From ambitious contemporary works by renowned architects to incredible feats from ancient peoples, every building reveals its own unique story. Some of the most famous tell tales of kings, wars and fire, or demonstrate the impressive intellectual and physical stamina of ancient peoples. They often serve as works of art that remind us of the immense creative potential of humankind. And of course, they have provided shelter and for so many over generations.
From Rome's nearly 2,000-year-old Colosseum to Dubai's 830-meter-tall Burj Khalifa, many iconic buildings of the world serve as landmarks for the city where they're located. Many people immediately picture the Eiffel Tower when they think of Paris, or the Space Needle when they think of Seattle. They are more than just buildings: They're enduring cultural symbols. Sure, some of these monuments have been destroyed, rebuilt and rebuilt again, but they remain as iconic as ever.
So, how many of these buildings can you correctly match to their cities? Do you know where the Gateway Arch is? What about the Dancing House or Hagia Sofia? Do you recognize the flying buttresses on that gothic cathedral? Take a look at the following photos to test your architectural knowledge once and for all.