Landmark Status

Can a true “landmark” be new?

That’s the premise of a Travel + Leisure survey asking readers to name their favorite new landmarks. Making the cut are a globetrotter’s delight of everything from bridges and parks and public spaces, to museums, skyscrapers, and arenas and performance venues.

The various lists include headline-generating spots, such as New York’s High Line, London’s Wembley Stadium and Dubai’s Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building, as well as lesser-known destinations, such as Seville’s Metropol Parasol plaza, Dallas’ Winspear Opera House and Buenos Aires’ Puente de la Mujer (Bridge of the Woman).

Time will be the final judge of whether these are truly landmarks that will be standing in 100 years, or just flashy blips in our ever-changing world. The High Line, for one, would seem to have staying power, but today’s towering skyscrapers and top-engineered bridges eventually could fall out of style, as bigger, better structures are built.

However, purists will find little to argue with T + L’s list of Classic Landmarks.

That compendium starts with Paris’ Eiffel Tower and ends at London’s Big Ben, with the Coliseum in Rome, the Taj Mahal in Agra and the Sydney Opera House among the 15 sites listed.

I, for one, am hooked on those classics.






1 comment for “Landmark Status

  1. February 23, 2012 at 5:42 pm

    Totally hooked on the classics!

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