest unsupported concrete dome in the world, two millennia after its construction, says Mark Wallace.
Medieval monastery in the South of France, built into the side of a cliff. Nominated by Tom Doran.
3. The Romanian Parliament building
Hideous but also sort of impressive, says Daniel Knowles. Started in 1984 and almost finished by Ceausescu's fall in 1989.
4. La Mezquita de Cordoba
Built as a mosque, converted to a cathedral. From Matthew Knowles.
5. Cambridge University Library
Nominated by David Boothroyd.
6. King Ludwig's castle at Neuschwanstein
The original for all Disney fairy-story castles. Suggested by Simon Wilder.
7. King's College Chapel, Cambridge
8. St Paul's Cathedral
I know it's obvious. There is a reason for that. Thanks to Josephine Formby.
9. Taj Mahal
Ditto. From Mark Lott.
10. Edwin Lutyens' Liverpool Catholic Cathedral
Started in 1933 but never finished; would have been beautiful. Nominated by the Labour History Group.
Next week: Horrible buildings, unleashing my inner Prince Charles.
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