Ever imagined what the statue of liberty might look like sitting in the centre of Rome, or pictured the Eiffel tower among New York’s vast skyline. Well, the folks over at 1st Move International have been stretching their imagination to visualise just what this might look like. To complement this they’ve also been hard at work to crunch the numbers on exactly how much this might cost in modern day pricing.
Having picked out a selection of seven modern and classical Wonders of the World to look at, they then drilled into the data to extract the exact shapes, sizing’s and weights of each to pull together the costs for disassembly, transport and reconstruction on the other end.
The Great Wall of China
Trump might be trying to build a new wall on the Mexican border, but this one has stood the test of time for hundreds of years, so why not just bring it over to the States? Well as the wall weights in at a staggering 25 million tonnes, and stretches for 13,000 miles its no wonder that it costs an incredible $2.5 trillion, (yes trillion!), dollars to move from China across to America. So, for the GDP of a small country, Trump could have his very own Great Wall of America.
Perhaps the most extravagant gift a husband as ever given his wife, the Taj Mahal was built to house the remains of Shah Jahan’s favourite wife, it took over 10 years to build and cost approximately $827 million dollars (adjusted for inflation). If we wanted to move this over to the city of love (Paris), it would cost just shy of that price with $170 million in disassembly, $55 million in transportation and $508 million to rebuild, totalling at $733 million.
Statue of Liberty
A symbol of hope and freedom for America, Lady Liberty has stood on Liberty Island from 1886 after she was gifted by the French to the United States. Well, perhaps it’s time for her to revisit her European roots, and where better than among some of history’s most iconic sculptures in Rome. All in, it would only cost the low price of $500 million to rebuild her in the centre of St Peters Square, so who knows, maybe this could be the first stop on her world tour.
Having been the centre of entertainment in Roman times, the Coliseum has seen its fair share of sporting events and fights, and through sporting might have changed over the years the general layout of our modern day stadiums can be traced back to this unique structure. If Russia decided they wanted one for the FIFA world cup, they would need to fork out $4 billion to shift the 400,000-tonne structure.
The Great Pyramid of Giza
People have been scratching their heads over the pyramids for thousands of years, scientists claim they were built using slaves and waterways, while the more conspiracy theory led among us believe in the ‘built by aliens’ approach. Regardless of what you think, there is no denying it wouldn’t make for an impressive sight sitting behind the city that never sleeps, Las Vegas. Coming in at a total of $8.2 billion dollars which consists of disassembling ($1.7 billion), transporting ($1.5 billion) and rebuilding ($5 billion), but it would make a nice spot for some blackjack.
Christ the Redeemer
Created by the French sculptor Paul Landowski and Brazilian engineer Heitor da Silva Costa, the Redeemer has stood tall atop the Corcovado mountain overlooking Rio for the past 87 years. Well, it might be time for a change of scenery and a move across the Atlantic to liven up London’s Skyscape. With a weight of 1,145 Tonnes, it would take $6.1 billion to disassemble, $900,000 to transport and $17 million to reassemble, totalling at $24 million for the full transportation.
The centrepiece of French engineering, since its launch in 1887 the tower see’s approximately 7 million visitors a year and has had two replicas built of it (one in Vegas and one in China). If we were to move the tower over to New York, all 18,038 metal parts would need to be disassembled moved and put back together, that’s moving almost 10,000 tonnes of iron, copper and paint. The cost of all this labour comes in at only $14 billion dollars, of which $3.5 would be spent on disassembly, $500 million on transport and $10 billion on rebuilding the tower.
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