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The best Minecraft builds

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Looking for some fun Minecraft builds? Maybe you need inspiration for your next Minecraft magnum opus, and you want to see what other artisans have cooked up. Or maybe you're one of us unfortunate many whose builds can barely outclass a kindergarten house drawing, and you want to see how the masters sling bricks and pick up some techniques for yourself.

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Whether you're a seasoned cubist architect or a blocklaying beginner, there are always new Minecraft masterworks to bask in. In this Minecraft builds guide, we've collected together some of the most awe-inspiring builds around, plus a few we've thrown in for kicks.

With Minecraft 1.19 bringing us all into a brave new Wild, Minecraft creators have all kinds of new blocks and materials in their toolkit to sculpt some fresh beauties. So whether you're surveying the latest marvels to strengthen your own skillset, or just interested in some seeing staggering levels of craftsmanship for yourself in-game, there should be plenty for you to appreciate down below.

City of Mondstadt

For those who enjoy both Genshin Impact and Minecraft, SkyBlock Squad's recreation of the city of Mondstadt (opens in new tab) from the game's first region is a real treat. Though slightly larger in scale than the original, this rendition of the city of wind is beautifully detailed, and even has fleshed out interiors for many of the buildings. The Cathedral of Favonius, in-particular, feels epic.

Breath of the Wild

A Minecraft build of a snowy mountain region with a Shiekah tower designed after Breath of the Wild

(Image credit: Dinaeh)

This massive Breath of the Wild inspired Minecraft map is an ongoing project by Dinaeh. They've built the whole map, complete with each region. You can see the desert area to the southwest, the icy north, the green valleys in the middle, and of course the bubbling volcano in the northeast. Breath of the Wild is obviously lovely to look at, and it's just as neat to see it recreated inside Minecraft.

Starry Night

Van Gogh's Starry Night recreated in Minecraft.

(Image credit: ChrisdaCow)

This 3D recreation of Van Gogh's post-impressionist masterpiece is nothing short of incredible. In the short short video of ChrisDaCow's build over on Reddit (opens in new tab), it's immediately clear how much the painstaking effort was devoted to rendering the painting's textured brushstrokes into sweeping Minecraft block-forms. And when the video shows shots of how the build looks when illuminated by its light-casting blocks, I was desperately hungry to download and step foot into the build myself. In a comment on the YouTube video about the build (opens in new tab), the creator says he hopes to release the world file eventually. Here's hoping.

Crafting Azeroth

A valley in the Minecraft build: Crafting Azeroth

(Image credit: Crafting Azeroth/Mojang)

Ever thought it would be fun to play Minecraft and Warcraft together? Crafting Azeroth (opens in new tab) is a full-scale replica of the World of Warcraft's setting, including the two continents of Kalimdor and the Eastern Kingdoms as well as the newer contintents of Outland and Northrend. The map was created through heavily automated processes and custom software developer by its creator.

 WesterosCraft 

WesterosCraft (opens in new tab) was one of the first Minecraft builds I ever downloaded, and it blew my mind. A colossal undertaking, recreating Westeros from Game of Thrones, it currently has over 300 cities and is still growing to this day. It's a stunning build, and I've linked the team's cinematic tour of King's Landing above to convince you to check it out. 

 Adamantis 

One of the best Minecraft builds, the city of Adamantis

(Image credit: Jamdelaney1 / Mojang)

Many of the Minecraft builds on this list have been created by huge teams of people, but the detailed fantasy city Adamantis (opens in new tab) was created by one builder, jamdelaney1, and took just three months work. This sprawling city is chock-a-block with natural springs, aqueducts, walkways, bridges, and an open temple that looks over a cliff—very impressive work.

 Greenfield  

Someone should give this team official planning permission because Greenfield (opens in new tab) is one heck of a well-structured city. Greenfield is designed on a 1:1 scale and features thousands of unique buildings with fully kitted out interiors. The download page description says that the team are only 20% done with their overall vision, which is ridiculously ambitious seeing as Greenfield is already one of the biggest Minecraft cities to date. 

A Tribute to H.R. Giger 

If you're after a darker, more ominous place to explore, check out Everbloom Games' A Tribute to H.R. Giger (opens in new tab), a Minecraft build that recreates the dark, biomechanical art of H.R. Giger (opens in new tab). There are exoskeleton horrors embedded in the walls, and a giant industrial human face looms down from the top of the structure, making it the perfect break from the tropical islands and fantasy cities featured in the rest of this Minecraft builds list. 

Novigrad

A cool Minecraft build of Novigrad from The Witcher 3

(Image credit: ElysiumFire / Iskillia / Mojang)

I wasn't sure which screenshot of this build to choose because Novigrad (opens in new tab) looks stunning from every angle. As a heads up, this isn't the city from The Witcher 3, but ElysiumFire's own fantasy city—but maybe CD Projekt Red should ask the team for some help when they next return to the series.

 Cyberpunk City 

One of the best Minecraft builds showing a Cyberpunk city

(Image credit: Elysium Fire)

ElysiumFire is back on this list with their take on a Cyberpunk city (opens in new tab), with inspirations taken from Cyberpunk 2077's very own Night City. This build checks every box for a futuristic city. There are mega skyscrapers, eye-melting neon signs, a giant virtual phoenix—it's got the lot. However, before you download it beware! ElysiumFire notes that this build is extremely heavy and may crash your game or even might break your PC (opens in new tab). Looks like a glimpse into the future has its price. 

The Uncensored Library 

A Minecraft build of a library with a glass dome

(Image credit: Reporters Without Borders / Mojang)

Not only is The Uncensored Library (opens in new tab) a stunning Minecraft build, but it also acts as a genuine library inside Minecraft as a clever loophole and safe haven for censored journalism (opens in new tab). The virtual library acts as a space for countries where certain press freedoms don't exist or where selective censorship denies access to certain articles. The Uncensored Library is a perfect example of how Minecraft can be used as a force for good. 

Middle-earth

 J.R.R. Tolkien's fantasy world has been transformed into Minecraft's blocky realm. Middle-earth (opens in new tab) is one of the longest-running Minecraft building communities launching back in 2010, and the team has recreated some of the fantasy world's most iconic landscapes and cities. To see just how big this build is, check out the Middle-earth map (opens in new tab) on its official website. 

Eldaria Islands 

Eldaria Island (opens in new tab) was uploaded by Aurelien_Sama nine years ago and it's still one of the best Minecraft builds to date. This island is a bundle of different biomes complete with volcanoes, rainforests, waterfalls, caves, dungeons, and so much more. Instead of getting lost in a sprawling city, you can get lost in nature instead.  

Meiva - Dance of the Elements 

A Minecraft build showing a giant volcano

(Image credit: Darastlix / Mojang)

There are some Minecraft screenshots that look so photorealistic it's uncanny, and Meiva - Dance of the Elements (opens in new tab) is one of those builds. The centrepieces for this build are it's two giant volcanos, and the download page has a detailed description of the lore behind the Meiva archipelago that you can delve into if you want to learn more.  

Frogtown

The Minecraft build frogtown

(Image credit: pleinair1212/Mojang)

Want to live in a town watched over by a beloved frog lord? Pleinair1212 (opens in new tab)'s Minecraft build, Frogtown, makes the dream come true with a gigantic, detailed frog statue standing as the centrepiece to a whole village. You can see more pictures of Frogtown over on reddit, but also other massive statuesque animal builds like the Racoon Village (opens in new tab) and this giant snake (opens in new tab).

Ancient Archer

Minecraft build ancient archer

(Image credit: locvox/Mojang)

Statue-making has always been popular in Minecraft, but since the introduction of copper in 1.17, creators have been building all sorts. This timelapse ancient archer (opens in new tab) build by locvox (opens in new tab) is a great example of what you can accomplish, and the vegetation hanging off it is a wonderful detail. Some other great statue builds include this Colossus of Rhodes-esque build (opens in new tab) and this humble dirt house (opens in new tab) 

Herobrine's Mansion

Taking inspiration from the creepypasta that features Notch's fake brother, Herobrine's Mansion (opens in new tab) is a monster-filled adventure complete with bosses, secret rooms, and even Herobrine himself lurking somewhere within. An impressive mansion build that is best explored with friends.

Aman, The Immortal Lands

One of the best Minecraft builds showing a fantasy city surrounded by water

(Image credit: Iskillia)

The Aman, The Immortal Lands (opens in new tab) build stuck out as one of the best Minecraft builds because it's such a unique take on what a 'fantasy city' looks like. The architecture has a fluid roundness to it, which is worlds away from the square rigidness you see in other builds. It took Iskillia one and a half years to build the whole construction and it really shows in the detail.  

Rachel had been bouncing around different gaming websites as a freelancer and staff writer for three years before settling at PC Gamer back in 2019. She mainly writes reviews, previews, and features, but on rare occasions will switch it up with news and guides. When she's not taking hundreds of screenshots of the latest indie darling, you can find her nurturing her parsnip empire in Stardew Valley and planning an axolotl uprising in Minecraft. She loves 'stop and smell the roses' games—her proudest gaming moment being the one time she kept her virtual potted plants alive for over a year.