Vintage photos of famous buildings under construction

For most of us, the Eiffel Tower in Paris, Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro or the Empire State Building in New York have always been where they are. Who can remember when or how they were built? For those of us who can't, there are these amazing pictures showing the construction of some of the world's most iconic buildings.

Eiffel Tower, Paris, France (1887 – 1889)

Eiffel Tower, Paris, France (1887 – 1889)

Sagrada Família, Barcelona, Spain (1882 – 2028, estimate)

Sagrada Família, Barcelona, Spain (1882 – 2028, estimate)

Neuschwanstein Castle, Hohenschwangau, Germany (1869 – 1892)

Neuschwanstein Castle, Hohenschwangau, Germany (1869 – 1892)

Mount Rushmore, Keystone, South Dakota (1927 – 1939)

Mount Rushmore, Keystone, South Dakota (1927 – 1939)

Gateway Arch, St. Louis, Missouri (1963 – 1965)

Gateway Arch, St. Louis, Missouri (1963 – 1965)

Hallgrimskirkja, Reykjavik, Iceland (1945 – 1986)

Hallgrimskirkja, Reykjavik, Iceland (1945 – 1986)

Burj Al Arab, Dubai, United Arab Emirates (1994 – 1999)

Burj Al Arab, Dubai, United Arab Emirates (1994 – 1999)

Louvre Pyramid, Paris, France (1984 – 1989)

Louvre Pyramid, Paris, France (1984 – 1989)

Olympic Stadium, Montreal, Canada (1973 – 1976)

Olympic Stadium, Montreal, Canada (1973 – 1976)

Empire State Building, New York City, New York (1929 – 1931)

Empire State Building, New York City, New York (1929 – 1931)

Epcot, Bay Lake, Florida (1979 – 1982)

Epcot, Bay Lake, Florida (1979 – 1982)

Christ the Redeemer, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (1926 – 1931)

Christ the Redeemer, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (1926 – 1931)

Assembling the Statue of Liberty, New York City, New York (1876 – 1886)

Assembling the Statue of Liberty, New York City, New York (1876 – 1886)

Tower Bridge, London, United Kingdom

Tower Bridge, London, United Kingdom

Capitol, Washington DC (1793 – 1800)

Capitol, Washington DC (1793 – 1800)

Brooklyn Bridge, New York City, New York (1869 – 1883)

Brooklyn Bridge, New York City, New York (1869 – 1883)

Space Needle, Seattle, Washington (1961)

Space Needle, Seattle, Washington (1961)

Atomium, Brussels, Belgium (1957 – 1958)

Atomium, Brussels, Belgium (1957 – 1958)

Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, California (1933 – 1937)

Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, California (1933 – 1937)

Sydney Opera House, Sydney, Australia (1959 – 1973)

Sydney Opera House, Sydney, Australia (1959 – 1973)

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