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Buildings that took the Longest to Build

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Each and every building and structure can be anything from spectacular creations with stunning sculptures on the outside and gorgeous murals on the inside to geometrical marvels with much accuracy and design, to eye-catching architecture that is a standing work of art and one can just stare and behold their magnificence. There are many such buildings and structures around the world; however, some of these buildings are as follows:

The Taj Mahal:

The construction of this spectacular palace began in 1632 and took 21 years to construct. The Mughal emperor, Shan Jahan, had the palace built-in memory of his wife, Mumtaz Mahal, who died that year while giving birth to their 14th child. The interior and exterior are absolutely marvelous and are among the finest in Mughal architecture.

Angkor Wat:

The temple of Angkor Wat is made up of many buildings constructed in one place, which is interconnected by gardens and paths. Angkor Wat means “City of Temples” and is thought to have been constructed between AD 802 and AD 1220 with 300 000 laborers and 6000 elephants, it is also said that five million tons of sandstone were used.

The Leaning Tower of Pisa:

The tower was built as a freestanding bell tower for the cathedral situated nearby and is one of the famous monuments of today. The tower was meant to be straight; however 5 years into the construction when builders reached the 3rd floor, the foundation began to sink on the one side, which caused the tower to lean. The tower is hollow inside with a spiral staircase, which consists of 257 steps. The construction started in 1173 and took 200 years in total to complete as construction halted for a period of 100 years.

The Great Wall of China:

The Great Wall of China is one of the structures that is the most recognizable in the world and also one that took the longest to build. There are several Great Walls that were built and altogether the wall took over 2000 years to complete. All the walls were built by the different dynasties and kingdoms of China over a period of 22 centuries.

The Sagrada Familia:

The construction of this beautiful masterpiece began over 150 years ago and believe it or not, is still under construction. Construction started in 1882 and by 1926 the church was only 25% completed when architect Antoni Gaudi passed away. Over the years since then, 9 architects have taken on the project, however ended up walking away due to the many obstacles of this project. Architect, Jordi Fauli, has taken on the challenge of completing this iconic building. It was anticipated that the construction would be completed by 2026, however, this has now been delayed due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

It is not the beauty of the building you should look at: it’s the construction of the foundation that will stand the test of time.” – David Allen Coe

You can dream, create, design, and build the most wonderful place in the world. But it requires people to make the dream a reality.” – Walt Disney

We shape our buildings; thereafter, they shape us.” – Winston Churchill

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About Nadine Vermeulen

I started working at Leads 2 Business in October 2014 in the Leads 2 Quotes Department. I managed all the Daily Tender Bill Requests and followed up on BoQ's for our Daily Tender Subscribers. In 2017, I was promoted to L2Q Assistant and now work with Bill of Quantities for Contractors. 🙂

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