21 Iconic Landmarks Before They Were Finished

The Lincoln Memorial was in how many pieces?

It's easy to forget how much time and work goes into the construction of buildings we pass, but nothing, not even Rome, was built in a day. Once upon a time these landmarks were in many, many pieces. 

Take a look at some throughout history before they were finished: 

1. U.S. Capitol Building — 1861

U.S. Capitol Building – 1861

2. The Statue of Liberty — 1885

The Statue of Liberty – 1885

3. The Eiffel Tower — 1888

The Eiffel Tower – 1888

4. Tower Bridge, London — 1892

Tower Bridge, London – 1892

5. Manhattan Bridge, New York — 1901-1912

Manhattan Bridge, New York (Leon Moisseiff, 1901-1912)

6. Flatiron Building, New York — 1902

Flatiron Building – 1902

7. Lincoln Memorial, Washington D.C. — 1920

Lincoln Memorial – 1920

8. Chrysler Building, New York — 1930

Chrysler Building – 1930

9. Christ The Redeemer, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil — 1931

Christ The Redeemer, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil – 1931

10. The Empire State Building, New York — 1931

The Empire State Building – 1931

11. Hoover Dam, Arizona and Nevada — 1932

Hoover Dam – 1932

12. Mount Rushmore, South Dakota — 1933

Mount Rushmore – 1933

13. The Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco — 1936

The Golden Gate Bridge – 1936

14. Space Needle, Seattle — 1961

Space Needle, Seattle – 1961

15. Gateway Arch, St. Louis — 1965

Gateway Arch, St. Louis – 1965

16. Sydney Opera House, Australia — 1966

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17. World Trade Center, New York — 1970

World Trade Center – 1970

18. Luxor, Las Vegas — 1993

Luxor, Las Vegas – 1993

19. Petronas Towers, Malaysia — 1995

Petronas Towers, Malaysia – 1995

20. Burj Khalifa, Dubai — 2008

Burj Khalifa – 2008

21. One World Trade Center, New York — 2012

One World Trade Center – 2012

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