10 Tallest Buildings and Structures in the World
These are the ten tallest buildings and structures in the world. All of these places are magnificent structures and almost all of them are very popular tourist attractions that have observation decks offering beautiful views. Tens of millions of visitors travel to the tallest buildings and structures in the world every year as human beings are fascinated with great heights and fantastic views.
As popular tourist attractions in the cities in which they are located the tallest buildings and structures in the world help to promote businesses in those cities including hotels and restaurants. One of these tallest buildings itself is a hotel and there are hotels located in a number of the other buildings and structures.
1) Burj Khalifa - 2,717 feet
At 2,717 feet in height the magnificent Burj Khalifa is the tallest building or structure in the world. Located in Dubai, United Arab Emirates the Burj Khalifa has an incredible 162 floors and cost an estimated $1.5 billion dollars to build from 2004-2007. The Burj Khalifa is part of a planned complex that will also include 30,000 homes, 19 residential towers and nine hotels plus all kinds of stores and parkland. There is an observation deck open to the public on the 124th floor that is 1,483 feet high.
2) Tokyo Sky Tree - 2,080 feet
The second tallest structure in the world is the 2,080 foot high Tokyo Sky Tree located in Tokyo, Japan. Begun in 2008 the Tokyo Sky Tree is scheduled to be completed in 2011 and was built as both a transmitting and observation tower open to the public.
3) Guangzhou TV and Sightseeing Tower or Canton Tower - 2,001 feet
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Topped out in 2009 the 2,001 foot tall Guangzhou TV and Sightseeing Tower also known as the Canton Tower was begun in 2005 in Guangzhou, China. There is an observation deck and a rooftop carousel on top that takes passengers around a track on the top of the tower in clear passenger cars. Guangzhou Tower was purposely built in a twisted frame fashion with feminine characteristics in mind.
Abraj Al Bait Towers in Saudi Arabia - 1,972 feet
When completed in 2011 the Abraj Al Bait Towers located in Mecca, Saudi Arabia will become the 4th tallest building or structure in the world and also be the tallest hotel and clock tower in the world. The Abraj Al Bait Towers was built to accommodate some of the over 5 million pilgrims who travel to the holy city of Mecca yearly.
4) CN Tower - 1,815 feet
The CN Tower is a landmark structure located in downtown Toronto, Ontario, Canada. When it was completed in 1976 at 1,815 feet in height the CN Tower was the tallest structure in the world and remained so until 2007 when the Burj Khalifa surpassed it. The CN Tower is popular tourist attraction in Toronto located within walking distance of most of the best hotels in the city and has three observation decks open to the public.
5) Ostankino Tower - 1,772 feet
Located in Moscow, Russia the Ostankino Tower is 1,772 feet high and when it was completed in 1967 it was the tallest structure in the world until the CN Tower was built in 1976. The Ostankino Tower is both a telecommunications and observation tower open to the public.
6) Taipei 101 in Taiwan - 1,667 feet
At 1,667 feet in height the Taipei 101 skyscraper in Taiwan is the 2nd tallest building in the world. With its unique design the Taipei 101 building is one of the most recognizable landmarks in the world and was the tallest building in the world from the time it was completed in 2004 until the Burj Khalfia was completed in 2007. The Taipei 101 skyscraper has 101 floors hence the name and has observation decks on the 89th and 91st floors.
7) Shanghai World Financial Center in China - 1,614 feet
Though just the 7th tallest building or structure in the world the Shanghai World Financial Center has the world's highest observation deck at 1,555 feet in height and contains the world's tallest hotel as the Park Hyatt Shanghai occupies 79 to 93 in the 101 story building. Located in Pudong, Shanghai, China the Shanghai Financial Center was built from 1997-2008 and took that long as the Asian Financial Crisis delayed construction in the late 1990's.
8) International Commerce Centre in Hong Kong - 1,588 feet
Completed in 2010 the International Commerce Centre is the tallest building in Hong Kong and 4th tallest building in the world. The mixed use 118 story International Commerce Centre skyscraper contains a Ritz-Carlton Hotel on the top 15 floors as well as retail and office tenants. Though not yet open when it does open the Ritz-Carlton will be the tallest hotel in the world until the Abraj Al Bait Towers is completed in Saudi Arabia in 2011.
9) Oriental Pearl Tower in China - 1,535 feet
Located in Shanghai, China the Oriental Pearl Tower has 15 observation levels and a 20 story hotel called the Space Hotel and is a very popular tourist attraction that is visited by over 3 million people per year.
10) Petronas Towers in Kuala Lampur - 1,483 feet
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The Petronas Towers are a twin set of impressive looking skyscraper towers located in Kuala Lampur, Malaysai. Completed in 1998 the Petronas Towers held the title of tallest buildings in the world until Taipei 101 was completed in 2004. Between the 41st and 42nd floors of the 88 story towers is a two-story skybridge that is open to the public.