Famous unfinished buildings
Sometimes construction projects can take a long time to complete. Naturally, we're talking about huge complex tasks that require a lot of skill, invested effort and money. Running them often delayed, as does the construction of a process that can take more than one century. This list is followed by ten world-famous structures, the construction of which was started a long time ago, but they still remain unfinished due to any reason.
You've probably heard about the Westminster Abbey. This is one of the most famous and beautiful churches in the world, which is a universally recognized architectural masterpiece. Surprisingly, this is not the cradle of Catholicism in the country - this honor belongs to Westminster Cathedral, which is one street below the Abbey. Westminster Cathedral, in fact, never and was not completed until the end. Work is still in progress, but as long as the entire interior is not decorated. on the construction work began in 1895, but the parent church of the whole of England and did not finish.
German stadium was built in 1937 in Nuremberg, Germany. The stadium was the brainchild of Adolf Hitler, who wanted to create a gigantic arena of the Roman style for all kinds of purposes, including various Nazi rallies and replacing the Olympic Games something Aryan games. Fortunately, the Second World War stopped construction before any serious work was launched. Thus, only the German stadium residues are destroyed half poles, walls of the test area and a large lake at Nuremberg, which filled the construction pit structure.
Cathedral of Saint John the Divine in New York
Cathedral of Saint John the Divine in New York City is one of the largest Christian churches in the world. It is located in Manhattan, in the heart of the city. This building is definitely worth a landmark in New York, but the officials responsible for it, are waiting until the building is completed. Well, to begin construction in the distant 1892. The design was beset with problems from the very start, from the lack of finance and technical problems to wars and fires, not to mention the fact that the developers have repeatedly changed the overall architectural style. Church officials are still trying to decide how to finish the cathedral, and in the meantime he was given the nickname "St. John the Unfinished."
The building superpower in Florida
This building is definitely fit to colossal failures and unfinished. Great buildings of Scientology as well as the Vatican Catholicism. Work began in 1999 in Clearwater, Florida, and was estimated to have had to take two years and $ 40 million. In 2003, work was abandoned for six years, to reschedule the entire inner and collect more donations of supporters. All this was done, even though the daily fines of $ 250, which is imposed for simple. Work began again in 2009, but the building had still not opened. Many followers left the church, donating millions to the project, and in January 2013 Luis and Rocio Garcia filed a lawsuit against the church for wasted money.
The International Space Station
The International Space Station (ISS) is not as a building, but rather a "modular structure". It is on this list, since it is in a state of perpetual construction. Unlike most facilities here Station operated by countries from all continents. The first "component" under the name of Zarya was launched into orbit in 1998, and the last was added in 2011. As expected, the complex should be completed by 2005, but due to changes in technology and science, the date was postponed indefinitely .
The Royal Palace of Ajuda
The National Palace of Ajuda in Lisbon is not only a famous tourist attraction, but also the official residence of the Portuguese royal family. For all the above items perechilsennym seemingly it should be placed in the list of priorities of the Portuguese builders and developers. Nevertheless, the design, the construction of which began in 1796, never completed. Lack of finance and a series of wars led to the fact that the project was repeatedly adjusted and changed. But construction continued despite these setbacks, completely up to the Portuguese revolution in 1910, which abolished the monarchy. Currently, half-finished palace functions as a museum.
If you've already heard about Woodchester Mansion, you probably are a lover of TV series Haunted. Once there was a psychiatric hospital, then housed soldiers during the Second World War. But the real reason why Woodchester Mansion is known for, it's a hell of a shell house - apparently completed house is absolutely not finished inside. Woodchester is open to visitors, so you can always see the inner part of the house, which has only the outer side.
Parliament Buildings New Zealand
As the Portuguese kings and queens who had to live in the Palace of Ajuda, New Zealand parliamentarians working on the unfinished building for over a century. The plans for the new headquarters were drawn up in 1911 and included two stages of the design: one for critical space, and one for less important, such as a library and law firm "Crown". All of this was supposed to take only two years, but they have not even started construction before 1914, tightening to 1922. In any case, the second stage of official parliament building had not yet begun. The building was officially opened in 1995, although it is still not completed from a technical point of view.
Nuclear Power Plant Marble Hill
Most of the items on the list, despite the fact that they are not completed, are still used for a particular purpose. But some of them - nothing more than a useless colossal failures. Marble Hill falls into this latter category. This nuclear plant in Indiana was started in 1977, and for about 7 years, was fully completed. Then in 1984, after investing $ 2.5 billion it turned out that it is only half completed. Companies start of the project, have realized that simply can not afford to continue to build on. They ended up selling a piece of equipment to return several million lost costs. The plant is in a state of half-finished since then, and the company that owns them, planning to completely dismantle all structures.
Sagrada Familia in Barcelona
In contrast to the Basilica of St. John, the church Sagrada Familia in Barcelona has received international recognition - even though that is still under construction with 1882. Moreover, it is defined as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it is also visited by Pope and announced Basilica. Sagrada Familia - the brainchild of the famous architect Antonio Gaudi, who has spent most of his life, transforming the Cathedral in a grotesque, inspired by nature, a work of art. He died tragically in 1926, being hit by a tram. His masterpiece that time was completed less than a quarter. But his case was continued since then, inspired by the vision of Gaudi and funded by millions of tourists who flock to the cathedral every year. Today, the Sagrada Familia made by more than half, from an optimistic completion date in 2026 - the centenary of Gaudi's death. Current chief architect assured that construction will be completed, "perhaps less than a century."