When we travel it’s often to see a building – the Taj Mahal, the Leaning Tower of Pisa, the Eiffel Tower. We then photograph ourselves in front of them and, let’s face it, the feeling of having claimed these sights is part of the joy of tourism. But why? Because, buildings are endlessly intriguing: things of beauty, symbols of their age and emblems of human endeavour.

Lonely Planet’s new book, Amazing Architecture: A Spotter's Guide, celebrates this fascination, embarking on a grand tour of more than 120 brilliant buildings around the world, a selection that stretches from must-see classics to contemporary marvels. Here’s a taste of what the world’s most famous architect, Frank Lloyd Wright, once described as ‘the mother art’.

Familiarity from the movies notwithstanding, Petra still has plenty of ‘wow factor’ in real life © Mark Read / Lonely Planet

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