These Iconic Landmarks Were Originally Hated By The Public
Today, you will see tens and thousands of tourists flock to famous landmarks while on vacation to take a picture beside these famous monuments. But, did you know that some landmarks around the world were not given this love and affection right from the start?
Yes, believe it or not, but there are some landmarks that are now cherished that were originally hated by the public. They were not seen as works of art or incredible monuments but were considered to be an eyesore or the public had an issue with the construction. But, thankfully over the years the feelings of the public have changed.
1The Gate To The East
The Gate to the East or the Gate of the Orient is located in Suzhou, China. It is the largest conjoined skyscraper in the world and has been recognized as an architectural marvel. It was completed in 2016 and since then has been deemed the tallest gate in the world (because it is almost entirely made of steel).
2What does the building hold?
The building is not just something to look at though. It holds the deepest private wine cellar in the word and also the tallest swimming pool in China! However, the locals hate it and find it humiliating to walk through the arch. They say it feels like crawling between someone’s legs.
Located in Paris, this building looks like it is always under construction and that’s why the locals hate it. The building was the first contemporary and modern art museum and was completed in 1977. Architects Richard Rodgers and Renzo Piano are the ones responsible for this design. Locals hate this exoskeleton design because it directly clashes with the sophisticated and elegant architecture of Paris, some of them dating back centuries.
The Shard was formerly called London Bridge Tower and is the tallest building in the UK. It is 1016 feet tall, has 72 floors and has an observation deck. The architect was Renzo Piano and he was inspired by the railway tracks and sailing ships near the area and wanted to amalgamate them and the building was finished in 2009. Locals hated the design and felt it was like “a spike through the heart of historic London.”
Located in Barcelona, Spain, this unfinished Roman Catholic Church was planned by Catalan architect Antoni Gaudi who has also designed Park Guell and Casa Mila. Construction began in 1882 and is yet to be finished, though it is expected to be over by 2026. However, locals simply wish that the church would be torn down.