Illuminated iconic buildings at night

Throughout the planet, we can find many monuments that impress, whether due to their size, architectural style or age, among other factors. However, most tourists visit these types of places during the day, without taking into account that at night they can offer an even more spectacular image. And it is that many of these constructions are equipped with a illumination artificial which makes them even more surprising.

Today we want to show you a selection of great architectural landmarks that shine at night offering a wonderful print. It is a list of monuments that we propose from the prestigious magazine National Geographic. Would you like to join us?

Eiffel Tower, Paris

Eiffel Tower
How could it be otherwise, we have to start by talking about the Eiffel Tower, the symbol of Paris. It is a monument that is usually visited at night, especially by couples in love. And it is that, during the last great remodeling The tower, which was completed in 1985, has a lighting fixture.

Rome Coliseum

We moved to another capital, in this case that of Italy, to tell you about the Colosseum in Rome, which lights up at night providing a atmosphere different. In fact, you can visit this impressive monument at sunset with the company of a guide. Without a doubt, it is a unique experience.

Palace of Westminster, London

There are several London monuments that are illuminated at night, but from National Geographic they have wanted to highlight the Palace of Westminster, also known as the Houses of Parliament. When the sun goes down, this building Victorian it seems the scene of tales and legends.

Blue Mosque, Istanbul

Blue Mosque
We are still in Europe to tell you about the Blue Mosque, considered the most important religious temple in this Turkish city, although it shares the limelight with the Basilica of Saint Sophia. When night comes, the minarets of the two buildings are illuminated creating a beautiful image.

Chain Bridge, Budapest

Chain Bridge
From Istanbul we move to Budapest, where we find the Chain Bridge, one of the most important monuments emblematic from the Hungarian capital. At night, the silhouette of this old bridge is illuminated offering the best image of the city with the Buda Castle in the background.


As you already know, Petra is one of the most important archaeological sites in the world. Located in Jordan, at night it offers the “Petra by night”, a spectacular night tour. Especially surprising is the Siq gorge, which is illuminated by numerous candles. Of course, the tour is done in absolute silence.

Acropolis, Athens

We return to Europe to tell you about one of the main monuments in Greece. We are referring to the Acropolis of Athens, a large complex archaeological located 156 meters high. Since 2014 it has had magnificent lighting that projects the silhouette of the temples and buildings, highlighting the Parthenon. In addition, you should know that night routes can be made.

Golden Gate, San Francisco

Golden gate
Another important construction that is illuminated at night offering a spectacular image is the Golden Gate of San Francisco, one of the bridges most famous on the planet.

Opera House, Sydney

Opera House
We moved to Sydney, one of the most important cities in Australia, to tell you about the Opera House, which has presided over the city's seafront since 1973. During the day, its white silhouette stands out, while at night it offers a image tremendously Elegant thanks to its lighting.

Agrigento, Sicily

Lastly, National Geographic talks about Agrigento, Sicily, which has the best-preserved set of Greek temples in the world. The Valley of the Temples stands out, which acquires a halo even more magical at night, when you can see the illuminated buildings.

2019 IES Illumination Award: ART ON THE MART, Chicago (September 2020)

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