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Pyramid of Communism – Piramida, Tirana

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Tombs of the pharaohs, or pathways to the gods for sacrificial rituals. Pyramids are the most symbolic icon of several of the world’s ancient cultures. They are fantasied by storytellers, authors, and movie creators. In stark contrast is one infamous pyramid, the most recognised national symbol of the former-communist era of Albania. The Enver Hoxha Pyramid […]

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Torre Telefónica, Santaigo

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The mobile phone. One of the most pivotal technological advances of the 20th century. Mobile phones and telecommunications have affected almost every single aspect of human life. If you had a major telecommunications company, how would you show the world your company’s technological superiority? If your answer is to build your country’s tallest ever tower […]

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The Beehive, Wellington

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What do you get when you mix a box of matches with a napkin? Answer: The executive wing of the New Zealand government. Not the answer you’re expecting? This is the true story of why Wellington has the Beehive: the ugliest government building in the world. The Fire Since Wellington became the nation’s capital in […]

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House of Soviets, Kaliningrad

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Of the finest architectural achievements of the Teutonic Order; Unfortunately, the Soviet Union destroyed the Königsberg Castle in the 1960s. They erected in its place the boring but bold, blueish-grey House of Soviets, representing the depressing nature of Soviet style columns. The Predecessor To appreciate the ugliness of the House of Soviets, you need to […]