Construction Projects that took Time to Finish

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Construction Projects that took Time to Finish

Before, there was only limited construction equipment. However, this limitation has not prevented architects and engineers to build amazing skyscrapers, towers and the likes.

Let us all take a look at the most ambitious construction projects made without the use (or with a little use) of construction equipments in our amazing top 10 lists.

10 – The Coliseum

Colosseum in Rome

AddressPiazza del Colosseo, 1, 00184 Roma, Italy
Construction Date70 to 80 AD
Area2 ha
Architectural styleAncient Roman architecture
ArchitectsVespasian, Titus

The Coliseum project started AD 70 and was done by AD 80. The 10-year construction project has arches and vaults which aid in the strength of the building. Underneath the arena, there are elevators, hydraulic mechanisms and tunnels The Coliseum project started as a celebration for military triumph. They say that this is built as a symbol of Rome’s glory.

9 – The Parthenon

The Parthenon in Athens

AddressAthens, Greece
Construction Date447 BC to 438 BC
Area69.5 by 30.9 m (228 by 101 ft)
FunctionTemple, Place of worship
Architectural styleClassical architecture, Doric order
ArchitectsPhidias, Ictinus, Callicrates

The construction project duration of this building is from 447 BC to 430 BC. For seventeen years, people built this building to become a temple for the Goddess Athena. Many consider this as the best Doric Temple in Ancient Greece.

8 – The Great Pyramid of Giza

Giza Pyramids

Addressالاهرام, الجيزة, Egypt
Construction Date2560 to 2540 BC
AreaHeight : 146.5 metres (481 ft), ancient,
138.8 metres (455 ft), contemporary,
Base: (230.4 metres or 756 ft)
FunctionMonument, Tomb
Architectural stylePyramid, Ancient Egyptian architecture
ArchitectsKhufu, Imhotep, Hemiunu

The construction of this famous Egyptian building started in 2580 BC and lasted till 2560 BC. It took people twenty years to build this tallest man-made structure.

7 – The Saksaywaman


AddressCusco, Cusco Region, Peru
Construction Date1445 AD to 1508 AD
Architectural styleAncient Inca Empire architecture

Its construction period started 1445 AD to 1508 AD. This 63- year old construction project was done employing the mortar less construction method. This building shows how creative people in the South America can be.

6 – York Minster Cathedral

York Minster

AddressDeangate, York YO1 7HH, United Kingdom
(York, North Yorkshire, England)
Construction Date1338 - 1408
FunctionChurch of England, Worship
Architectural styleEarly English, Perpendicular

This construction project took a whopping 252 years to accomplish. This building features the largest stained glass in the world and shows the great skills and amazing creativity of the craftsmen in medieval times.

5 – Chichen Itza

Chichen Itza

AddressYucatan, Mexico
Construction Date600 AD to 1000 AD
Area5 square kilometres (1.9 sq mi)
Architectural stylePuuc-style architecture

The popular Mayan settlement in Mexico took about 400 years to be built. The construction started in 600 AD and lasted until 1000 AD. This exhibits great artistic imagination and incredible mathematical precision.

4 – Angkor Wat

Angkor Wat

AddressKrong Siem Reap, Cambodia
Construction Date802 to 1220 AD
AreaOuter Wall: 3.6 kilometres (2.2 mi)
FunctionTemple, Place of worship
Architectural styleKhmer architectural style, Dravidian architecture
Architectsstarted by Suryavarman II completed by Jayavarman VII

On the top 4 of our list is the Angkor Wat that can be found in Cambodia. The construction started on AD 802 to AD 1220. This temple took 418 years to build. This is said to be one of the best examples of the Khmer architecture.

3 – Petra

Al Khazneh in Petra

AddressWadi Musa,Petra,Ma'an, 71882, Jordan
Construction Date312 BCE (850 years to finish)
Architectural styleAssyrian, Persian, Egyptian, Hellenistic, Roman Elements mixed with Nabataean elements.

The top three in the list is Petra. Petra is a citadel which you can find in the middle of the desert. This is carved straight into a rock. It took 850 years to finish this establishment. The building has been the key center of trade in the Near East.

2 – Stone Henge


AddressAmesbury, Wiltshire SP4 7DE, United Kingdom
Construction Date3100 to 1500 BC
Area98 m (320 feet) in diameter;
FunctionUnknown (Still Debatable)
Architectural stylePrehistoric Britain
OwnerEdward Seymour, 1st Duke of Somerset

This project started on 3100 BC and lasted on 1500 BC. This took 1600 years to get built however no one really knows the reason behind this project. Despite that, this remains to be a remarkable feat that the Neolithic society has ever done.

1 – The Great Wall, China

great wall

Construction Date220 to 206 BC
AreaSize: 21,196 km (13,171 mi)
Architectural styleChinese
ArchitectsQin Shi Huang, First Emperor of China

Of course, this will not be hailed as one of the wonders of the world for nothing. During the 2000 years of construction of the great wall, a lot of men have died. This construction is not only a symbol of imperial power; it is also a military tool.

It is surprising that these amazing projects have been done without the use of any construction equipments. Lucky for our architects and engineers today, they have a wide array of equipments and tools that they can use. If you want to build structures as great as these ones, it is recommended that you make use of equipments through El Camino Rental construction equipment. This will help you have a hassle-free and affordable construction project.

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