Cincinnati February 06, 2018
12 Marvels Around Cincinnati That Must Be Seen To Be Believed
If you’ve lived in Cincinnati awhile, it’s easy to take our beautiful city for granted. We have unique architecture around every corner, both in and around our city center. Some of these places are historic and come with incredible stories, while others are newer and are just beginning to tell their own tales. One thing is for sure: these 12 particular marvels around Cincinnati are truly awe-inspiring and must be seen to be believed.
1. Music Hall
You can't talk about marvels in Cincinnati without mentioning the grand Music Hall. It was recently renovated and restored and is now even more jaw-dropping. When you first see this historic venue and learn of its intriguing history, you quickly realize just how important it's always been to our city.
2. The Vontz Center
Have you ever noticed the Vontz Center for Molecular Studies on the campus of the University of Cincinnati? If not, you will now, as it definitely stands out! The building was was designed by acclaimed architect Frank Gehry and is known for its curved lines and whimsical feel.
3. John A. Roebling Suspension Bridge
Possibly the best known structure in our city (and certainly one of the most photogenic), the John A. Roebling Suspension Bridge adds so much character to our already stunning skyline and puts our city on the map for world-renowned bridges.
4. Union Terminal
If you've been inside Union Terminal recently, then you know the famous rotunda does not currently look like this. The historic train station and museum is undergoing extensive restoration, so for now we have to settle for beautiful photos of the interior and exterior of this favorite Cincinnati icon. We're looking forward to seeing the new design once the renovations are complete!
5. The Ark
The Ark Encounter is located in Williamstown, Kentucky, less than 40 minutes from Cincinnati. This true-to-size replica of Noah's Ark may be controversial, but most would agree that it is an architectural marvel.
6. Carew Tower
This Art Deco tower in downtown Cincinnati is known for its height and views from the top, but the inside is also a special sight. The decor and style is unique and takes you back in time when you walk through the doors. It's definitely a one-of-a-kind space in our city.
7. Fountain Square
Many think of Fountain Square as a fun place to gather - which it absolutely is - but it's also home to the beautiful Tyler Davidson Fountain. This detailed sculpture holds a special place in the heart of Cincinnati and is surely a must-see place in our city.
8. The Ascent
The Ascent is a residential building in Covington that absolutely can't be missed. It stands out from the other, more traditional buildings around it and added quite a bit of interest to the views of Kentucky from the Cincinnati side of the Ohio. Love it or hate it, it's definitely an architectural masterpiece.
9. Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption
Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption is also located Covington and is a memorable sight on the skyline. This ornate basilica was modeled after the Notre Dame in Paris and is as grand on the interior as it is on the outside.
10. Walnut Hills High School
Photo Courtesy of Lowell Hiles
Is hard to believe that this beautiful building is a high school... and it's not just any other high school; it is one of the best in the country and a true work of art. The outside is architecturally interesting and similar to the Monticello, and if you're able to venture inside the original building, you'll find impressive art and design.
11. City Hall
A beautiful city deserves a beautiful City Hall, and we definitely have one! The building includes a 9-story clock tower and the interior is filled with lovely stained-glass windows.
12. The Loveland Castle/Chateau Laroche
Our city's very own castle can be found in Loveland, and it's a true step back in time. Believe it or not, this is just one of several
castles in the Cincinnati area
, and you can tour the castle and grounds and learn the history of this incredible marvel.
How fun would it be to take a road trip around our city and see all 12 of these places in one day? Our city offers so much beauty to marvel at and this list is just the beginning. What other places around Cincinnati would you add to the list? Let us know in the comments!
And for more on Fountain Square, check out our previous article