We're used to seeing modern landmarks in their completed glory, but we gain a new appreciation for those familiar monuments when we see them in progress, and remember all the labor that went into bringing them to life.

Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco Bay, California (1933-1937, designed by Joseph Strauss, Irving Morrow and Charles Ellis)

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The Eiffel Tower, Paris, France (Gustave Eiffel, 1887-1889)

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Christ the Redeemer, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (designed by Heitor da Silva Costa, sculpted by Paul Landowski, 1926-1931)

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Manhattan Bridge, New York (Leon Moisseiff, 1901-1912)

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Atomium, Brussels, Belgium (1957-1958, designed by André Waterkeyn, André and Jean Polak)

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Statue of Liberty, Liberty Island, New York (Frédéric Bartholdi, 1876-1886)

The torch-bearing arm was displayed at the Centennial Exposition in 1876 and in New York's Madison Square Park from 1876 to 1882.

The head was exhibited at the 1878 Paris World's Fair.

The pedestal's cornerstone was laid in 1884 on Liberty Island, and on June 17, 1885 the Statue of Liberty, a gift to the United States from the people of France, reached the New York port safely. It was dedicated one year later, on October 28, 1886.

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Sydney Opera House, Sydney, Australia (1959-1973, Jørn Utzon)

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Tower Bridge, London, UK (1886-1894, designed by Sir Horace Jones and George D. Stevenson)

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Nelson's Column, London, UK (1840-1843, designed by William Ralton)

Salt print from calotype negative, made by William Henry Fox Talbot.

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The Craigleith sandstone statue of Nelson was sculpted by E. H. Baily and the bronze relief panels were made by Musgrave Watson, William F. Woodington, John Ternouth, and John Edward Carew. Four bronze lions were designed by Sir Edwin Landseer and added in 1867.

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Gateway Arch, St. Louis, Missouri (designed by Eero Saarinen and Hannskarl Bandel in 1947 constructed between 1963 and 1965. Opened in 1967.)

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