Notre Dame (again)
After the fires at Notre Dame on April 15, 2019, a devastated world worked tirelessly to fund repairs needed to the iconic landmark. Despite arguments over the particulars of the rebuild, construction began again in the northern hemisphere’s autumn 2019. This photo was taken in February, as the massive building project continues. Experts estimate that this project will not be completed until 2040 at the very earliest, though likely much, much later.
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Statue of Liberty
This statue had a long life well before it was installed on Liberty Island. It was displayed in pieces during the World’s Fair in Paris in 1878 and didn’t even make its way to the United States until 1885. Additional construction has been done on the statue numerous times since then, but this image shows the scaffolding that went up during a two-year restoration project that began in 1984.
Big Ben, the symbolic clock on the north end of Westminster Palace, was originally completed in 1859. This rendering from 1855 shows the staging for the new bridge, as well as the shell for what would become St Stephen’s Tower (eventually renamed “Big Ben”) undergoing work in the background. It’s incredible to see how far it’s come!
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