In case you're not familiar with the Turnip, it's a whimsical Google search, wherein I type a random phrase and we see what kind of interesting pages "turn-up." As always with this feature, the _floss is not responsible for accuracy. If you know one of the below statements/links to be untrue, by all means, let the world know in the comments below.
Today I typed in "took" + "years to build" unearthing the following:
The Statue of Liberty took 9 years to build and was finally opened 11 years after it was begun.
The construction of the Panama Canal was begun in 1882 by the French but was not completed until 1914 - 32 years later - by the United States.
Estimates vary as to how long it took to build the Taj Mahal. Some historians state that it took only 14 years to build it, from 1631-1645, but a more realistic figure is probably 22 years, being completed in 1653.
The Golden Gate Bridge was built in five years (1933 to 1937).
The Sistine Chapel was built in just eight years (1475 to 1483) and Michelangelo painted the ceiling in four (1508 to 1512).
The Great Pyramid at Giza, which covers 13 acres at its base, was built over a period of about 120 years (2600 BC to 2480 BC).
It took nearly 30 years to build the opera house on Sidney bay