Often when we think of the marvels of the world, we construct images of the Roman Colosseum or the Pyramids of Egypt. While these ancient wonders are often the first thing that comes to mind, modern society has also contributed its own awe-inspiring testaments to greatness that are spectacular in their own right. Here are a few.

1. Sheikh Zayed Mosque, Abu Dhabi, UAE

Located in the outskirts of the UAE’s capital, Abu Dhabi, the Sheikh Zayed Mosque is a spectacular display of white stone and gleaming light. Designed to host over 7,000 worshippers, this mosque is one of the world’s most elaborate buildings, featuring over 50 separate domes, containing priceless crystals purchased around the world. Visit at night to see the spectacular sight of the building’s lavish lit-up columns illuminating in the property’s many reflecting pools.Sheikh Zayed Mosque, Abu Dhabi, UAE

2. Potala Palace, Lhasa, Tibet

Towering 1,000 ft. above the surrounding valley, this spiritual and political seat of the Tibetan Dali Lamas is considered the world’s highest palace. Set against the Tibetan sky, it’s no wonder that this UNESCO-recognized site is one of Tibet’s greatest cultural landmarks.
Potala Palace, Lhasa, Tibet