The 20 Most Famous Victorian Buildings Around the World
From Britain’s Westminster Palace and Victoria and Albert Museum to Sydney’s town hall, some of today’s most-visited sights are Victorian-era landmarks.
The emergence of Victorian architecture largely coincides with the reign of Queen Victoria from 1837 to 1901. During this time, Britain’s urban population quickly increased and its railway system flourished, and that naturally led to a boom in the construction of not just residential homes but also public and civic spaces. This is also the time when architects largely ceased to play the role of developers and surveyors and focused more on creativity and experimenting with different styles.
This is probably one of the reasons why Victorian architecture is not characterized by a single specific and distinct approach to design but rather by a mix of styles that emerged during this period such as Gothic Revival, Venetian, Italianate, Second Empire, Queen Anne, stick, and Romanesque.
This is the period that largely defined the cityscapes of some of the UK’s biggest cities such as London, Manchester, Liverpool, and Birmingham. But the popularity of Victorian-era architecture didn’t just stay within the limits of the United Kingdom. Soon Victorian buildings started popping up all around the United States and in countries such as Australia and India.
Here, we rounded up the most awe-inspiring and historically important Victorian-era structures across the globe.