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When on vacation it is so breathtaking to dive into another culture, another time and start to imagine what it was like back then, right? What did you think while standing in front of the tremendous Statues of Liberty? Or the Colosseum? Did you ask yourself how expensive all those monuments and symbols of cities you’ve visited where? How much would it cost to buy the Eiffel Tower? Okay, maybe the question wasn’t as serious, but the most popular monuments of the world would cost soooo much money today. Who else is curious what we would have to spent to built something like the Leaning Tower of Pisa or Christ the Redeemer in today’s currency? Read on.

1. Eiffel Tower

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Location: on the Champ de Mars in Paris, France

Metro stop: Ecole Militaire

Built: 1887-1889

Named after the engineer Gustave Eiffel

Nickname: The Iron Lady

Height: 324 metres

And now we don’t want to keep you n tenterhooks… The original tower cost 8 million francs which today is roughly $40 million.

2. Big Ben

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Location: London, England

Tube stop: Westminster

Built: finished in 1859

Height: 315 feet, 96m

More formally known as Elizabeth Tower, Big Ben is just the bell of the clock at the north end of the Palace of Westminster

Costs today: £145,000, so approximately $220,000

3. Colosseum

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Location: east of the roman forum in Rome, Italy

Constructed: 70-80 AD

The Colosseum was only built in 9 years and could hold 50,000 to 80,000 spectators

Historical use: gladiatorial contests and public spectacles, animal hunts, executions

The costs to build such an impressive building like this would need £250 million, so approximately $380 million

4. La Sagrada Familia

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Location: Barcelona, Spain

Metro stop: Sagrada Familia

Architect: Antoni Gaudi (1852-1926) (you can see many other works by Gaudi in Barcelona like Park Guell and Casa Battlo)

Style: Gothic and curvilinear Art Nouveau forms

Groundbreaking: 1882

Estimated finish date: 2026-2028

Estimated overall costs when finished: €870 million

5. The Statue of Liberty

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Location: Liberty Island, New York City, United States

Construction started: 1875

Height: 93m

Architects: Gustave Eiffel, Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi, Richard Morris Hunt

Costs to build it today: estimated around £780,000, approximately $1,2 million

6. Christ the Redeemer

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Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Art Deco Statue of Jesus Christ was created by Paul Landowski, built by Heitor da Silva Costa and Albert Caquot

Height: 130 feet, 38m

Construction started: 1922

Today’s costs: $1,456,777 million

7. Leaning Tower of Pisa

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Location: Pisa, Italy

The Leaning tower is the freestanding bell tower of the cathedral of the Italian city PisaArchitect: Antoni Gaudi (1852-1926) (you can see many other works by Gaudi in Barcelona like Park Guell and Casa Battlo)

Height: 58m

Construction started: 1173

Estimation of today’s cost: $4,100,000 million

 

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