Famous Buildings Used in Film & TV

We look at some buildings you might recognise from film and television…

Article By: Francesca Burke
Last Update: September 2019

St Paul’s Cathedral, London

World famous St Paul’s Cathedral has been used in films including Harry Potter, the original Mary PoppinsLawrence 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.

Dome of St Paul's Cathedral

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.

Bradbury Building Interior

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. Al-Khazneh also featured in Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen and on the Sky travel documentary An Idiot Abroad.

Al Khazneh with camels

The Eiffel Tower, Paris

Paris is home to one of the most famous buildings on the planet: the Eiffel Tower. The tower has appeared in numerous films, either as a main plot point or as a feature to set the scene. Eiffel Tower features in a variety of films, including The Lavender Hill Mob, Moulin Rouge!, A View to a Kill and Godzilla.

Eiffel Tower at sunset

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