There’s no need to grab your passport but you’re about to go on a journey around four architectural gems spread across the globe. This trip includes a museum, two temples and one monument, all of which have one thing in common: the use of reflecting pools.
Lincoln Memorial. Washington DC, United States
Who could forget the reunion between Jenny and Forrest at a peace rally in the film Forrest Gump? The mythical scene was filmed in one of the most iconic reflecting pools in the world, the one in the Lincoln Memorial, in Washington DC. Around 620 metres long, 50 metres wide and with more than 25 million litres of water, a visit to this pool in front of the monument in honour of the USA’s 16th president is a must in the country’s capital.
Taj Mahal. Agra, India
On the banks of the Yamuna river stands the Taj Mahal, a building considered one of the new seven wonders of the world and recognised as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. The Taj Mahal was built between 1631 and 1648 in memory of Mumtaz Mahal, the favourite wife of the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan. The enormous white marble dome is unmistakable, as are the narrow reflecting pools that receive thousands of visitors every year, who flock here to see this undisputed treasure of Mughal architecture.
Musée du Louvre. Paris, France
The upside-down pyramids of the Louvre Museum are one of the most photographed features of Paris. Just next to them, some triangular reflecting pools give fantastic light effects (especially at night) and enhance the elegant, aristocratic beauty of this space. Fountains have also been placed in the pools that give this landmark a dynamic touch. The Louvre Museum is located in a former royal palace dating back to the end of the 12th century and it has not stopped growing since its foundation in 1793.
Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque. Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
The last destination on the list is the biggest marble structure ever built and is characterised for uniting Islamic architecture with innovation. We are talking about the spectacular Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, built in Abu Dhabi between 1998 and 2007. The mosque (which cost 600 million dollars) is dedicated to Sheikh Zayed, considered the father of the United Arab Emirates, and occupies a surface area of almost 22,500 m2. In the huge courtyard (17,000 m2) can be found some relaxing reflecting pools that are surrounded by captivating arcades.