The 20 Most Expensive Buildings in the World [Infographic]

Posted on Sep 8 2016 - 12:13am by Amber Edwards

The 20 Most Expensive Buildings in the World

Buildings are often landmarks of cities, with some of the most impressive buildings defining them, such as the Bellagio in Las Vegas, or the One World Trade Center in New York. Tourists flock from all over the world to feast their eyes on these spectacular examples of architecture and to take those essential real-life photos of them. It’ll come as no surprise then to learn that an awful lot of money is used in order to erect these buildings. Whether they have any symbolic or religious importance or they’re built purely to show extravagance and wealth, billions of pounds are invested in architecture, which is what makes them quite so wondrous.

We were thinking of impressive buildings, and decided to do some research into what were the most expensive buildings around the world, as surely these are the most spectacular? Maybe that’s quite a subjective question, so take a look below to find out if you think the most expensive buildings are the most impressive. Will it surprise you to know that buildings such as the Gherkin in London, or the Eiffel Tower in Paris don’t top the list of the twenty most expensive buildings around the world? And might it also surprise you to learn that the most expensive building ever built cost over 100 billion dollars?

In fact, most of the buildings that dominate the list are from the U.S.A., China, and the Middle East, with the most expensive building being the Masjid al-Haram found in Saudi Arabia. This amazing mosque is the largest in the world and is the primary destination for pilgrimages, covering an area of 356, 800 square metres. It attracts over 5 million Muslims every year who have to perform the Hajj once in their life. Would you have expected this to be the most expensive building in the world? Take a look below to find out more about these spectacular buildings.


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Amber Edwards works on the marketing team at ORTG (Online Regional Travel Group), specifically for the Fly Abu Dhabi branch of the company.