The World's Most Beautiful Buildings (PHOTOS)

03/19/2011 10:38 am ET | Updated Sep 13, 2012

The world is loaded with beautiful buildings, and this list is but a small portion of what is out there. But a fine selection nonetheless.

There will inevitably be arguments about omissions, from the Sydney Opera House, to the Chrysler Building, and even Fallingwater. Let's not forget the sub-categories: the world's most beautiful mosques (of which there are many); America's still-visitable oldest buildings; not to mention all the incredible and historic palaces around the globe.

Instead considering this a jumping off point, a checklist of architectural must-sees for an eye-rewarding round-the-world trip.

There are sure to be buildings that you feel have been left off the list. We want to know about. Send us your thoughts and pictures from trips!

Captions courtesy of Lonely Planet.

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