Can you identify these famous buildings?

Taj Mahal

Can you identify some of the world's most famous structures? Test your knowledge of everything from modern skyscrapers to ancient stadiums and beyond.

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Which famous cathedral is pictured here?

You may recognize the London metro area surrounding St. Paul's Cathedral, which was constructed in the 17th century by English architect Sir Christopher Wren. It took 10 years just to design this building, and another 40 years to construct it. St. Paul's has the world's largest dome.

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White House
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How long did it take to construct the White House?

Designed by James Hoban, the White House was constructed between 1792 and 1800 and made of Aquia Creek sandstone, as were many early government buildings. The first president to live in the White House was President John Adams, though his successor Thomas Jefferson famously expanded the building.

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Leaning Tower of Pisa
True or false? The Leaning Tower of Pisa was originally designed to lean on purpose.

Soft ground began to give way under one side of the tower during its construction, which took nearly 200 years to complete after it was started in 1173 because of a series of wars. It currently leans just under 4 degrees, and is predicted to collapse in the next 100 years or so.

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Which of these structures is one of the ASCE's Seven Wonders of the Modern World?

The American Society of Civil Engineers has declared the Channel Tunnel, Toronto's CN Tower, the Empire State Building, the Golden Gate Bridge, the Itaipu Dam, the Netherlands' Delta Works and the Panama Canal the Seven Wonders of the Modern World — distinct from the varying lists of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.

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"Inside-Out" Building
Known as the "Inside-Out Building," this skyscraper is located in which major world city?

The Lloyd's building was built between 1978 and 1986 by architect Richard Rogers. Its pipes, stairs and elevators are all on the outside of the building, making it one of the most unique structures in the world.

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Historically, Rome's Colosseum has been used for which of the following?

The largest amphitheatre in the world, it's no wonder that it has been used for so many different activities. Most famously known for hosting the gladiator games, the Colosseum can seat up to 50,000 spectators. It was constructed between the years 72 and 80 AD.

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Taj Mahal
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The Taj Mahal was built to be:

Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan’s wife died giving birth to their 14th child. The Taj Mahal was built to be her tomb.

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Space Needle
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Which of these statements about the Space Needle is false?

Remarkably durable, the Space Needle was designed by Edward E. Carlson and John Graham for the World's Fair in Seattle.

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Kuala Lumpur
Identify the twin skyscrapers to the right in this photo.

The Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, were designed by Cesar Pelli and Achmad Murdijat. These twin towers are among the tallest buildings in the world.

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Hagia Sophia
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Hagia Sophia, now a museum, was originally:

Istanbul’s Hagia Sophia, built in 537, was a Greek Orthodox church for almost 1,000 years. It then served as a mosque for nearly 500 years, until it was made a museum in 1935.

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Buckingham Palace
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True or false? Buckingham Palace was bombed nine times during WWII.

The property bought by King George III in 1735 was a simple, red brick house. Many architects have worked on it since,and it has undergone many renovations since the damage it suffered during the war.

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Fallingwater, now a national landmark, was first built as a private residence by which architect?

Frank Lloyd Wright built this house in the Laurel Highlands of the Allegheny Mountains in Pennsylvania in 1934. It's a prime example of his design philosophy of organic architecture, based on the premise that structures should be in harmony with the environment.

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Temple of the Gods
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What ancient monument is shown here?

Remarkably well-preserved, the Pantheon has the world’s largest unreinforced concrete dome. People have worshiped under its roof for over 2,000 years.

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Name this famous museum:

The Guggenheim Museum Bilbao in Spain is the result of a lively competition. Architect Frank Gehry’s design won, and the building was completed in 1997.

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Angkor Wat
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Identify this famous UNESCO site:

Angkor Wat in Angkor Thom, Cambodia, is a sanctuary built in the 12th century. It is a gorgeous example of Khmer architecture.

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Tallest builings in the world
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Which building is the tallest in the world?

While the Willis Tower (formerly known as the Sears Tower) was the world's tallest building for 25 years, Dubai's Burj Khalifa towers over all of these at 2,600 feet tall (that's over 1,000 feet taller than the Willis Tower)!

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Tallest buildings in US
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What is the tallest building in the U.S.?

One World Trade Center is the tallest building in the nation — and perhaps the most symbolic. Nicknamed the “Freedom Tower,” it stands at 1,776 feet tall (including the spire). The building has been topped out, but its interior is not yet complete.

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Whimsical building
Identify this whimsical building in Moscow:

Built during the reign of Ivan the Terrible, this Disney-like structure was built to resemble a bonfire. It served as a cathedral until 1928, when it was turned into a museum.

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Notre Dame de Paris
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Notre Dame de Paris is an example of what architectural style?

This French Gothic structure is tall and thin, with pronounced flying buttresses.

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The Palace of Versailles was built during the reign of which French king?

King Louis XIV and his court brought power from Paris to Versailles. A royal palace until 1793, Versailles is known for its Hall of Mirrors and hundreds of fountains.

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Eiffel Tower
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True or false? The Eiffel Tower is used for radio transmissions.

It’s more than just a tourist attraction; both radio and television stations broadcast signals from the Eiffel Tower’s topmost point.

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Buddha statue
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This Buddha statue is one of 72 that adorn which holy site?

In Java, Indonesia, the Borobudur Temple is a beautiful and astounding example of Indonesian Buddhist art and architecture.

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Machu Picchu
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Who built and occupied Machu PIcchu?

This ancient Incan fortress in the Cusco Region of Peru rests atop elaborate terraces. It was built for the Incan emperor Pachacuti in the mid-15th century.