50 Buildings You Should Know, Paperback

50 Buildings You Should Know Paperback

Part of the You Should Know series

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The fifty buildings presented here in chronological order represent the most compelling, intriguing, and awe-inspiring structures from all over the world.

Along with the Pyramids of Cheops, the Parthenon, and the Colosseum, readers will learn about other masterpieces such as the Hagia Sophia in Turkey; Cambodia's Temple Complex at Angkor Wat; the Potala Palace in Lhasa; and the Jewish Museum in Berlin.

Each entry features full color photographs of the structure along with informative text presented in a dynamic format.

Readers can find basic information about each building's artistic relevance, style, and contextual history while timelines and sidebars offer additional notes about architectural periods and techniques.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 176 pages, 200 colour illustrations
  • Publisher: Prestel
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Architecture
  • ISBN: 9783791338385



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Not a book you would want to sit down and read in one sitting, this is still an interesting read for someone interested in architecture. Nicely laid out in chronological order, this book lists 50 individual works, all presented with full color photographs covering at least two facing pages, but sometimes more. Sometimes the author focuses on the architect, sometime on the era, but each building is explained in terms of why it's important whether for design or construction. Probably more notable for buildings which are missing (no Empire State Building) it does cover a wide range and I learned a lot about architecture. A light read and highly recommended.

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