The complete BBC series in which Dan Cruickshank traverses the globe, celebrating different types of architecture and showing how our buildings reveal our aspirations, our ingenuity and our beliefs. In each programme, buildings from all over the world are juxtaposed, revealing unexpected connections between very different types of architecture. From the Kizhi Cathedral in remote northwest Russia to the convent of St Catherine in Sinai, Egypt, the series is a mammoth journey that takes in some monumental structures, whilst gradually revealing the history of world architecture.
A global treasure trail of truly amazing buildings.
Architectural historian Dan Cruickshank follows a global treasure trail of buildings that have impressed, astonished and delighted us and have changed our perception of the world.
On a voyage of discovery, he travels around the globe exploring examples of architecture ranging from the Catherine Palace in St Petersburg; the Minaret of Jam in Afghanistan; the Hanging Temple in China’s Shanxi Provence; the Schloss Neuschwanstein in Bavaria; and even an igloo, man’s earliest exercise in creating shelter, in Greenland.
In each programme, structures from all over the world are dramatically juxtaposed, exposing unexpected connections and demonstrating how architecture, in truly great buildings, can reveal our aspirations, ingenuity and beliefs.