The 12 Tallest Towers in The World

 Throughout history, humanity has erected towers, some of which are very famous in History. Rising towards the sky, these can fulfill various functions: observatories, religious symbols or even demonstrations of power, they bear witness to the history and geopolitical positions of a territory. We have found traces of these constructions since prehistory, and they are even mentioned in biblical episodes, for example the famous story of the Tower of Babel.

Thanks to ever more efficient technologies in the field of construction, towers are becoming larger and larger. Embark immediately on a journey to discover the 13 tallest towers in the world as well as the largest towers currently under construction.


1. Burj Khalifa (828 m)
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The Burj Khalifa skyscraper honors the city of Dubai, which loves grandeur. At 828 meters high, it is currently the tallest human structure ever built. First called Burj Dubai (Dubai Tower), it was renamed in honor of Emirati President Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan.


The Burj Khalifa is undoubtedly one of the must-sees when visiting Dubai. From its observation platforms and restaurant-bar, this tower offers breathtaking views for miles around. To have a chance of avoiding the crowds, we advise you to book your ticket in advance and to visit in the morning!


2. Tokyo Skytree (634 m)
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Certainly, a good number of towers standing out for their height have been erected in Asia. This is the case of the second in this ranking, which as its name suggests, is located in the Japanese capital. Opened in 2012, this broadcast tower features two observatories that are among the city's most important attractions.

And to prolong the pleasure, it is even possible to taste the specialties of its gourmet restaurant in a celestial atmosphere.


3. Shanghai Tower (632 m)
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This tower is located in the financial district of Shanghai , China's second-largest city. Its design embodies modern engineering techniques. Indeed, its cylindrical shape gives it great aerodynamics, which allows it to assert itself in the face of the powerful winds specific to the region. Built on concrete pillars, the tower resists frequent earthquakes.

To visit the Shanghai Tower, you will climb into one of the fastest elevators in the world: thrills await! And from up there, we are rewarded with a panorama of the city that is impossible to forget.


4. Canton Tower (604 m)
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Located in Guangzhou and the fourth tallest tower in the world, the Canton Tower houses a museum, shopping center and panoramic restaurants. In addition to being a tourist structure, it also has television rooms. Its twisted shape makes it a real marvel, especially when it lights up at dusk.


5. Abraj Al Bait Towers (601 m)
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Made up of seven skyscrapers, the Abraj Al Bait Towers is located in Mecca in Saudi Arabia. Abraj literally means towers , and Al Bait, house . Completed in 2012, their work lasted eight years.

The tallest of its towers, the Makkah Clock Royal Tower, is 601 meters high, making it one of the tallest in the world. This is topped by a clock 40 meters in diameter, visible from miles around.


6. Ping An Finance Center (599 m)
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In the business district of Shenzhen in China, the sixth tallest tower in the world is being built. Housing the offices of the Ping An insurance company, this giant was inaugurated in 2017. Its observation platform is 562 meters high.


7. Lotte World Tower (555 m)
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When it opened in 2017, this Seoul skyscraper , South Korea, was the fifth tallest skyscraper on the planet. Around twenty different glasses cover the surface, for an impressive result in the middle of the Seoul landscape.

There are shops, offices and hotel rooms, and of course an observation platform.


8. One World Trade Center (546.2 m)
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Built in memory of the Twin Towers demolished during the September 11, 2001 attack, this tower is part of the memorial located at the original location of the World Trade Center, in the New York district of Manhattan .


9. CN Tower (553.3 m)
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Let's now make way for the second American building of this top. Over time, the CN Tower has become the emblem of the Canadian city of Toronto . Transparent glass floors, a panoramic restaurant and an observation deck: this is what you will find in this large telecommunications center which is one of the highest towers in the world.


10. CTF Finance Center (530 m)
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In Guangzhou, China, is the CTF Finance Center, the tenth tallest tower in the world. It is notably home to one of the fastest elevators in the world, in which people move at a speed of 20 meters per second. This skyscraper houses a hotel, residences and offices.


11. Taipei 101 (508.2m)
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Dominating the capital of Taiwan, this building has 101 floors, which gave it its name. It includes both a vast office complex and tourist attractions: observatory, chic stores, shopping mall and panoramic restaurants.


12. Lakhta Center (462 m)
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Headquarters of the Gazprom company and Europe's tallest skyscraper, the Lakhta Center is located in Saint Petersburg , Russia. It rises to 462 meters above the Gulf of Finland.

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