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The Best of Olympic Architecture

By Josephine Minutillo - 2014-03-21T16:34:04Z

Photograph by David Levenson/Alamy

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Twin Towers at Old Wembley Stadium, London

1948

London was one of the first cities to host a modern Olympics back in 1908. Forty years later it hosted again, holding events in and around Wembley Stadium. Designed as both proud monument to, and functional arena for, the British Empire Exhibition of 1924, the stadium featured twin white concrete towers. Later known as the “Church of Football” to English soccer fans, the stadium and its famous towers were reduced to rubble in 2003 to make way for a new venue.

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