The Masjid Al-Haram mosque in Mecca has topped the list of top ten most expensive buildings in the world having cost an exorbitant £75 billion ($100 billion) to build.
The religious building at the heart of Saudi Arabia’s pilgrimage site covers 356,800sqm. It is the largest mosque in the world and includes vast outdoor and indoor spaces for prayer.
The impressive mosque aside, the top ten most expensive buildings in the world list is dominated by uber-luxe holiday resorts and casinos in America, the Middle East and South-East Asia.
The list is made up of two separate buildings in Las Vegas, one in New York, two in Saudi Arabia, one in the UAE, two in China and the remaining two in Singapore.
The building which replaced the World Trade Center twin towers in New York features at number six having cost £2.8 billion ($3.6 billion) – One World Trade Center is a towering 1,776ft – the tallest building in the western hemisphere.
The only UK property to scrape the ‘twenty most expensive buildings’ is Wembley Stadium in London which boasts 2,618 toilets – more than any other venue in the world.
The one other European building to make the top twenty is the Seat of the European Central Bank building in Frankfurt, Germany which is made up of two towers conjoined by an atrium.