The world's 10 most beautiful buildings

Get a glimpse into the planet's most captivating architecture with these 10 beautiful buildings.

By Lonely Planet

The world's 10 most beautiful buildings: 1 of 10
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1. Museo Guggenheim, Spain
Some critics might argue that Frank Gehry's Museo Guggenheim in the northern Spanish city of Bilbao, opened in 1997, looks as though it's been taken to by a can-opener, but this is one of the most influential and striking buildings in modern architecture. With its ribbonlike sheets of titanium and its collection of interconnecting blocks, the museum gives a nod to Bilbao's industrialism but also to the saucerlike curves of Frank Lloyd Wright's Solomon R Guggenheim Museum in New York. Oh yeah...nearly forgot. There's art inside, too.

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