The Proposition For The Lincoln Memorial In Washington  The following three pictures were proposed by John Russell Pope, who was inspired by the architecture of distant lands, like the pyramids of Egypt and ziggurats of ancient Mesopotamia.

John Russell Pope's Competition Proposal for a Pyramid with Porticoes Style Monument to Abraham Lincoln, 1912

The Sydney Opera House  this world-famous opera house was designed by Danish architect Jørn Utzon. After 10 years of construction, it was finally completed in 1973.

The Sydney Opera House this world-famous opera house was designed by Danish architect Jørn Utzon. After 10 years of construction, it was finally completed in

Rejected Blueprints For Historical Landmarks

The Proposal For The Sydney Opera House This project was pitched by Joseph Marzella

The Proposition For The Lincoln Memorial In Washington

John Russell Pope's Competition Proposal for a Circular Ziggurat Style Monument to Abraham Lincoln, 1912

The Lincoln Memorial  Created as a monument to honour Abraham Lincoln, The United States' 16th President, this landmark was inaugurated in 1922. Its architectural style brings ancient Greek influences to the 18th and 19th century

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London's Trafalgar Square  London's Trafalgar Square was designed by John Nash in 1820 and completed 20 years later. The iconic Nelson's Column was later inaugurated in 1842.

London's Trafalgar Square London's Trafalgar Square was designed by John Nash in 1820 and completed 20 years later. The iconic Nelson's Column was later inaugurated in

The Proposal For The Sydney Opera House  Sketches by Eugene Goossen, colours by Bill Constable.

The Proposal For The Sydney Opera House Sketches by Eugene Goossen, colours by Bill Constable.

London's Watkin's Tower  The construction of Watkin's tower started in 1891 but was abandoned in 1894 thanks to a lack of funds and interest. The tower's design drew influences from the Eiffel Tower, built between 1887 and 1889.   The site's now been destroyed and currently houses Wembley Stadium.

Give a city a historical monument and sooner or later it'll become their symbol — their calling card if you will. Take a trip to Paris and you've got the Eiffel Tower, the Arc de Triomphe or the Pant.

The Proposal For The Arc Du Triomphe  A proposal in 1758 for an elephant-fountain area at the top of the Champs Elysees.

The Proposal For The Arc Du Triomphe A proposal in 1758 for an elephant-fountain area at the top of the Champs Elysees.

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