Top 10 Skyscrapers in The World

Top 10 Skyscrapers in The World

Towering above the ground, skyscrapers are the most impressive structures in modern cities. Our site presents the Top 10 tallest skyscrapers.

Burj Khalifa, Dubai, United Arab Emirates (829.8 m.)

In the first place in the Top 10 skyscrapers for the seventh year, the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, the tallest skyscraper in the world, has been held. Burj Khalifa, seven hectares of parks and 163 floors, houses more than 30,000 apartments, nine hotels, a shopping center and a superb artificial lake. Burj Khalifa was built at the initiative of the government of the United Arab Emirates to transform the economy from an oil-based commodity to a more modern tourism-based industry.

Burj Khalifa, Dubai
Burj Khalifa, Dubai

Shanghai Tower, Shanghai, China (632 m.)

It took the builders of the Shanghai Tower eight years to build the second tallest building in the world. It was completed in 2015, although it was only opened to the public a year later, all this year the world’s leading designers have been working on the interiors of the Shanghai Tower.

Shanghai Tower, Shanghai, China
Shanghai Tower, Shanghai, China

Abraj Al-Bait, Mecca, Saudi Arabia (601 m)

The honorable third place in the Top 10 skyscrapers is occupied by a complex of buildings called Abraj al-Bait, which is owned by the government of Saudi Arabia, it is of great importance for the culture and society of this Islamic country. Located just a few steps from the most sacred site in Islam, the world’s largest Masjid al-Haram, the complex was built as part of an initiative to modernize the city and expand the hotel room for pilgrims.

Abraj Al-Bait, Mecca, Saudi Arabia
Abraj Al-Bait, Mecca, Saudi Arabia

Ping’an International Financial Center, Shenzhen, China (599 m.)

The tower is not yet completed, but this year the builders promise to hand it over, already now the skyscraper in Shenzhen is the 4th highest in the world and the second in China. The Ping’an International Financial Center was originally expected to be taller than Shanghai Tower in Shanghai and become the tallest building in China, but the architects had to abandon the 60-meter antenna as it interfered with aircraft landing at the local airfield. The building is located in the central business district of Shenzhen. (more…)

Discover Broadway Tower - England

Discover Broadway Tower – England

Broadway Tower England
Broadway Tower England

Broadway Tower is located at Fish Hill in the west of the Cotswolds, in Worcestershire, England, near the Gloucestershire border.

In the very heart of England, in the picturesque, as if descended from the paintings of artists and from the pages of the novels of Jane Austen Cotswolds, with its amazing villages, lavender fields and emerald hills and valleys, lies the village of Broadway. The settlement received such a magnificent name because of its location on the main road leading from Worcestershire to the British capital – hence the name “broad way”, a wide path. Often referred to as the “pearl of the Cotswolds,”.

Broadway Tower England 2
Broadway Tower England

The village of Broadway (England) still boasts unique and well-preserved buildings, which were erected many centuries ago from local gold-colored stone. However, the most famous architectural landmark of the village of Broadway is the Broadway Tower, located on a hill of its own name, which exactly corresponds to the idea of ​​an old English castle.

Broadway Tower England 3
Broadway Tower England

History of Broadway Tower

The building was funded by Lord Coventry. Starting the construction of the Broadway Tower, the lord believed that this building would act as a kind of beacon for the entire neighborhood in case of unforeseen situations. The tower is an architectural whim, a quirk designed by architect James Wyeth. Wyatt was a fairly well-known master of his time, because he came from a dynasty of architects. Among his works are such famous buildings as Beaver Castle and Fonthill Abbey. He worked in two main directions: gothic and classical.

Broadway Tower England 4
Broadway Tower England

Broadway Tower became a Gothic building. Work on it was completed at the very end of the 18th century, in 1797. Structurally, it consists of three round towers, three beveled sides, decorated with numerous gargoyles and balconies. This is one of the finest buildings designed by Wyeth. (more…)

Discover Eiffel Tower - France

Discover Eiffel Tower – France

Eiffel Tower France
Eiffel Tower France

Now no one can imagine Paris, France without the Eiffel Tower, and the majority of Parisians, if they did not love it, then, in any case, managed to come to terms with it. But this was not always the case – after its construction, it caused strong discontent among many townspeople, who found it extremely awkward. Hugo and Maupassant, for example, have repeatedly insisted that the tower should be removed from the streets of Paris.

Initially, the building was planned to be dismantled in 1909, 20 years after its erection – but after an overwhelming commercial success, the Eiffel Tower (France) received an “eternal registration”.

Eiffel Tower Paris France
Eiffel Tower France

Nevertheless, the Eiffel Tower is always admired by most tourists. Even after 120 years, it remains the tallest structure in Paris and the fifth tallest in all of France. Despite its majestic dimensions, its total weight does not exceed 10 thousand tons, it exerts pressure on the ground equal to the pressure of a person sitting on a chair, and if all the metal of the tower is melted into a single block, it will occupy an area of ​​25 by 5 m and will be only 6 cm in height! However, in our time, the construction of a similar structure would require three times less metal at all – technologies do not stand still.

 France will be the only country to have a 300 meter flagpole!

-Gustave Eiffel

The most patriotic Parisian

During the German occupation, Hitler visited Paris (France) and wanted to climb the Eiffel Tower. However, the Fuehrer’s wish did not come true: the elevator broke down on time, and Hitler left with nothing. The Germans, after such an embarrassment for 4 years, tried to fix the ill-fated lift. In vain – the German craftsmen could not understand the mechanism, and the French only shrugged their shoulders – there were no spare parts! However, in 1944, literally a few hours after the liberation of Paris, the elevator miraculously started working and continues to work without interruption to this day.

Eiffel Tower France1
Eiffel Tower France

Eiffel Brown

It is curious that the Eiffel Tower of Paris, France is probably the only building in the world that has its own patented color – eiffel brown, which gives the tower a bronze tint. Before that, she changed several colors – it was yellow, and red-brown, and ocher. Recently, the tower has been repainted every 7 years, and in total this procedure was carried out 19 times. Each painting requires about 60 tons of paint (as well as about 1,500 brushes and 2 hectares of protective netting), so the tower continues to gain weight over time. And not only in weight – due to new antennas, its height is gradually increasing: today it is equal to 324 m, and this is far from the limit. (more…)

Leaning Tower of Pisa - Italy

Leaning Tower of Pisa – Italy

Leaning Tower of Pisa Italy
Leaning Tower of Pisa Italy

One of the most popular architectural landmarks in Italy is the Leaning Tower of Pisa. Its construction with interruptions lasted almost 2 centuries – from 1173 to 1360. Few know that the tower is part of the Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta, or rather, of its bell tower. It attracts tourists thanks to its original and unintended slope. And the Leaning Tower of Pisa is unlikely to be so popular, if it were flat.

Why is the Tower of Pisa tilted?

The place where the Leaning Tower of Pisa stands is dominated by a muddy and clayey soil, which is why it started sloping southwards at the beginning of the construction. The height of the foundation is only three meters, combined with the soft ground – which led to the inclination of the Leaning Tower of Pisa, Italy. In just 10 years, the foundation sank to 30-40 cm.

For 8 centuries, the Leaning Tower of Pisa in Italy deviated from the vertical axis by more than five meters – each year it tilts an additional 1 mm. The difference between the levels of the southern and northern parts of the foundation is more than two meters.

Leaning Tower of Pisa Italy 2
Leaning Tower of Pisa Italy

The construction project was initially wrong, so the version that the slope was designed by the architects is not true. But this error, as you can see, only favored the public.

Leaning Tower of Pisa

Why doesn’t the Leaning Tower of Pisa fall? The fact is that its center of gravity is located above the foundation. This was achieved thanks to the builders who tried to align the bell tower for centuries. Its roll increases and decreases – all due to the displacement of the soil, groundwater and the intervention of the builders.

From 2002 to 2010, the tower was restored, with the result that the angle of inclination in degrees was reduced from 5 ° 30 ‘to 3 ° 54’.

Construction history

The construction of the Tower of Pisa in Italy began on August 9, 1173, a century after the construction of the Cathedral of Pisa. According to some sources, the creator of the project is the architect Bonnano Pisano, but this is not reliable. (more…)