04/19/2014 07:00 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

The Biggest Travel Bummer Might Just Be Seeing Monuments Under Construction

If you've ever traveled far and long to see a famous monument, you know it's an exciting experience. But what happens when you arrive at that renowned structure and it's covered in scaffolding?

Well... it's basically the biggest letdown ever.

Sure, you should do your research to prepare yourself for things like construction and restoration. And we understand that monuments, especially really old ones, need restoration every now and then to keep them in good shape. But sometimes it's just an unavoidable truth of travel that sites won't look how you'd wish.

Here's what they look like in their sad, scaffolded states.

Disclaimer: These monuments and others may or may not be under construction when you visit them, and are not necessarily under construction right now. Check local websites for further information.

The Washington Monument
monument scaffolding
Date of photo: June 2, 2013
The Washington Monument in Washington, D.C., has been under construction since last May after it was damaged in a 2011 earthquake. It's set to reopen this May.

The Parthenon
parthenon construction
Date of photo: May 1, 2012

The Great Sphinx of Giza
monument scaffolding
Date of photo: Unknown

La Sagrada Familia
sagrada familia construction
Date of photo: Oct. 23, 2009
Gaudi's famous church has always been under construction... because it's never been completed.

The Colosseum
colosseum restoration
Date of photo: Oct. 9, 2013

Christ the Redeemer Statue
monument scaffolding
Date of photo: March 8, 2010

The United States Supreme Court Building
landmark scaffolding
Date of photo: July 10, 2013

Tiananmen Gate
landmark scaffolding
Date of photo: Sept. 15, 2010



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