If you’re into looking at different architecture, take a trip to the state of Minnesota. It has a number of incredible architectural structures that are both historic and awe-inspiring. Here are a handful of the most stunning spots in the Midwest.
Aerial Lift Bridge (Duluth)
Weighing in at approximately 900 tons and spanning 386 feet, the massive Aerial Lift Bridge created in1905 remains one of the most frequently-photographed landmarks in the entire state. If you stick around for a bit, you’ll probably get to witness the raising of the bridge as a ship passes underneath. It averages 26 lifts a day!
Cathedral of Saint Paul (St. Paul)
This cathedral holds bragging rights as the third-largest completed church in the entire country. It was initially designed by French architect Emmanuel Louis Masqueray. But, he passed away before the construction was finished. Its exterior features a gold leaf dome and granite walls, while the interior boasts marble statues of the four evangelists, bronze bells, stained glass, and life-size carved angels.
Mall of America (Bloomington)
Shopaholic or not, you’ll be in awe of the fabulous Mall of America. Designed by Jon JerdeIt, it is the third-largest shopping mall in the country. In addition to the shops, there is a theme park called Nickelodeon Universe, the Sea Life Minnesota Aquarium, and the Amazing Mirror Maze. There’s no shortage of dazzling structural sights.
American Swedish Institute (Minneapolis)
You won’t be able to miss this grand museum and cultural center, which features the historic Turnblad Mansion. A permanent collection showcases contemporary Swedish art and artifacts while rotating exhibits display painting, sculpture and other pieces from Swedish artists. There are also a host of enrichment programs for both adults and children.
F. Scott Fitzgerald House (St. Paul)
Constructed in the Romanesque Revival style, this rowhouse in the Historic Hill District of St. Paul is where F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote several short stores, as well as his celebrated novel, This Side of Paradise before moving to New Orleans. The home, located at 599 Summit Avenue, was officially declared a National Historic Landmark in 1971.
Minnesota State Capitol (St. Paul)
The capitol building, constructed by Cass Gilbert in 1905, replicates St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome and is actually the second-largest unsupported marble dome in the world behind the Italian masterpiece. The inside is every bit as beautiful. Take one of the guided tours, starting every hour from 10am to 2pm Monday through Friday.