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Here’s What 5 Famous Landmarks Almost Looked Like

Some of these famous structures almost turned out very differently!

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sydney opera houseCourtesy GoCompare Alternate Architecture

Sydney Opera House

The unique structure of the Sydney Opera House in Sydney, Australia was designed by Jørn Utzon. The famous performing arts center was almost designed to look much more modern by Eugene Goossens. This is what famous landmarks looked like 100 years ago.

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Arc de Triomphe

The Arc de Triomphe is an iconic landmark in Paris, France that was designed by Jean-François Chalgrin. The structure that stands today is located at the western end of the Champs-Élysées and honors those who fought in the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars. One of the rejected designs for the monument looked a lot different and was designed by Charles Ribart.

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Lincoln Memorial

This American national monument was built to honor Abraham Lincoln, the 16th president of the United States. It stands at the western end of the National Mall in Washington D.C., directly across from another famous landmark, the Washington Monument. Henry Bacon designed the structure that stands today and the alternate design was created by John Russell Pope. Check out what these famous landmarks look like zoomed out.

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Tower Bridge

Sir Horace Jones designed the Tower Bridge in London. It crosses over the River Thames and has become a symbol of the bustling city. One of the alternate designs, created by F.J. Palmer, was very plain and didn’t really fit into the historic architecture of London.

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Tribune Tower

John Mead Howells and Raymond Hood created the ornate design of the Tribune Tower in Chicago, Illinois. Once home to many businesses, it is now being converted into condominiums. One of the rejected designs for the building, created by Bruno Taut, was much more modern. Next, read about the monuments that are hiding little-known secrets.

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Morgan Cutolo
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