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20 Most Expensive Buildings In The World


Some of the big cities of the world boasts tall and magnificent buildings, with architectural designs that can make just anyone stare in awe. The construction cost such buildings usually amount to billions of dollars. While all these buildings are skyscrapers, the entire costs of construction isn’t directly proportional to its height, instead the cost is escalated by the ultra modern amenities made available, and the exterior/interior uber luxurious designs which serve as key attractions. Year in year out, magnificent buildings are erected somewhere in the world, but there are some that are so incredible that they are considered landmarks, some of them even contribute to its country’s GDP as they keep attracting tourists.

 

#20 Petronas Twin Towers, Kuala Lumpur

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Often featured in films including Entrapment released in 1999 starring Sean Connery and Catherine Zeta Jones.

Noted as being the tallest buildings between 1998 and 2004, they are still the record-holding twin towers in the world.

How much? $1.16 billion.

 

#19 Burj Khalifa, Dubai

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Noted as the world's tallest building, the modern marvel built in 2010 measures 2,720ft. If the windows were to be cleaned by hand, it would take 36 workers FOUR MONTHS to complete.

How much? $1.5 billion.

 

#18 Wembley Stadium, London

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It's not just a sporting icon here in the UK - the second largest stadium in Europe , built in 2006, has the most TOILETS of any venue on the planet, an impressive 2,618.

How much? $1.5 billion.

 

#17 Yankee Stadium, New York

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The sports ground was rebuilt in 2009, although it kept many of its iconic features. If you add in the cost of the first stadium, it's the most expensive sports venue ever built.

How much? $1.5 billion.

 

#16 European Central Bank, Frankfurt

Photo by Mikka Luster

These two towers, joined by one atrium, were built in 2013. Before that, the financial centre had to be house in four different buildings.

How much? $1.5 billion.

 

#15 Bellagio, Las Vegas

Photo by Ken Lund

The famous casino which featured in Ocean's Eleven in 2001, the building was built in 1998 and features 2,000 hand-blown glass flowers which cover 2,000ft sq of the lobby's ceiling.

How much? $1.6 billion.

 

#14 Taipei 101, Taiwan

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The world's tallest 'green' building at 1,670ft, this 2004 construction has been built to withstand all of Mother Nature's thrashings, including typhoons, gales and earthquakes.

How much? $1.8 billion.

 

#13 The Palazzo, Las Vegas

Photo by Tammy Clarke

Built in 2007, the Palazzo lobby has a glass dome measuring 60ft up with a two-storey fountain.

It's the second largest building in the Western Hemisphere.

How much? $1.8 billion.

 

#12 Antilla, Mumbai

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The eye-catching private home of Indian business magnate Mukesh Ambani, this building, erected in 2010, boasts a staff of 600.

How much? $2 billion.

 

#11 Princess Tower, Dubai

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Dubai's second tallest building boasts 107 storeys and was built in 2012. Briefly the tallest residential building in the world, it's now second to 432 Park Avenue in New York.

How much? $2.17 billion.

 

#10 The Venetian Macao, Macau

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An astonishing homage to the beauty of Venice, this 2005 building is the seventh largest in the world, boasting an area of 10,500,000ft sq.

How much? $2.4 billion.

 

#9 City of Dreams, Macau

Photo by Grand Hyatt Macau

It's more of a resort really, boasting the Dancing Water Theatre and the Bubble Fountain. Built in 2009, it also features 1,514 gaming machines.

How much? $2.4 billion.

 

#8 Wynn Resort, Las Vegas

Photo by Ken Lund

Renowned as one of the world's best hotels, the 2005 Nevada venue has the world's largest distribution of HD TVs.

How much? $2.7 billion.

 

#7 Emirates Palace, Abu Dhabi

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A luxe five-star resort built in 2005, this is the second most expensive hotel ever built.

It's got 144 domes which measure 262ft high.

How much? $3 billion.

 

#6 One World Trade Centre, Manhattan

Photo by Anthony Quintano

Built in 2012, the incredible height of 1,776ft is in homage to the year the United States Declaration of Independence was signed.

How much? $3.8 billion.

 

#5 The Cosmopolitan, Las Vegas

Photo by Las Vegas Blog

The hotel's two towers are each 604ft tall, while the 2010 venue has 2,995 rooms, a casino, restaurants, spa and theatre.

How much? $3.90 billion.

 

#4 Marina Bay Sands, Singapore

Photo by Michaela Loheit

Each of these 2010 towers are 55 storeys tall - all connected by a hectare-sized roof terrace called Sands Sky Park.

How much? $5.5 billion.

 

#3 Resorts World Sentosa, Singapore

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The 2012 resort is huge, and features two casinos, an aquarium, the world's largest oceanarium, a theme park and a water park.

How much? $6.59 billion.

 

#2 Abraj Al Bait, Mecca

Photo by Unknown

Built in 2012, the Saudi Arabian building's spire is 305ft with a 75ft high golden crescent.

The clock faces, measuring 141ft by 141ft are the world's largest.

How much? $15 billion.

 

#1 Al-Haram Mosque, Mecca

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This is the largest mosque in the world, and construction has been ongoing since the year 638. The destination for pilgrims from all over the globes, the area of the building is 356,800m.

How much? $100 billion.

 

Source: The Telegraph
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