Love is a force that makes people fly above the earth and perform feats. It is a muse for poets, artists, composers, and writers. Others are ready to build incredible beauty buildings in the name of love.
In the world, there are several examples of fabulously beautiful and romantic architecture, but, unfortunately, many of the buildings are associated with tragic love. And even those, who don’t believe in love, will still appreciate the buildings presented in this article, built in the name of love and in honor of loved ones. But first, visit this dating site. Maybe you will find the one for whom you will want to make something impressive.
Very soon, Taj Mahal, the snow-white symbol of India, will celebrate its 380th anniversary. This magnificent building would never have appeared if it wasn’t built due to the beautiful and very tragic love story of the Indian Shah Jahan and his beloved wife, Mumtaz Mahal. For 17 years of happy marriage, a crowned couple had 13 children.
But in 1629, terrible grief came to the family: Mumtaz didn’t survive the difficult childbirth of the 14th child. She was only 36 years old; however, frequent childbirth undermined her health very much. The tragedy occurred in the camp, in the tent of Jahan who was returning from war. Getting to know the bad news, he was so hard going through the loss of his beloved that he almost lost his life.
A teenager in love, Roberto Rivera, promised his loved one that he would build a house for them that would resemble a flying saucer flashing with colored lights from films that they watched in the cinema. But, after three months of the relationship, she broke up with Roberto.
After graduating from university, Rivera fulfilled his childhood promise and built an unusual house to show his former lover what she had lost, breaking up with him. Rivera deliberately chose the side of the hill from where the girl who broke his heart constantly saw the UFO house. After some time, his old love came to visit him and tried to renew the relationship, but she didn’t succeed: in “her” UFO, Rivera happily lives with his wife, Maria.
Castle of Torrechiara
It would seem commonplace nowadays, but at that time, affairs were unacceptable. An Italian aristocrat Rossi was already married, and his loved one was married too. The lovers couldn’t divorce their spouses because it was considered a disgrace. But they were not going to break off their relations, as well as hide them.
Nowadays, Torrechiara is a majestic monument of love, worthy of medieval legends. Couples from all over the world come here. In the castle, everything is imbued with romance: the composition of 4 towers in the shape of a lily symbolizes Rossi’s favorite woman, and at his request, the walls and ceilings were decorated with paintings with lyric-erotic motifs.
The mosque was built by order of the Ottoman Sultan Suleiman I, nicknamed the Magnificent or the Legislator in the XVI century. This beautiful building has always been popular among tourists, but
after the success of the Turkish TV series The Magnificent Century, even more visitors come here. Suleymaniye is the work of Sinan, a court architect of Suleiman. What is most surprising is that Sinan himself didn’t consider Suleymaniye to be his best work, although his descendants don’t agree with him. Despite the modesty of the architect, there is nothing accidental in the building: even the number of minarets and balconies on them has a symbolic meaning.
Its grand construction was also preceded by a love story. At the beginning of the XVII century, the duties of the archbishop in the city were performed by Wolf Dietrich von Raitenau. In 1606, the most luxurious Altenau Palace was built, which the sensual archbishop presented as a gift to the lady of the heart.
Wolf and Salome didn’t recognize the church prohibitions and lived an ordinary family life. She gave him 15 children. But the conjugal idyll lasted only as long as the archbishop was alive. After his death, Salome was expelled from the palace in disgrace, and the complex was altered and expanded.
Santa Maria Maggiore
According to the legend, the construction of the first basilica in honor of Madonna was built in Rome in 352, under the leadership of Liberius – just a few years after the church recognized Mary as the mother of Jesus.
This is how a good tradition was born among the Popes: many of them completed the building and decorated the shrine. The interior is striking in its luxury, and some elements have been preserved since the foundation of the temple. The hall is made from ancient columns, and the mosaics above them illustrate scenes from the Old Testament.
This is the masterpiece of the Hungarian architect Bory Jeno. This is the dedication of the master to his beloved wife Ilyna – her image is found everywhere in the castle. Bory had been building the castle for more than 40 years.
The funds for this were received from the sale of his paintings and sculptures. After the death of Bory, his wife and her family lived in the castle for another 15 years and died at almost 90. Now the masterpiece is looked after by the heirs of the architect. There were buyers who wanted to buy this landmark building, but they refused to everyone.
This masterpiece in Victoria is associated with an interesting story. Scottish immigrant Robert Dunsmuir made a lot of money, and in 1887, he hired architects Warren Williams and Arthur Smith to design a castle for his soulmate.
Williams died four months later, and Smith completed the project and led construction management. Robert died in 1889, a year before the construction was completed. The cost of the castle was 500,000 dollars. The entire interior of the castle cost $32,000.
This story happened in the XIX century when a dishwasher in the restaurant George Boldt met the manager of the club Philadelphia and became his closest assistant.
Moreover, he married the boss’s daughter, and over time, he became the owner of two large hotel chains and the prestigious Astoria Hotel. Having grown rich, Boldt bought a small island in the shape of a heart on the border with Canada and built a beautiful castle on it as a gift to his soulmate.
Fountain of Tears
According to the legend, Crimean Khan, famous for its ferocity and cruelty, fell in love with a young slave. But the happiness of the old Khan was short-lived – Dilyara quickly “withered” in captivity and
soon died. The inconsolable ruler placed the body of his loved one in the mausoleum, and then hired the Iranian master and ordered, “Make the stone carry my grief through the ages so that it cries as my heart cries.” Then the talented master created a fountain in the form of a composition of small bowls the water from which flows with mean drops, like men’s tears.