12 Amazing Architectural Masterpieces Surrounded by Water From Around the World
Buildings or structures surrounded by water are simply spectacular and amazing. There are several famous landmarks surrounded by water located from the different parts of the world. Here are some of the most impressive architectural structures built in the midst of a body of water or near or beside a body of water such as lake, pond or river.
1. Kobe Meriken Park Oriental Hotel – Japan
Kobe Meriken Park Oriental Hotel is a beautiful hotel in Meriken Park in Kobe, Japan. it is situated in a waterfront area called Harborland. this structure that resembles a luxury liner is called Kobe Meriken Paku Orientaru Hoteru in the Japanese language.
2. Turtle Tower – Vietnam
The Turtle Tower is a structure constructed in the middle of Sword Lake located in Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam. It is called Thap Rua in the Vietnamese language. It is also known as Tortoise Tower.
3. Rani Pokhari Temple – Nepal
The Rani Pokhari Temple, known in English as Queen Pond Temple and Ghantaghar or Hour House are surrounded by water. These unique structures are located at the heart of Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal – a small country located in the Himalayas.
4. Karawek Palace – Myanmar
One of the most impressive and spectacular palaces built in the midst of a body of water is the Karaweik Palace which is located on Kandawgyi Lake in Yangon.
5. Ceremonial Ship – Brunei Darussalam
This awesome structure that resembles a dragon boat called Ceremonial Ship is located outside the Omar Ali Saifuddin Mosque in Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Darussalam. The mosque is regarded as one of the most beautiful mosques in the world.
6. Angkor Wat – Cambodia
This amazing architectural masterpiece is Cambodia’s pride. It is completely surrounded by artificial body of water and is regarded as the country’s most popular tourist attraction.
This religious edifice is embedded in the country’s national flag.
7. Statue of Liberty – United States
One of the most popular statues in the world is the Statue of Liberty which is located in Liberty Island, New York, USA. It is one of the witnesses in the tragic 911 attacks. This spectacular structure, which is an iconic symbol of freedom, is a gift to the United States from the French government in lieu to their celebration of American independence.
This amazing architectural masterpiece is 93 meters tall from the base to the tip of the torch. The statue itself is 46 meters in height.
8. Egeskov Castle - Denmark
One of the world’s best preserved Renaissance water castles is the Egeskov Castle. This amazing architectural wonder is located in the south of the island of Funen, Denmark.
9. USS Arizona Memorial – Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, USA
The USS Arizona Memorial in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii is a structure built to commemorate the Japanese attack during the Second World War on December 7, 1941 and to honor the soldiers/sailors who perished on the said event.
This historic site, which is accessible only by boat, is visited by more than one million of people annually.
10. Sydney Opera House – Australia
One of the most recognizable iconic landmarks in the world from Australia is the Sydney Opera House. This uniquely designed building is constructed in Bennelong Point, Sydney. This multi-venue performing arts centre in Sydney is visited by more than 7 million people annually making it one of the most visited sites in the world.
11. Burj Al Arab – Dubai, United Arab Emirates
One of the most recently built structures in the midst of a body of water is the Burj Al Arab, a luxury hotel located in Dubai, UAE. This unique structure resembles a gigantic sail of a ship and is regarded as the 4th tallest hotel in the world at 321 meters. This spectacular edifice, which is considered as the only “seven star” hotel in the world, stands on an artificial island and connected to the mainland by a bridge. Hold your breath, prices of rooms can be as high as $27,000 per night.
12. Malacanang Palace - Philippines
Malacanang Palace, which is similar to the White House, is the official residence of the Philippine President. It was the residence also of Governor-generals during the Spanish regime from 1825 to 1898. It was also the residence of American Civil-governors during the American occupation of the Philippines. It is located in San Miguel, manila alongside the Pasig River on the mouth of Manila Bay.