The famous follies of architecture
Buildings that serve no purpose other than as ornament
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Imagine a building constructed purely for decoration, an extravagant and fanciful piece of architecture that beguiles and befuddles the eye of the beholder. Welcome to the wonderfully eccentric world of the folly. Whether a tower, temple, castle, or mock ruin, most of these edifices serve no other purpose than to show off.
Browse this gallery and be puzzled by this collection of architectural follies.