Amanda

By Amanda

LifeBuzz Staff

22 Rare Photos Of Famous Landmarks BEFORE They Were Finished. #5 Is Mind-Blowing.

You'd probably only have to see a small glimpse of the Lincoln Memorial to be able to identify it, and most people recognize the Eiffel Tower without giving it much thought. That's because buildings and monuments like this are so iconic, they've simply become ingrained in our minds.

But what did these historic structures look like before they were historic?

Below are 22 of the world's most famous landmarks, pictured before they became famous. After browsing these photos, you might find it hard to believe that the Statue of Liberty ever used to look like that!

#1. The Sydney Opera House under construction in the 1960's.

#2. Christ the Redeemer being built on a mountaintop in Sao Paolo, Brazil.

Christ the Redeemer being built on a mountaintop in Sao Paolo, Brazil.

#3. Manhattan Bridge in New York City, 1909.

Manhattan Bridge in New York City, 1909.

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#4. The London Tower Bridge without a middle in 1892.

The London Tower Bridge without a middle in 1892.

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#5. The beginnings of the Hoover Dam.

The beginnings of the Hoover Dam.

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#6. The U.S. Capitol Building in 1861.

The U.S. Capitol Building in 1861.

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