The Eiffel Tower and the 24 Other Tallest Structures in the World from The Eiffel Tower and the 24 Other Tallest Structures in the World
The Eiffel Tower and the 24 Other Tallest Structures in the World
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The Eiffel Tower and the 24 Other Tallest Structures in the World
Most of the tallest buildings in the world are in Asia. Many countries there are building upward. China, more specifically, makes a big showing, with the skylines of Shanghai in particular boasting some incredible structure.
Burj Khalifa, Dubai, UAE - 2,717 feet
The megatall skyscraper has been the tallest structure in the world since its topping out in late 2008. Visitors also say Level 43 Rooftop Lounge is “a great spot to be dazzled with the best view of Dubai,” and it’s a great place to watch the sunset. The skyscraper is an awesome BASE jumping location, too.
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Shanghai Tower, Shanghai, China - 2,073 feet
There are 127 floors above ground and 5 podium floors. Visitors can take the express elevator to the sightseeing deck on the 119th floor directly; the ride only takes 55 seconds. The exterior spirals upward like a snake. It twists about one degree per floor to offset the wind effect on higher altitude, according to Travel China Guide.
Canton Tower, Guangzhou, China - 1,982 feet
This is the highest tower in all of China. The unique design was inspired by the bones of the female hip joint. The “slim waist” in the middle of the tower is made to resemble a fair lady twisting her waist while looking behind, according to Travel China Guide. At the thinnest part, the diameter is about 32 yards.
Abraj Al-Bait Clock Tower, Mecca, Saudi Arabia - 1,972 feet
It’s commonly known as Mekkah Royal Clock Hotel Tower, which refers to the clock tower in the middle of the complex. The tower is situated at a place that only 165 feet away from Islam's holiest site Kaaba, which surrounded by the Masjid al-Ḥarām (the Grand Mosque), the largest mosque in the world.
Ping An Finance Centre, Shenzhen, China - 1,966 feet
This is the world’s tallest office building. Ping An Finance Center is located in the city’s Futian District and represents a new generation of the prototypical Asian skyscraper: very tall, very dense, and hyper-connected, according to Skyscraper Center.
Lotte World Tower, Seoul, South Korea - 1,819 feet
Lotte World Tower & Mall offers – in addition to the usual stores, cafes, and restaurants – a concert hall. The building has an observation deck, a skywalk, and a luxury hotel. There is also and officetel. They are common in South Korean real estate, and offer studio-apartment-style accommodations for people who work in the building.
One World Trade Center, New York City - 1,776 feet
One World Trade Center was built on the northwest corner of the site where the former World Trade Center towers stood before they were destroyed in the 9/11 attacks. The One World Observatory opened in 2015. The building was intentionally created to stand at 1,776 feet to commemorate the year of U.S. independence, and it officially passed up the Willis Tower as the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere.
Ostankino Tower, Moscow, Russia - 1,772 feet
This is the tallest freestanding structure in Europe. You can enjoy the view of Moscow from its two observation decks: the glassed deck (1,105 feet); and the open observation deck (1,115 feet). You can only access the open observation deck from April to October and during favorable weather conditions, according to Bridge to Moscow.
Guangzhou CTF Finance Centre, Guangzhou, China - 1,739 feet
It’s located across from Guangzhou International Finance Center and Canton Tower. The structure’s form is sculpted at four major transition points: office to residential, residential to hotel, hotel to crown, and crown to sky, according to CTBUH.
Willis Tower, Chicago, Illinois - 1,729 feet
Visit the Skydeck on the 103rd floor of the Willis Tower for the best views of Chicago’s skyline. Walk out on to the ledge and enter into a glass balcony at 1,353 feet off the ground that will allow you to capture views of Navy Pier and Wrigley Field. Also make sure you explore their interactive family-friendly exhibits.
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Shanghai World Financial Center, Shanghai, China – 1,614 feet
It was completed in 2008. It’s one of the many icons in Shanghai’s skyline, and also one of the best places to view the city. It offers three floors of scenic views. Look out over the Huangpu River and take tons of pictures of Shanghai’s skyline.
International Commerce Centre, Hong Kong - 1,588 feet
It’s the tallest building in Hong Kong with 108 stories. The building houses some of the most prominent financial institutions in the world. Get 360-degree views of the Victoria Harbor from the 100th floor of the sky100 Hong Kong Observation Deck.
Petronas Towers, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia - 1,483 feet
In the 88-story, 1,483-foot twin-tower structure, you can take an elevator up to the Skybridge, a connecting structure between the towers and the world’s highest two-story bridge, then ascend another elevator in the second tower to the 86th level, where you can take in picturesque views of Kuala Lumpur.
Zifeng Tower, Nanjing, China - 1,476 feet
The Tower won an award for design. Unlike many skyscrapers that look similar on every side, this one is quite different from every angle. It merges with and accentuates the beauty of the ancient and modern architecture all around it, according to China Highlights. It also changes appearance according to the lighting and time of day.
Taipei 101, Taipei - 1,474 feet
TAIPEI 101 hosted an inauguration ceremony on Dec. 31, 2004 to celebrate the start of a new era. The 101 stories above ground and 5 stories below, the building is an engineering feat that’s expected to bring Taipei to the world. TAIPEI 101 is the largest engineering project ever in the history of the Taiwan construction business.
KK100, Shenzhen, China - 1,449 feet
The KK100 is a mixed-use tower that was designed to be a hub for transit, to provide amenities to the area, and to provide an occupant density that would help to reduce urban sprawl and reliance on transportation. The site formerly held a residential quarter with poor living conditions.
Milad Tower, Iran – 1,427 feet
The head consists of a large pod with 12 floors. The tower is a part of a complex called International Trade and Convention Center of Tehran. The complex also includes a five-star hotel, a convention center, a world trade center, and an IT park, according to ArchiTravel.
Power Station Ekibastuz, Kazakhstan – 1,377 feet
This is the world's tallest flue gas stack. The reinforced concrete chimney is about 125 feet taller than the Inco Superstack in Canada. Locals call it "the Cigarette Lighter". It is the tallest chimney ever built.
Empire State Building, New York City - 1,250 feet
The Empire State building is home to one of the world’s most incredible observation points. Ride the elevator up to the main deck on the 86th floor for spectacular views, or if you’re up for it, keep going to the 102nd floor and view the city from one of its highest points.
Gerbrandy Tower, the Netherlands – 1,203 feet
It is used for directional radio services and for FM and TV broadcasting. It is named after Peter Gerbrandy, who was the prime minister of the Netherlands during World War Two.
Eiffel Tower, Paris, France – 1,063 feet
Nowadays, the iconic landmark in Paris makes the lists of “tallest” buildings because if its historic significance. It hasn’t been among the tallest for year; this is more of an honorary mention. The Eiffel Tower was about double the height of the world's previous tallest structure—the 555-foot Washington Monument—when it opened in 1889.