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Fascinating photos of tourist attractions being built

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Slide 1 of 41: It's hard to imagine this planet without its biggest landmarks, from Sydney Opera House to the Statue of Liberty. But, of course, there was a time when they existed only as plans or blueprints, or in the mind's eye of the world's greatest architects. And while we can't visit them just now, we can delve deeper into their history. Here we share incredible images and stories of the world's top attractions as they were built.

Slide 2 of 41: Today, in the Black Hills of South Dakota, four of America’s most formative presidents look out from a rugged cliff face. It was state historian Doane Robinson who first had the idea for a mammoth national monument in the region, but its eventual design was the brainchild of sculptor Gutzon Borglum. Borglum is pictured here in his local studio with an early model of the landmark.
Slide 3 of 41: It took around 14 years to build the four, gigantic presidential faces, with work beginning in 1927 and finishing in 1941. Great chunks of rock were blasted away with explosives, then the striking likenesses were carved out with chisels and jackhammers. This photo was taken circa 1940, towards the end of construction: you can clearly see the sage profiles of Thomas Jefferson and George Washington a little farther away. However, the site is controversial. The Black Hills is sacred ground for indigenous people and this area was taken from them by the government after a series of bloody battles.

Slide 4 of 41: It took 18,038 metallic parts and some 50 engineers and designers to realize the Eiffel Tower, the great symbol of France that stands proud in Paris. Designed by civil engineer Gustave Eiffel, it was first dreamt up for the World’s Fair of 1889, with building work beginning in 1887. You can see the tower beginning to take shape in this photo of the first platform from 1888 – wooden scaffolding (visible here) and small steam cranes were used in its construction.

Slide 5 of 41: This photo was taken about four months shy of the tower’s completion and, by this point, the naysayers who doubted the soundness of Eiffel’s bold design had been silenced – though many in the art world still saw it as an eyesore. The individual elements were constructed in Eiffel’s own factory in a Parisian suburb, and up to 300 workers came together to assemble the colossal structure.
Slide 6 of 41: Upon its completion, the giant latticed tower was more than 984-feet (300m) tall and had taken just 26 months to build. Also a source of fascination was the tower’s hydraulic elevator system (seen here under construction), which was a spectacular feat of engineering for the time. Today two historic elevators remain in operation at the tower.
Slide 7 of 41: Dominating Trafalgar Square in central London, Nelson’s Column is dedicated to Vice-Admiral Horatio Nelson, who led Britain to major victories during the Napoleonic Wars. The design for the monument, the vision of English architect William Railton, was decided in a competition, and it took three years to realize. This photo dates to 1843 and depicts the unfinished base of the landmark and a short section of its shaft – the platform would later be decorated with bronze reliefs.
Slide 8 of 41: Canada’s Parliament building has had a tumultuous history, beginning right back in the 1850s, when Ottawa was first selected as the capital. Work on the Gothic Revival-style buildings on Parliament Hill began in 1859 and was eventually completed in 1866. The sprawling Centre Block is pictured here under construction in 1863.
Slide 9 of 41: However, the buildings were ravaged by a fire in early 1916. The Library of Parliament was spared, but the rest of the site, including the Centre Block pictured previously, was gutted by flames. Canada was quick to begin work again, though, and by the end of the year, reconstruction had commenced. This 1916 photograph shows the beginnings of that construction work, with the striking, cupola-topped Library building rising from the foundations.
Slide 10 of 41: Fast-forward one year and work continues. This 1917 photo shows Parliament’s Centre Block once again taking shape, with the pointed library building peeking out from behind it. The building work, which also included the soaring Peace Tower, was finally finished up in 1927.

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