22 Rare Photos Of The World’s Most Iconic Landmarks Before They Were Finished

It’s pretty easy to forget how much time and work goes into the construction of famous landmarks…. or any building for that matter.

You’ve also probably never thought of what these iconic landmarks use to look like before they were the incredible completed structures that we see today.

1. The Sydney Opera House under construction in the 1960’s

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2. Christ the Redeemer being built on a mountaintop in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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3. Manhattan Bridge in New York City, 1909

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4. The London Tower Bridge without a middle in 1892

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5. The beginnings of the Hoover Dam

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6. The U.S. Capitol Building in 1861

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7. The Eiffel Tower

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8. The Crazy Horse Memorial, located in Black Hills

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9. The Atomium in Brussels, Belgium

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10. Mount Rushmore, missing some key players

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11. The Statue of Liberty reaching new heights in 1885

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12. One World Trade Center in 2012

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13. The Lincoln Memorial, pictured during construction, missing the head of Lincoln

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14. The early stages of the Washington Monument

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15. Dubai’s Burj Khalifa, being completed in 2008

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16. The Golden Gate Bridge in 1932

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17. New York City’s Flatiron Building, pictured here in 1902

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18. The construction of the World Trade Center in 1970

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19. The Empire State Building in 1931

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20. The layers of the Petronas Towers being built in Malaysia in 1995

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21. The construction of the Space Needle in Seattle. This photo was taken in 1961

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22. The iconic Gateway Arch, looming large over St. Louis in 1965

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