Dating women, men compose songs or novels in the name of great love to them. Almost all men give their wives and brides jewels. But there are also those who build buildings in the name of love. Let us present you the monuments of architecture that were created for women.

hanging gardens of babylon

Hanging Gardens of Babylon

In the 6th century BC, the Babylonian king Nebuchadnezzar II married the Amidian princess Amitis. The girl desperately missed the noisy and dusty Babylon. Therefore, the ruler ordered to create an amazing park in the center of the city which was called the Hanging Gardens of Babylon. It existed less than half a century, but remained in historical memory and was even recognized as one of the Seven Wonders of the World.

The Babylonian historian Beros described this creation as, “He arranged stone elevations, giving them the appearance of mountains, and planted every kind of trees, thus arranging a so-called hanging park because his wife brought up in the Midian lands, missed her native nature.”

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Taj Mahal

The Taj Mahal is perhaps the main recognized monument of love in the whole world. The Beautiful snow-white building, standing on the bank of the river Jumna in Agra, India, tells us a sad story. It was built by the ruler of the Great Mughal Empire Shah Jahan in honor of his beloved wife, Mumtaz Mahal. Her name means “chosen by the palace.” Indeed, although the emperor had a whole harem, only Mumtaz was chosen. She accompanied her husband in all trips, was his adviser, and for 19 years of marriage, she gave him 14 children. When she gave birth to the last child, she died. Shah Jahan was inconsolable.

He had only one dream – to build a mausoleum for his loved one which will not be more beautiful than the rest of the world.

neuschwanstein castle germany

Neuschwanstein Castle

This is the complex piece of the Romanesque Renaissance towers over the top of the hill of the village of Hohenschwangau in southern Germany. It was created at the end of the 19th century (between 1869 and 1886, to be exact), commissioned by Ludwig II, King of Bavaria.

Unfortunately, he died and didn’t see the completion of the construction. But he did it for his loved woman.

bory castle

Bory Castle

All previous monuments were created either by rulers or, in general, wealthy people. First of all, they invested money (which they had a lot of) in their creations. But this is a completely different story.

Hungarian architect Jeno Bory dedicated the castle to his wife, which he built with his own hands. It took him 40 years. Now, this building, located on the outskirts of the ancient city, symbolizes the story of a man madly in love. And this is in the XX century when the times of castles and knights remained in the distant past. He dedicated almost his entire life to his dream and, as a result, made it a reality. The eclectic castle Bory Var became the pinnacle of his work. And today, this place is loved by couples. They say that if you visit it with your loved ones, you will never break up.

Sklifosovsky hospital

In Moscow, there is a building that can be called a monument of love too. Today, it is both the building of the Sklifosovsky hospital and the monument of love. It recalls the most amazing love story in our rating – love of Nikolai Sheremetev who was the count to Praskovya Zhemchugova who was the peasant serf. The count achieved permission to marry the best actress of his theater.

However, marital happiness was short-lived. Praskovya Zhemchugova gave birth to their son and died two years after the wedding. Sheremetev wanted this building to be worthy of the memory of his wife, so the hospital for the poor was more like a luxurious palace.

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