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What Are the Tallest Buildings in the World & What to See at Them?

Compare the tallest buildings in the world by years to complete, the year they were completed and cost.

Civilization has increased its building opportunities and sizes over the decades. Developing an overwhelming sense of pride from each new plateau reached with building skyscrapers. Buildings ranging from the Great Pyramids to the Eiffel Tower have all been recognized throughout the world. Each building has attained a certain amount of fame, offering new sightings and opportunities for tourists, giving each its own unique feature.

Check out this great infographic which compares the world’s tallest buildings side by side.

Charting the Tallest Buildings in the World Side by Side (infographic)

Infographic by Maxwell Systems

What to see at the world’s tallest buildings

Great Pyramid of Giza – El Giza, Egypt 2550 B.C.

Older and largest of the three pyramids in Egypt, the Great Pyramid of Giza stands an amazing 455 feet tall. While an undertaker in modern-world structures, it remains a stepping-stone in architectural history, as it was one of the largest structures, if not the sole largest, for centuries.

Designed to house the fourth dynasty Egyptian Pharaoh, Khufu, the pyramid remains a tourism attraction for many. Tourists are able to see the Queen’s chamber, King’s chamber, Grand Gallery and enter through the Modern entrance.

Space Needle – Seattle, WA 1962

Standing 605 feet tall, the Space Needle features a unique structure. A tall, thin rod builds upward where it comes to a spaceship-like top, which attributed to the name. Symbolizing the state and being a world renounced building, the space needle attributes to a large number of tourists.

The main attraction remains the skyrocket restaurant, located at the top. The scenery is unlike any other and gives way to a beautiful aesthetic.

Eiffel Tower – Paris, France 1889

Located in the “city of love” the Eiffel Tower remains an iconic structure, standing 986 feet. The structure gives an ironclad tower an aesthetically beautiful appearance. Traveling here, tourists feel the Eiffel Tower is a must-see and the scenery at the top is unforgettable. Bringing someone they love makes the experience even more unforgettable during the nighttime when thousands of lights shine of the tower.

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Empire State Building – New York, NY 1931

Known as the world’s tallest building until 1973, the Empire State Building is a must-see in New York City. In a world-renowned place, the Empire State Building lies in the midst of the infamous Manhattan borough of NYC. Tourists enjoy the 102-floor hike up the building and can enjoy so many luxuries around the building including restaurants of all types and even Central Park.

Burj Khalifa – Dubai, United Arab Emirates 2010

The world’s tallest building since its construction finished in 2010, the Burj Khalifa stands an outstanding 2,717 feet tall with 163 floors plus 46 maintenance levels and two parking garages. Surrounding the building is a mixed-use development incorporating 30,000 homes, Dubai mall, 9 hotels and a large lake. The Burj Khalifa comes attached with a skyline view and a restaurant for tourists to enjoy. The lower levels attribute to hotel and residential living.

Hitting the Moon

As time progresses, buildings continue to reach for the sky. Buildings such as the Tokyo Tower, Willis Tower, One World Trade Center and Abraj Al Bait Towers are just a few other buildings that have hit incredible heights and speak volumes of the culture in those cities.

Here are the 20 tallest buildings in the world in metres and the number of floors

  1. Burj Khalifa, Dubai, United Arab Emirates (828 m, 163 floors)
  2. Shanghai Tower, Shanghai, China (632 m, 128 floors)
  3. Makkah Royal Clock Tower Hotel, Mecca, Saudi Arabia (601 m, 120 floors)
  4. Ping An Finance Centre, Shenzhen, China (599.1 m, 115 floors)
  5. Lotte World Tower, Seoul, South Korea (555.7 m, 123 floors)
  6. One World Trade Center, New York City, United States (541.3 m, 94 floors)
  7. CTF Finance Centre, Guangzhou, China (530 m, 111 floors)
  8. Taipei 101, Taipei, Taiwan (509.2 m, 101 floors)
  9. International Commerce Centre, Hong Kong (484 m, 118 floors)
  10. Shanghai World Financial Center, Shanghai, China (492 m, 101 floors)
  11. Landmark 81, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam (468 m, 81 floors)
  12. Petronas Towers 1 & 2, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (452 m, 88 floors each)
  13. Princess Tower, Dubai, United Arab Emirates (414 m, 97 floors)
  14. CITIC Tower, Beijing, China (415.1 m, 109 floors)
  15. torre Reforma, Mexico City, Mexico (457.2 m, 66 floors)
  16. Zifeng Tower, Nanjing, China (450 m, 89 floors)
  17. China Zun, Beijing, China (527.7 m, 108 floors)
  18. BFC, Moscow, Russia (439.4 m, 95 floors)
  19. Guangzhou CTF Finance Centre Tower 1, Guangzhou, China (430 m, 111 floors)
  20. Lán Tài Center, Shenzhen, China (429 m, 111 floors)

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