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10 Famous Unfinished Buildings Known All Over the World

By Andrew Alpin, 11 June 2022


8 Metropolitan Catholic Cathedral


The largest Catholic church in England is in Liverpool. It is called the Metropolitan Catholic Cathedral. Sir Edwin Lutyens, a well-known architect, was hired to work on the project in 1933. Only the crypt of the huge building was built before World War II broke out and stopped work. If the original plan had been finished, the cathedral would be 60 feet taller than St. Peter’s in Rome.

Another genius, Fredrick Gibberd, who won a worldwide design competition, came up with the building’s current look. After the crypt was built, further construction stopped due to WWII. After that, Lutyens never cared about the project again, and he died in 1944. As of today, the Metropolitan Catholic Cathedral exists as one of the many historically unfinished buildings.

Metropolitan Catholic Cathedral

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9 Sagrada Familia


The Basilica Temple, or Sagrada Familia, is one of the largest unfinished buildings- a Basilica in Barcelona, Spain. So far, five generations have witnessed its development and progress. Francisco de Paula del Villar began building it in 1882, and is still being built today. The temple won’t be finished until the year 2026. The beautiful temple’s construction began on March 19, 1882. Soon after, the head architect quit, and Antoni Gaudi took his place. When Gaudi died in 1926, less than a quarter of what he had planned had been done.

In 1936, the Spanish Civil War made it hard to make progress. The revolutionaries broke into the palace and immediately destroyed Gaudi’s models. The work on Sagrada Familia didn’t start up again until the 1950s. 2010 was a faster year for building because of improvements in technology. It’s unlikely that the building will be done by 2026 since the COVID-19 pandemic also halted its construction. This Spanish church is an excellent example of Gothic architecture from the past. On November 7, 2010, the place was already on the UNESCO World Heritage Sites list.

Sagrada Familia

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10 The National Monument of Scotland


The inscriptions say that the National Monument of Scotland in Edinburgh is a memorial of the past and a call to the men of Scotland to be brave in the future. At the same time, it’s also called “Scotland’s Disgrace” because of things that didn’t go as planned. The building began to be built in 1826, but it was stopped after only three years because of a lack of funding.

The monument was supposed to honor the men who died during the Napoleonic Wars. It was meant to look just like an old temple in Athens called the Parthenon. When the work stopped in 1829, only 12 columns had been erected. Even though it has a sad past, The National Monument of Scotland is a significant building for Scotland and its architecture.

The National Monument of Scotland

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