September 06, 2018

Top 5 Famous Unfinished Landmark Around The World

by Prince Chandran

To build a landmark, monument it usually takes lot of time, but some landmarks around the world are still left unfinished whatever may be the reasons it could be lack of manpower, funds or even deaths of those involved in the construction.

But these unfinished monuments look equally beautiful like the rest and they truly deserve a visit. What is can be just as good as what was supposed to be. Here are ten famous unfinished landmarks from around the world.

Crazy Horse Memorial

  crazy horse landmark  

When people say huge mountain carvings in South Dakota, people think of Mount Rushmore but there is another carvings on the mountains in the Black Hills of South Dakota which would make Mount Rushmore look like a dwarf.

The project was started in 1948 by sculptor Korczak Ziolkowski, and he worked on it until he died in 1982. The carving is supposed to be a representation of the Lakota leader Crazy Horse.

The entire carving will be more than 64 stories tall, and Crazy Horse’s eyes alone are 5 meters (17 ft) wide. The money for this project mainly comes from the funds so it would easily take another several years to finish the arm.

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Mingun Pahtodawgyi

  Mingun Pahtodawgyi  

In the Northwestern Burma’s, Sagaing region, King Bodawpaya wanted to build the largest pagoda in the world, in the small town called Mingun. The construction of this project began in 1790, but it was never completed.

The King acquired thousands of prisoners and slaves during his war campaigns, and he used them for the construction of this large project. The construction process started taking a toll on the state’s finances, and people created a prophecy which stated that the kingdom would perish as soon as the pagoda was completed.

It is also known world’s largest piles of stone and brickwork with almost 50 meters (164 ft) high, which is one third of the proposed height, and its base is about 42 square meters (450 ft2).

Hassan Tower

  hassan tower  

The Hassan Tower also known as tour Hassan is a massive minaret in Rabat, the capital of Morocco. This project was supposed to be the largest minaret in the world, ordered by Yaqub al-Mansur in the 12th century.

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The project came to end after the death of Yaqub al-Mansur. The huge mosque was going to be the centerpiece of the new capital and a celebration of the sultan’s victory over the Spanish Christians. The tower currently stands at 44 meters (144 ft) high, which is just over half of the intended height.

Ta Keo

  Ta Keo    

Ta Keo is a temple mountain located in the ancient city of Angkor, and it contains five sanctuary towers arranged in a pyramid. It could have been one of the greatest and largest temple if finished in the world. But the construction was halted and the reason’s are unknown.

Even though it is unfinished, the structure is large enough to see from afar. The main temple is five tiers high, and the final pyramid rises 14 meters (46 ft) higher than the second terrace. The five large towers are arranged to form a quincunx, and the outer walls are surrounded by a moat.

Recovered inscription a suggest that construction was halted after lighting struck the temple, which is considered to be a bad omen.

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National Monument of Scotland

  National Monument of Scotland

The National Monument in Scotland sits high on top of the Calton Hills. This was supposed to be a memorial to the Scottish soldiers and sailors who died in Napoleonic Wars, but it was never completed. It is reffered to as ‘Scotland’s Shame’.

The foundations for the monument were laid in 1824, but construction came to a quick halt in 1829, when the money provided by public subscription ran out. There have been several attempts to finish the large monument, but it still remains very much unfinished. A completed version of the National Monument would have resembled the Parthenon in Athens, but the current structure only features 12 pillars.

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