Revealed: These Are the Most Expensive Landmarks in the World!

From the Eiffel Tower to the Great Wall of China, landmarks across the world are a huge tourist attraction. But have you ever wondered how much they cost to build? Merchant Cash Advance has taken a seedlist of landmarks in the world and researched how much they cost to build, and the results are surprising!

The most expensive landmark is St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City, Italy. Costing USD 7 billion (approximately PHP 359 billion) to build, the famous landmark is a church. The building is 137 meters tall with the interior of St. Peter’s filled with many masterpieces of Renaissance and Baroque art.

The Taj Mahal comes in second place and is an ivory-white marble mausoleum on the right bank of the river Yamuna in the Indian city of Agra. The landmark was built in 1631 by the fifth Mughal emperor, Shah Jahan in memory of his third wife and cost a staggering USD 1 billion (approximately PHP 51 billion) to complete.

Meanwhile, The Great Wall of China is almost 3,000 years old and cost approximately USD 95 million (approximately PHP 4.9 billion) to build. Taking over 1800 years to complete, The Great Wall of China is a series of fortifications that were built across the historical northern borders of ancient Chinese states and Imperial China as protection.

The Eiffel Tower comes at 11th place and is a wrought iron lattice tower on the Champ de Mars in Paris, France. Named after the engineer Gustave Eiffel, the landmark cost USD 1.5 million (approximately PHP 77 million) to build and is 324 meters in height.

Check out the full list below!

  1. St. Peter’s Basilica – Vatican City, Italy – (USD 7 billion or PHP 359 billion)
  2. Taj Mahal – Angra, India – (USD 1 billion or PHP 51 billion)
  3. Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque – Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – (USD 545 million or PHP 28 billion)
  4. Colosseum – Rome, Italy – (USD 215 million or PHP 11 billion)
  5. Great Wall of China – Beijing, China – (USD 95 million or PHP 4.9 billion)
  6. Basilica of the Sagrada Familia – Barcelona, Spain – (USD 60 million or PHP 3 billion)
  7. Empire State Building – New York, USA – (USD 41 million or PHP 2.1 billion)
  8. Angkor Wat – Siem Reap, Cambodia – (USD 39 million or PHP 2 billion)
  9. Golden Gate Bridge – San Francisco, California – (USD 35 million or PHP 1.8 billion)
  10. Sydney Harbour Bridge – Sydney, Australia – (USD 4.2 million or PHP 215 million)
  11. Eiffel Tower – Paris, France – (USD 1.5 million or PHP 77 million)
  12. Corcovado, Cristo Redentor or Christ the Redeemer – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil – (USD 250,000 or PHP 13 million)

The full data can be found here.


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