Today we are lucky to be able to enjoy numerous buildings and monuments they are very famous. They are distributed all over the world and are a tourist attraction that pushes us to travel. You will see some of the best known below, but do not expect to see them as you see them now, since the photographs shown are of the construction process, which as you can imagine was very complex in most of them.
World Trade Center (New York, United States)
This important place for Americans, especially after the attacks of the September 11, 2001, It was rebuilt to become one of the most modern and highest in the world. Before they were the Twin Towers and now it is a single building that pays tribute to all the people who died in the attacks. In the image, the construction of the World Trade Center, which began on August 5, 1966 and did not finish until April 4, 1973, which is when its doors opened.
Eiffel Tower (Paris, France)
It is probably the most famous monument in the world, the one that explains why France is a world power in terms of tourism without having a climate as favorable as the one we have in almost all of Spain. This work of art began construction in 1887. Initially it was called the 300-meter tower and was designed by Maurice Koechlin and Émile Nouguier, although the engineer was in charge of building it Alexandre Gustave Eiffel. The work ended on March 15, 1889 thanks to the effort of some 300 employees. Only one of them died, although it was on Sunday and because he lost his balance during a demonstration to his fiancée.
Tower Bridge (London, England)
The Tower Bridge, in the neo-Gothic Victorian style, began construction during the second half of the 19th century. The Prince of Wales inaugurated it on June 30, 1984, six years after its creator, Horace Jones, and after eight years of work. Of course, it must be said that in their day they did not know how to appreciate its beauty, since the magazine specialized in architecture ‘The Builder’ called it «monstrous and grotesque«.
The Shard (London, England)
We do not move from London, but this time we must speak of a much more modern construction. The Shard, also known as Shard of Glass, is a 95-storey skyscraper that is 309.7 meters tall in total, making it the tallest building in the UK and the sixth highest in Europe. They started to build it in March 2009 and it was inaugurated on July 6, 2012, just over three months after it was crowned.
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Manhattan Bridge (New York, United States)
This well-known bridge that crosses the New York East River connects Lower Manhattan with Brooklyn. The bridge was opened to traffic on December 31, 1909, after a great job by Polish master engineer Ralph Modjeski. It measures more than two kilometers in length and cost $ 22 million, something that is not surprising considering that 30,000 tons of steel were used.
Hotel Ryugyong (Pyongyang, North Korea)
In the capital of North Korea is its most iconic building. Also know as Building 105, It is 330 meters high and its construction cost 750 million dollars. It was ready in 2011, which is when they finished glazing it. The press has scoffed at the large number of times its opening to the public has been postponed, which has earned it the status of "the worst building in the world."
Washington Monument (Washington D.C., United States)
Everyone knows the great obelisk that was created as a commemorative monument to the first president of the United States: George Washington. The War of Independence won and that is why in 1884 they built this fantastic structure that was once the tallest in the world thanks to its 190 meters high. Of course, the joy lasted five years, because the Eiffel Tower took away that privilege for a lot of difference.
Sydney Opera House (Sydney, Australia)
The Sydney Opera House is one of the most beautiful buildings built in the twentieth century. It was declared a World Heritage Site in 2007 and its late creator, the Danish Jørn Utzon could be proud of it. The works started in 1957 and its inauguration took place on October 20, 1973. Today it is the headquarters of the Australian Opera, the Sydney Theater Company and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra.
Statue of Liberty (New York, United States)
It is no coincidence that New York is one of the most visited cities in the world. There is another construction there that deserves all our admiration.It is the Statue of Liberty, an icon against the oppression that is on the island of Liberty, next to the mouth of the Hudson River. The statue is by the French Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi, while its interior structure is the work of Gustave Eiffel. Unesco declared it a World Heritage Site in 1984.
Golden Gate Bride (San Francisco, United States)
I daresay there is no more beautiful bridge than the Golden Gate Bridge. We have seen it in numerous movies and video clips and the truth is that it does not surprise me. It was built between 1933 and 1937, leaving it suspended between two towers 227 meters high. Measure 1,280 meters in length and its roadway is divided into six lanes (three in each direction).
Lincoln Memorial (Washington D.C., United States)
The Lincoln Memorial began construction three years after the assassination of the President. Abraham Lincoln. Irish sculptor Lot Flannery, who said he was present at the theater where he was killed, was responsible for shaping his sculpture. They say it was not only built to commemorate his death, but they also wanted to remember that he came to pay a million dollars to slave owners in Washington to free them.
Mount Rushmore (Keyston, United States)
In South Dakota There is Mount Rushmore a national sculptural monument that was carved from a granite mountain between 1927 and 1941. In the image, as you can see, the Danish-American sculptor Gutzon Borglum and his son, Lincoln Borglum, carved it out of a rock before to do it big. In case you did not know, it is a monument that commemorates the birth, growth and conservation of the United States.
Empire State Building (New York, United States)
Without a doubt, one of the best viewpoints in the world is in the Empire State Building, a 443.2-meter-high building that began construction on March 17, 1930 and involved 3,400 workers, most of them from Europe. Its inauguration took place on May 1, 1931 after more than 40 million dollars of investment.
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