Texas March 06, 2016
8 Of The Most Enchanting Man Made Wonders In Texas
Texas is just a beautiful state in every way possible – however, we tend to focus primarily on its natural landmarks rather than those crafted by man. Not to say there’s anything wrong with that since our state is so incredibly full of landscape diversity from mountains to wetlands, deserts to beautiful bodies of water. But I think some homage should be paid to the architectural brilliance that gets overlooked so often. Here are 8 of the most enchanting man made wonders in Texas.
1. BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir Temple (Stafford)
It may look like the Taj Mahal, but it's a Hindu temple right here in Texas. It took 28 months, 33,000 pieces of hand-carved marble and limestone, and 22 acres of land to build.
2. Texas State Capitol (Austin)
We're the proud home of the largest capitol building in the country (yes, it's larger than the US Capitol!). It spans 360,000 square feet, stands at a whopping 308 feet tall, and consists of nearly 400 rooms.
3. The Alamo (San Antonio)
Along with being one of the most iconic buildings in Texas, the Alamo is also an architectural wonder. It's made almost entirely of limestone, a beautiful and rare mineral rock. It was recently named a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
4. Astrodome (Houston)
This famous building was the first domed stadium in the entire world. It was given the name "The Eighth Wonder of the World" for this reason.
5. Bishop's Palace (Galveston)
This beautiful castle was built in the 1880s for a lawyer and his family. In 1923, it was sold to the Roman Catholic Diocese of Galveston and given its current name. It's open for daily tours, so you can see the equally breathtaking, intricately crafted interior for yourself.
6. Frost Bank Tower (Austin)
This unique bank tower is the third tallest building in Austin, standing at 33 stories (515 feet) tall.
7. Armstrong-Browning Library at Baylor University (Waco)
The man behind this architectural masterpiece, Dr. A. J. Armstrong, was on a mission to create the most beautiful building in Texas. Some would say he succeeded with this three-story Italian Renaissance style building adorned with sixty-two stained glass windows and intricate ceiling designs.
8. Fred Hartman Bridge (Baytown)
This is easily one of the most beautiful bridges in Texas and possibly one of the most stunning pieces of architecture in general. It looks almost otherwordly against the night sky.
Have you been to any of these places? What other man made wonders in Texas are absolutely breathtaking?