14 Famous Monuments and Memorial Buildings Around the World

To see the emotional power of architecture, one only needs to look to some of the world’s famous monuments and memorials. Designing these structures is often a challenging proposition. Architects must balance meaning and aesthetics, all while keeping the person or people being memorialized at the center of the design. So it’s no wonder that these designs are often met with controversy. From Maya Lin’s Vietnam Veterans Memorial to the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, these tributes have provoked strong reactions, but have also become iconic pieces of art and architecture and important destinations for locals and travelers alike. Tour 14 of the world’s most moving memorials, from Hiroshima, Japan, to Oklahoma City.