The Most Expensive Landmarks to Build – The Battle of Construction

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.