Chichen Itza
Gebel Berkal

World Heritage Site

for World Heritage Travellers

Gold Surfaces

Buildings which have a significant amount of Gold leaf on their external surfaces.

The connection belongs to Architecture connections.

Connected Sites

  • Agra Fort: Golden Pavilion
  • Ancient Kyoto: Kinkaju temple. Top 2 stories
  • Ancient Nara: Todaiji's golden horns on the main building roof.
  • Anuradhapura: Anuradhapura's Sacred Tree is protected by pure golden fence
  • Avignon: Gilded statue of the Virgin of Notre-Dame des Doms d'Avignon
  • Ayutthaya: Ayutthaya's half of the restored Suriyothai Pagoda is covered with gold leaf
  • Bahá’i Holy Places: Dome of the Shrine of the Bab
  • Cordoba: Gilded doors of Mezquita
  • Costiera Amalfitana: Facade of Amalfi Cathedral is illuminated by gilded and enameled mosaics.
  • Cracow: Sigismunds chapel in Wawel cathedral
  • Damascus: Golden mosaic facade of Umayyad Mosque courtyard
  • Florence: The famous gilded Door of Paradise
  • Fujisan: Outer wall of Honden in Kitaguchi Hongu Fuji Sangen Jinja is covered in gold
  • Grand Place, Brussels: Brussels Grand Place for its many gilded facades especially in the western side of the complex
  • Hiraizumi: Chusonji's Konjikido Hall have gold leaf covered all inside and outside the building.
  • Holy Trinity Column: Golden statues
  • Imperial Palace: Imperial Palace for its famous gilded guarding lion statues
  • Independence Hall: The steeple's crown and ball including weathervane of Independence Hall are covered by gold leaf
  • Itchan Kala: Khiva's golden copula of Pakhlavan Makhmoud Mausoleum
  • Kandy: The Japanese donated golden roof of the temple of tooth
  • Kathmandu Valley: Swayambhunath and Bodhnath pagodas
  • Kazan Kremlin: Golden dome of Annunciation Cathedral
  • Kiev: Dome and cupolas
  • Kremlin and Red Square: Assumption Cathedral. Dome and cupolas.
  • Luang Prabang: The front wall of Wat Mai main buiding is covered with thick gold leaf
  • Medina of Fez: Golden Doors of Fez Royal Palace
  • Mount Emei, including Leshan Giant Buddha: Golden Pavillion and statues
  • Mount Wutai: Bronze Pavillion, whole building covered with gold leaf
  • Mountain Resort, Chengde: Putuozongsheng Temple's golden roof
  • Nancy: Place Stanislas stunning gilded iron gates and lanterns at its four corners
  • Nikko: Toshogu Shrine
  • Novgorod: Golden dome of Saint Sophia Cathedral in Novgorod
  • Novodevichy Convent: Golden domes of Our Lady of Smolensk Cathedral
  • Old City of Jerusalem: Dome of the Rock. Dome. Originally "100,000 gold dinar coins were melted down". At other times has been covered by tiles and Aluminium/Bronze alloy (1960). "In 1998 the golden dome covering was refurbished following a donation of $8.2 million by King Hussain of Jordan who sold one of his houses in London to fund the 80 kilograms of gold required"
  • Paris, Banks of the Seine: Les Invalides. Dome - "6kg of gold leaf"
  • Potala Palace: Jokhang Temple's golden roof
  • Potsdam: Chinesisches Haus at Sanssouci
  • Prague: St. Vitus Cathedral's gilded window and golden mosaic
  • Rabat: Golden door of royal palace
  • Siena: Siena's golden mosaic at facade of Duomo
  • St. Petersburg: St Isaacs Cathedral - its "golden cupola, gilded with about 220 pounds (100 kg) of pure gold". Also - Admiralty Spire and Cathedral of SS Peter and Paul
  • Statue of Liberty: Statue of Liberty's torch is gold plating
  • Temple of Heaven: Temple of Heaven's golden point
  • Trinity Sergius Lavra: Golden domes of Trinity Cathedral, Assumption Cathedral and Bell Tower
  • Venice and its Lagoon: St. Mark Cathedral gilded mosaics and facade decorations, Torcello Cathedral mosaics
  • Versailles: 100,000 gold leave used in the restoration of the royal golden gate
  • Vienna: Hofburg and gilded statue of Johan Strauss, Secession
  • White Monuments of Vladimir and Suzdal: Vladimir's golden domes of Dormition Cathedral
  • Wudang Mountains: Golden Peak Palace
  • Yaroslavl: Five golden domes of Dormition Cathedral


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