Mankind has created an impressive array of architectural feats throughout history. Across the world, some of the most impressive structures still stand today, revealing intricate and in-depth stories in their details. Despite being built centuries ago, these international builds are still standing strong, revealing the ingenuity and creation at the heart of popular culture over the years.
- The Jokhang
Despite being built in AD 639, The Jokhang temple in Tibet is standing as tall as it ever did. Located in the city of Lhasa, the structure is a Buddhist temple, serving as a marker for the ancient religion in the region. The temple came about as a result of Songstan Gampo, a King who married two women at the same time. Both brides brought with them a statue of Buddha, for which the King built a temple. For one of the Princesses, however, it wasn’t enough and fueled on by jealousy, she demanded that the King build a separate construction for her offering. The Jokhang was therefore built. While the building has been reconstructed over the years, large parts of its original structure are still intact on the site.
- Arch of Titus
One of the most enduring symbols of ancient Rome, the Arch of Titus dates back as far as AD 82. Built in honor of the then-Emperor of Rome, Titus, the arch commemorated his triumph over Jerusalem and the capture of the Second Temple. Located on the sacred road, the arch illustrates the tale of the feat, demonstrating the soldiers as they overtook the land of Jerusalem. The shape of the arch has since become influential, acting as a model for structures such as the Arch de Triomphe in Paris.
- Dhamek Stupa
One of the most ancient constructions in India, the Dhamek Stupa is one of the most spiritually significant, too. Typically, dead leaders were commemorated in Stupas, large rounded structures that housed their remains. When the Buddha came around in the country, he decreed that all those who were enlightened should be honored with the same kind of burial. Thus, the Dhamek Stupa was created and, while it might not be the only to remain in the country, it is one of the oldest around.
- Ponte Sant’Angelo
One of the most famous bridges in Europe, the Ponte Sant’Angelo is also one of the most popular sites in Rome. Built in AD 134, the bridge came about under the ruling of the Emperor Hadrian, who is remembered for his construction of the northerly wall in England. One of the most architecturally intricate bridges in the region, the Ponte Sant’Angelo was built to connect a public square to Hadrian’s mausoleum. The famous angelic figures were not added until 1688, having been created by Gian Lorenzo Bernini.