The world’s most visited landmarks are huge feats of construction – with some even taking centuries to build and costing well into the billions. While the costs for each landmark may be substantial, the greatest landmarks on the globe do attract millions of visitors each year and boost their local economy.
With that in mind, alpharooms has created the ultimate battle of the world’s landmarks so people can compare the height, cost to build, construction time, number of steps and even visitor numbers of 20 most famous landmarks.
The Great Pyramid of Giza is the world’s most expensive landmark
Surprisingly, it’s the Great Pyramid of Giza, located within the Giza-pyramid complex, which is the most expensive landmark making the list. Today, the Great Pyramid would cost a staggering £3.8 billion to construct. It has been said that the pyramid’s construction is a masterpiece, estimated to feature more than 2,300,000 stone blocks, with some weighing more than 50 tonnes. It is believed that the construction involved more than 100,000 builders and experts are still unsure how they transported and erected the stone blocks.
When analysing further, alpharooms also found that the Great Pyramid of Giza cost £27 million per metre, an eye-watering £18.2 million more than the Taj Mahal – the second most expensive landmark in terms of cost per metre.
The Leaning Tower of Pisa is the world’s longest landmark build
The Leaning Tower of Pisa takes the crown for longest construction, taking a huge 199 years to build – starting in 1173. While it may be recognisable for its famous lean, the construction time tops La Sagrada Familia – which is still yet to be finished, and will have taken 144 years upon completion date in 2026.
Contrary to popular belief, the Leaning Tower of Pisa’s famous lean did not happen overnight. During the planning stages, the construction team did not take into account the marshy land they were building on. Unfortunately, by the time they had reached the second story, the tower was beginning to lean and it was too late to turn back.
Empire State Building takes the title for fastest build
What was once the world’s tallest building for 40 years, also holds the claim to the ‘fastest build’. Erected in just one year, the Empire State is a remarkable feat of construction. To build in such a short amount of time, the 300 workers took alternative 12-hour shifts. Cafes and concession stands were also placed on five incomplete floors to stop workers from wasting time travelling for lunch, along with temporary water taps, so workers did not waste time buying water bottles.
Similarly, the Space Needle was constructed within one year, with the Needle set to be star of the show at the 1962 World’s Fair. However, with only one year until that fair, the construction team worked around the clock with the final elevator car installed the day before the tower was due to open.