Famous Buildings Used in Film & TV
Article By: Francesca Burke
We look at some of the famous buildings used in films and television programmes.
St Paul’s Cathedral, London
St Paul’s Cathedral has been used in films including Harry Potter, the original Mary Poppins, Lawrence of Arabia and Sherlock Holmes. Its world-famous dome, designed by Sir Christopher Wren, makes it an ideal point of reference for an international audience. Furthermore, its beautiful interior, including a geometric staircase and sweeping crypt with mosaic floors, lends itself to use in cinema.
The Bradbury Building, Los Angeles
The Bradbury Building in Los Angeles is most famous for its use in the original Blade Runner film. Its magnificent walkways, ornate ironwork and glass ceiling make it an ideal location for atmospheric film and TV sets. Films shot there include The Artist and (500) Days of Summer, while TV shows include Pushing Daisies, Quantum Leap and the 1960s TV series Mission: Impossible. Are you a fan of Justin Timberlake? You might recognise the Bradbury Building from the video for his song Say Something.
Al-Khazneh Temple, Petra
The ancient temple of Al-Khazneh in Petra, Jordan, might not be a familiar name to most westerners, but it earned its place in cinema history as the entrance to the resting place of the Holy Grail in 1989’s Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. It also featured in Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen and on the Sky travel documentary An Idiot Abroad.
The Eiffel Tower, Paris
The Eiffel Tower is an icon of Paris and has appeared in numerous films, either as a main plot point or as a feature to set the scene. The tower features in a variety of films, including The Lavender Hill Mob, Moulin Rouge!, A View to a Kill and Godzilla.