Lesser-Known Architectural Wonders That We Lost Over The Ages

Here are some of the most interesting lesser-known architectural wonders that we lost over the ages

Old London Bridge – the longest inhabited bridge in Europe

A 12th century marvel spanning 900 feet and lined with shops and houses. Considered a wonder of the world, it was a place of religious pilgrimage and royal pageantry. It was only demolished in the 19th century in a dilapidated state, when a bridge with a wider road was needed.

lesser-known architectural wonders
lesser-known architectural wonders

The Round City of Baghdad, Iraq

Residence of the Abbasid caliphs and the de-facto center of Islamic world from 766 until its destruction by the Mongols in 1258 – thus ending the Islamic Golden Age.

lesser-known architectural wonders

It contained the largest medieval library in the Islamic World, the House of Wisdom. When the Mongols sacked it, the Tigris river is said to have ran black with the ink of manuscripts tossed into the water – including some of the rarest Greco-Arabic texts in existence.

lesser-known architectural wonders

The Bologna Towers, Italy

The “Manhattan of the Middle Ages”. In the 12th and 13th centuries, the city of Bologna had a skyline of around 200 towers – mostly around 25 meters but some as high as 100 meters.

lesser-known architectural wonders

We don’t know exactly why they built them, but some may have been for defensive purposes. Over the centuries, they either collapsed or were demolished, although around 20 still stand today:

lesser-known architectural wonders

Great Pyramid N6, Sudan

Inspired by the Egyptians, Nubian monarchs built pyramidal tombs in the Nile valley between 800 BC and 300 AD. Among the greatest was this, one of the Nubian Pyramids of Meroë, destroyed by notorious treasure-hunter Giuseppe Ferlini in the 1830s.

Great Pyramid N6

The Louvre Castle, Paris

This massive 12th century castle once stood in the center of Paris, built by King Philip II to reinforce the old city walls. It was demolished during the Renaissance to make way for the Louvre Palace – now home of the Louvre museum.

The Louvre Castle

The Old Bank of England, London

Another of London’s most significant lost buildings. Sir John Soane designed this labyrinth of neoclassical spaces in 1788. It was operational until the 1920s when was replaced by a larger structure.

The Old Bank of England

Cathedral of Christ the Saviour, Ukraine

Built near Kharkov in the Russian Empire (modern-day Ukraine) and pictured in 1894 shortly after completion. The cathedral was destroyed during the Second World War.

Cathedral of Christ the Saviour

The Neue Elbbrücke Bridge, Hamburg

One of Europe’s most glorious bridges – destroyed not by aerial bombs, but by urban planning zealots. The original was completed in 1887 and featured two beautiful neo-Gothic gateways. It was torn down in 1959 to add an additional lane.

The Neue Elbbrücke Bridge

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