From the Great Pyramids of Giza to the Eiffel Tower in Paris, there are hundreds of architectural wonders to be seen all over our lovely planet. Fairly speaking, these sites have not only become a trademark of the city or the region they belong to, but a trademark to entire nations and continents. Below, see 11 historical photos showing some of the most iconic men made wonders and how they looked during the first few decades of the 20th century.
#1 The Pyramids of Gizah, Egypt
The three pyramids from left to right: Menkaure, Kephren, Cheops. Photographed from a balloon from about 600 metres above ground. Year: 1904
#2 Borobudur, Central Java, Indonesia
Borobudur after Van Erp’s restoration in 1911. Note the reconstructed chhatra pinnacle on top of the main stupa, now dismantled. Photo courtesy: Tropenmuseum
#3 The Big Ben in London
The picture, a view from Victoria Tower, depicts the position of London on both sides of the Thames. The big dome-shaped building near the pictures upper right corner is St. Paul’s Cathedral. On the left, you can see Big Ben.
Year: Presumably late 1920s or 1930, published 1930.
#4 Stonehenge, Wiltshire, England
An early photograph of the prehistoric monument taken July 1877
#5 The Great Sphynx of Giza, Egypt
Great Sphinx before clearance, Brooklyn Museum Archives
#6 The Eiffel Tower in Paris, France
Photo showing the construction of the cupola of the Eiffel Tower. Date: 15 March 1889
#7 The Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, Germany
The Brandenburg Gate in the 1930s. See more historical photos of this site here.
#8 The Empire State Building during construction, New York
A worker bolt beams during construction of the Empire State Building. The Chrysler Building can be seen in the background. Year: likely 1930
#9 Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco
A pedestrian poses at the old railing on opening day of the bridge, 26 May 1937
#10 Sagrada Familia, Barcelona
Still under construction, but here’s how Antoni Gaudí’s most famous work in progress looked back in 1905.
#11 Notre Dame, Paris
An 1853 photo by Charles Nègre of Henri Le Secq next to the notable Le Stryge chimera on Notre Dame de Paris.
We also thought to remind you of Britain’s seaside theatres from the 1920s, now fading away