Throughout history man has built some incredible structures, from ancient to modern, that continue to stand the test of time. If you think you might have bitten off more than you can chew with your latest renovation project, imagine how the architects of these ones felt!
Walk like an Egyptian
With the modern wonders of computer aided design, constructing the Pyramids today would be challenge enough, so the fact that the Great Pyramid of Giza is the only one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World still standing is an amazing testament to the ancient Egyptians. Each taking more than twenty years to build, the Pyramids were erected as burial monuments for the Pharaohs. One alternative theory is that they were created by aliens…
Tunnel of Love
One of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World, the Channel Tunnel is said to have run over budget by eighty percent, so if your project’s costing more than you expected, spare a thought for Eurotunnel financiers. The first ever plans to construct a Channel crossing date back to the 1800s, and almost two centuries later, the Channel Tunnel was opened in 1994, having taken seven years to build. The project cost over £4.5m, and the lives of ten workers were lost.
When in Rome
No stay in Rome is complete without a walk around the Colosseum, constructed in 80AD to host gladiatorial events. Today the Colosseum stands in ruins but an undeniable atmosphere remains, perhaps due to the fact that around half a million people lost their lives during the course of the ‘games’. Seating a minimum of 50,000 spectators, the Colosseum’s construction features a number of subterranean tunnels through which animals and gladiators were led to the arena.
Wall to Wall
The purpose of constructing the Great Wall of China was to protect northern China from attack, and at over 4000 miles long it took hundreds of years to build. It’s thought that up to three million people were killed during construction. There has long been much debate over whether or not the Great Wall can be seen from space, but it’s unlikely that there’s any truth in the belief. Experts say that due to measurements, if it was, there’s no reason why roads would not be visible too!
Modern times have rarely seen a construction so weird and wonderful as Dubai’s Palm Jumeirah, which you may know better as the artificial palm tree-shaped island built in the Persian Gulf. Home to many world class hotels, the Palm Jumeirah remains under construction and is the final destination of the QE2, or ‘floating hotel’. Bizarrely, in the surrounding waters lie two fighter planes, submerged to attract marine life to the area. Unsurprisingly the island is set to become one of the most exclusive holiday resorts on the planet.
Sometimes when you feel like you’ve bitten off more than you can chew; a bit of perspective is all you need. If these ambitious building projects can come to fruition, so can yours!