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10 Famous Unfinished Buildings Known All Over the World

By Andrew Alpin, 11 June 2022


5 St. Cathedral of St. John the divine


The St. Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York has been under construction since 1892, more than 125 years ago. Since then, only two-thirds of the project has been completed. According to the Guinness Book of World Records, it is the world’s biggest cathedral. But the buildings haven’t been finished because the style changed and there were breaks in the work.

At first, the cathedral was going to be built in a Byzantine and Romanesque Revival style. But later, it was completely changed to a Gothic Revival style. In 2017, the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission officially named the cathedral a city landmark. It is the sixth-largest church in the world.

St. Cathedral of St. John the divine

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6 Alai Minar


Near the famous Qutub Minar in Delhi is an unfinished tower called Alai Minar. Alauddin Khilji wanted to make it twice as tall as the Qutub Minar, which is 239 feet tall. Khilji died in 1316, and later generations abandoned the half-finished stone construction. Khilji, who called himself the “Second Alexander,” worked on the Alai Minar project to outdo the Qutub Minar built by Qutubuddin Aibak.

The Qutub Minar was a beautiful, well-known building that was the only one of its kind in India. The Alai Minar was meant to be twice as big as the Qutub Minar. Khilji was a very successful ruler in the Indian subcontinent, so he wanted to build a “Tower of Victory” unlike any other monument before it. However, Khilji only witnessed some part of the construction of his ambitious project because, after him, the Alai Minar’s construction never continued. Now, all that’s left is a 27-meter-high, six-story circular mass.

Alai Minar

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7 The Palace of the Parliament


The Palace of the Parliament, which used to be called the “People’s Palace,” is Romania’s most important communist building. It is the world’s heaviest unfinished building, has been under construction since 1984, and is still yet to be completed. Only 400 of its 1,100 rooms are used, and there are eight basements, the lowest of which is a nuclear bunker connected by tunnels, that is not used at all.

The building was meant to represent how prosperous and grand the multilateral society was. But the truth is that people had to deal with food shortages and blackouts because the project, which was only for the ruling class, cost two billion dollars.

The Palace of the Parliament

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