London building named most beautiful in the world ‘according to science’

London is one of the most beautiful cities in the world and from it’s palaces to its parks, the capital has a wealth of stunning attractions.

Now a study has used science to name one London building the most beautiful in the world.

Using the golden ratio, an ancient algebraic equation that is a widely recognised method of calculating how aesthetically pleasing something is, researchers on behalf of Roofing Megastore compared 100 of the world’s most famous buildings.

Researchers looked all across the globe at buildings such as Dubai’s Burj Khalifa, India’s Taj Mahal and Jordan’s Petra, and found that London’s own St. Paul’s Cathedral came out on top.

The Anglican cathedral apparently adhered to the rules of the ratio more than any other, crowning it the best looking structure in the world.

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With it’s gorgeous baroque stylings, St. Paul’s Cathedral came out on top for its aesthetic perfection, with a 72.28 per cent alignment to the golden ratio.

The cathedral is one of the most famous and recognisable sights in the capital, with a dome that has dominated the skyline for hundreds of years since it was completed in 1710.

The building has been the setting for a number of important historical moments such as the funerals of Winston Churchill and Margaret Thatcher, and the wedding of Prince Charles and Diana.

In second place was Singapore’s Marina Bay Sands Hotel with 70.88 per cent alignment to the golden ratio, while in third place was another famous London landmark, Westminster Abbey with 70.5 per cent.

Westminster Abbey came in third place
(Image: Credit: godrick / Alamy Stock Photo)

To complete the analysis, researchers plotted the most common points found on a building, such as the top and bottom corners, the building’s centre, and equidistant points around the circumference, before comparing the distance between these markers to those laid out by the ratio.

The study also found that classical architecture is more scientifically beautiful than modern works.

Top 10 scientifically beautiful buildings in the world

  1. St. Paul’s Cathedral (England)

  2. Marina Bay Sands (Singapore)

  3. Westminster Abbey (England)

  4. Osaka Castle (Japan)

  5. St. Basil’s Cathedral (Russia)

  6. Casa Mila (Spain)

  7. Florence Cathedral (Italy)

  8. Taj Mahal (India)

  9. Dancing House (Czech Republic)

  10. Neuschwanstein Castle (Germany)

Check out the full research here.

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