Mankind has already constructed some beautiful buildings. According to the Guinness Book of Records, the oldest is on the island of Malta . It is the Gigantija Temple, made around 6,000 BC by a people who knew to move stones to 50 tons, needed for construction. Today we are still watching openly what the ancient Egyptians, Greeks and Romans put down and what our modern-day architects are driving out of their pencil and computer. Yet there is also the other side of the spectrum. People have already put down totally useless buildings. They are sometimes described as ” follie “, intended for decoration, but for the rest totally useless. Read our list of the 10 most useless buildings in the world.
10. Hagley Hall Castle
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Not far from Worcestershire you will find this castle, owned by the Lyttelton family. It’s a beautiful big domain. The castle seems to be a ruin. You ask yourself if ‘is this destroyed by the enemies’, ‘tainted by a terrible storm’, ‘stormed during a war’? The truth behind this story, however, is something very different. The ruin was built like this. It was a certain Sanderson Miller who had this idea in the 18th century. Since that time it is. It serves all the way to nothing (except maybe some beautiful pictures).
9. Broadway Tower
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Also in Worcestershire you will find a tower. This building is not far from the village with the same name. The tower was built for Lady Coventry. She wanted something to look at from her castle, which is 25 km further. An expensive wish, which she actually paid for herself.
8. Bishop Castle
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In 1969 Jim Bishop bought a piece of land in Colorado for $ 450. It is not special because he wanted to build a cozy house for his family, all in his food. During the construction work, however, ‘the house’ began to resemble a castle. Bishop then decided to go all the way and make a huge castle. However, without residents, because there has never been a human being in this building. However, it has grown into a popular tourist attraction.
7. Clavell Tower
Compared to the Broadway Tower, because this tower also serves for nothing. A certain John Clavell, a spiritual, acquired the ground on which this tower stands in 1817. It remained a “follie”. Although the construction once served really for something. It was the inspiration for PD Jame’s book The Black Tower.
TOP 10 MOST USELESS BUILDINGS EVER MADE (FOLLIES)
6. Sham Castle
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Also from England comes this useless construction. It is located in Bathampton. It was built in 1762 by Richard James. He would like something to look at. The castle never had one real function. Not crazy, because from the front it looks like a really sturdy fortress, but you walk to the back just in a meadow.
5. Conolly’s Folly
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This building is better known as ‘the obelisk’. It was built around 1740 and it gave Irish construction workers work during the big famine. It has never served anything, except to stand there. Recently, the obelisk has been restored, because those stills just collapsed!
4. Needly’s Eye
This is a funny story of a follie, which at the beginning of his life had a goal. The man who designed Needly’s Eye, Charles Wentworth, has made it possible to win a bet. He had betrayed that he could drive a car and horse through the eye of a needle. That’s how it happened. The bet was accepted, the ‘building’ was put down and the man drove by car and horse. Since then, Needless’s Eye has never been used for anything.
3. Ballandean Pyramid
The first building with no use from Australia on our list. It’s a pyramid, even a special copy. During a mine mining in this region, many granite stones remained. A man found that sin and built his pyramid.That took eight months, but after that he had his own pyramid. Who can still say that?
2. Dutch Kremlin
Also in the Netherlands we know ‘follies’, the most famous one is probably the Dutch Kremlin at the Limmerschouw in Winkel, North Holland. The building is made by Ger Leegwater, which uses all kinds of materials as construction waste, tiles and curb tires. The building is washed out of the clumps, some follies are 10 meters high!
1.Device To Root Out Evil
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This special church can be found in Vancouver (Canada) and was made by American artist Dennis Oppenheim.