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125 Famous Towers of the World

The following is Touriosity’s compilation of the 125 most important towers of the world. The list comes with the name of the tower, height, year of construction, location and the claim to fame of each tower.

1. Eiffel Tower (Height: 324 m; Year: 1889; Place: Paris, France; Famous for: First to surpass 300 meters, tallest tower in the world 1889-1958)

2. CN Tower (Height: 553.33 m; Year: 1976; Place: Toronto, Canada; Famous for: Tallest structure in the world 2009-11)

3. The Seattle Space Needle (Height: 142 m; Year: 1962; Place: Seattle, United States; Famous for: Observation Tower, can withstand earthquakes of upto 9.0 magnitude)

4. Empire State Building (Height: 443.2 m; Year: 1931; Place: Man­hattan, New York, United States; Famous for: World’s Tallest Building for 40 years)

5. One World Trade Center (Height: 541 m; Year: 2013; Place: Manhattan, New York, United States; Famous for: Tallest building in the United States)

6. Stratosphere Las Vegas (Height: 350.2 m; Year: 1996; Place: Las Vegas, United States; Famous for: Tallest observation tower in the United States)

7. Willis Tower (Sears Tower) (Height: 442.1 m; Year: 1973; Place: Chicago, USA; Famous for: Tallest building in the world for 25 years)

8. Berliner Fernsehturm (Height: 368 m; Year: 1969; Place: Berlin, Germany; Famous for: Tallest structure in Germany)

9. Burj Khalifa (Height: 829.8 m; Year: 2010; Place: Dubai, United Arab Emirates; Famous for: Tallest structure and building in the world currently)

10. Petronas Towers (Height: 451.9 m; Year: 1996; Place: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; Famous for: Tallest twin towers in the world)

11. The Shard (Height: 309.7 m; Year: 2012; Place: London, United Kingdom; Tallest building in the United Kingdom)

12. Tokyo Skytree (Height: 634 m; Year: 2012; Place: Tokyo, Japan; Famous for: Became tallest tower in 2011, second tallest free standing structure in the world)

13. Ostankino Tower (Height: 540.1 m; Year: 1967; Place: Moscow, Russia; Famous for: Tallest freestanding structure in the world 1975-2007, tallest in the western hemisphere)

14. John Hancock Center (Height: 240 m; Year: 1976; Place: Boston, United States; Famous for: Recipient of National Honor Award, tallest building in Boston)

15. Canton Tower (Height: 604 m; Year: 2010; Place: Guangzhou, China; Famous for: Tallest in the world 2009-11)

16. US Bank Tower (Height: 310.3 m; Year: 1989; Place: Los Angeles, USA; Famous for: Library Tower, First Interstate Bank World Center)

17. Rockefeller Plaza (Height: 260 m; Year: 1940; Place: New York, United States; Famous for: Top of the Rock Observation Deck)

18. Skylon Tower (Height: 160 m; Year: 1965; Place: Ontario, Canada; Famous for: Observation Center overlooking the Niagara Falls, American Falls, Horseshoe Falls)

19. Oriental Pearl Tower (Height: 468 m; Year: 1994; Place: Shanghai, China; Famous for: Tallest in China 1994-2007, among the ugliest tow­ers in the world)

20. Gateway Arch (Height: 192 m; Year: 1965; Place: Missouri, United States; Famous for: World’s tallest arch)

21. Eureka Tower (Height: 297.3 m; Year: 2006; Place: Melbourne, Australia; Famous for: It is one of the tallest residential towers in the world)

22. Sydney Tower (Height: 305 m; Year: 1981; Place: Sydney, Aus­tralia; Famous for: Sydney’s tallest structure and the second tallest observation tower in the Southern Hemisphere)

23. Europaturm (Height: 337.5 m; Year: 1979; Place: Frankfurt, Germany; Famous for: The top of the tower can turn and provides a panoramic view of the Rhine Main Area)

24. Renaissance Center (Height: 230 m; Year: 1976; Place: Detroit, United States; Famous for: Group of seven interconnected skyscrap­ers, the central tower is the third tallest all-hotel skyscraper in the Western Hemisphere)

25. Calgary Tower (Height: 191 m; Year: 1967; Place: Calgary, Canada; Famous for: This tower was a founding member of the World Federation of Great Towers)

26. Trump Tower (Height: 202 m; Year: 1983; Place: New York City, United States; Famous for: Headquarters for The Trump Or­ganization, also known as one of the ugliest towers in the world)

27. Busan Tower (Height: 120 m; Year: 1973; Place: Busan, South Korea; Famous for: Used only for entertainment purposes, it is said to be a good place to get a view of the city’s port)

28. Shanghai World Financial Center (Height: 492 m; Year: 2008; Place: Pudong, Shanghai; Famous for: Was named by the architects as the best skyscraper completed in 2008, receiving both the Best Tall Building Overall and Asia & Australasia awards from the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat)

29. Sky 100 (Height: 393 m; Year: 2011; Place: Hong Kong, China; Famous for: 360 degree indoor observation deck on the 100th floor of the International Commerce Centre)

30. Kuala Lumpur Tower (Height: 421 m; Year: 1994; Place: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; Famous for: Tallest in South East Asia)

31. Taipei 101 (Height: 509.2 m; Year: 2004; Place: Taipei, Taiwan; Famous for: The first building in the world to break the half-kilometer mark in height, the world’s largest and highest-use green building)

32. Tower of the Americas (Height: 228.6 m; Year: 1968; Place: San Antonio, Texas, United States; Famous for: Observation tower restaurant, was built as the theme structure of the 1968 World’s Fair, HemisFair ’68)

33. Milad Tower (Height: 435 m; Year: 2007; Place: Tehran, Iran; Fa­mous for: Tallest in the Middle East)

34. Q1 (Queensland Number One) (Height: 322.5 m; Year: 2005; Place: Queensland, Australia; Famous for: The landmark building was recognized as one of Queensland’s icons during the state’s 150th birth­day celebrations)

35. Bank of America Plaza (Height: 365.8 m; Year: 2009; Place: New York, United States; Famous for: One of the most efficient and ecologi­cally friendly buildings in the world)

36. Tokyo Tower (Height: 332.6 m; Year: 1958; Place: Tokyo, Japan; Famous for: Tallest tower from 1958-67)

37. 63 Square (Height: 274 m; Year: 1985; Place: Seoul, South Korea; Famous for: Tallest gold clad structure in the world)

38. Tianjin Radio and Television Tower (Height: 415.2 m; Year: 1991; Place: Tianjin, China; Famous for: Tallest in Asia 1991-1994, Tallest in North China)

39. Istanbul Sapphire (Height: 261 m; Year: 2010; Place: Istanbul, Turkey; Famous for: Has the deepest foundation pit excavated for any structure in Turkey)

40. Collserola Tower (Height: 288 m; Year: 1992; Place: Barcelona, Spain; Famous for: The highest point of this tower is actually the highest place you could be in the city of Barcelona)

41. West Pearl Tower (Height: 339 m; Year: 2004; Place: Chengdu, China; Famous for: Revolving restaurant with a 360 degree view of the city)

42. Blackpool Tower (Height: 158 m; Year: 1894; Place: Blackpool, Unit­ed Kingdom; Famous for: Aquarium and cafeteria, tower circus, tower ballroom and roof gardens)

43. Olympiaturm (Height: 289.5 m; Year: 1968; Place: Munich, Ger­many; Famous for: Rock Museum)45. Donauturm (Height: 252 m; Year: 1964; Place: Vienna, Austria; Famous for: The tallest structure in Austria)

44. Jin Mao Tower (Height: 382 m; Year: 1999; Place: Shanghai, China; Famous for: It contains the Grand Hyatt Shanghai Hotel, which at the time of completion was the highest hotel in the world)

45. Donauturm (Height: 252 m; Year: 1964; Place: Vienna, Austria; Famous for: The tallest structure in Austria)

46. Gerbrandy Tower (Height: 366.8 m; Year: 1961; Place: Ijsselstein, Netherlands; Famous for: Tallest structure in European Union from 1961-1973)

47. Emley Moor (Height: 330.4 m; Year: 1971; Place: Kirklees, United Kingdom; Famous for: Tallest freestanding structure in the United Kingdom)

48. Prudential Tower (Height: 276 m; Year: 1964; Place: Boston, United States; Famous for: 50th floor observation deck, the Skywalk Observatory, is currently the highest observation deck in New England open to the public)

49. Yokohama Marine Tower (Height: 106 m; Year: 1961; Place: Yokohama, Japan; Famous for: The light characteristic is marked by a flash every twenty seconds, whereby the light’s colour is alternating red and green)

50. Sky Tower Wroclaw (Height: 212 m; Year: 2012; Place: Wroclaw, Poland; Famous for: Sky Tower is the tallest building in Poland in the category of height to roof and category of highest floor, a publicly ac­cessible viewpoint is located on the 49th floor)

51. JP Morgan Chase Tower (Height: 305.4 m; Year: 1982; Place: Texas, USA; Famous for: The tallest five sided building in the world)

52. Gran Torre Santiago (Height: 300 m; Year: 2013; Place: San­tiago, Chile; Famous for: The tallest building in Latin America)

53. Westin Peachtree Plaza Hotel (Height: 220.37 m; Year: 1976; Place: Atlanta, Georgia, United States; Famous for: One of the tallest all-hotel building in the world)

54. Federation Tower (Height: 450 m; Year: 2017; Place: Moscow, Russia; Famous for: Accommodates the tallest restaurant in Moscow, ‘Sixty’, run by Ginza Project)

55. Olympic Stadium (Height: 175.3 m; Year: 1987; Place: Mon­treal, Canada; Famous for: Highest inclined tower in the world, with 45-degree angle)

56. Sky Tower (Height: 328 m; Year: 1997; Place: Auckland, New Zealand; Famous for: Tallest freestanding structure in Southern Hemisphere)

57. Reunion Tower (Height: 170.7 m; Year: 1978; Place: Dallas, United States; Famous for: The tower is located near the site of the assassination of John F Kennedy)

58. China Olympic Park Observation Tower (Height: 258 m; Year: 2014; Place: Beijing, China; Famous for: Its design is meant to echo the Olympic rings. The overall design was inspired by blades of grass; however it has also been likened to “huge nails”)

59. Dragon Tower (Height: 336 m; Year: 2000; Place: Heilongjiang, China; Famous for: Second tallest freestanding lattice tower in the world and Asia, and the tallest in China)

60. Terminal Tower (Height: 235 m; Year: 1930; Place: Ohio, UnitedStates; Famous for: It was the second tallest building in the world when it was com­pleted)

61. Macau Tower (Height: 338 m; Year: 2001; Place: Macau, China; Famous for: Adventure sports – a thrilling walking tour around the outer rim, bunjee jump, skyjump)

62. Main Tower (Height: 240 m; Year: 2000; Place: Frankfurt, Germany; Famous for: It is the only skyscraper in Frankfurt with a public viewing observatory)

63. Colonius (Height: 266 m; Year: 1981; Place: Cologne, Germany; Famous for: Cafeteria, viewing platform, and a restaurant)

64. Bitexco Financial Tower (Height: 262.5 m; Year: 2010; Place: Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam; Famous for: Shape of the skyscraper is inspired from Vietnam’s national flower, the Lotus)

65. Tuntex Sky Tower (Height: 347.5 m; Year: 1997; Place: Kaohsiung, Taiwan; Famous for: An Atrium that extends from Level 45’s Shimmer Ballroom to 83, one of the highest continuous atrium in the world)

66. Rheinturm (Height: 240.5 m; Year: 1981; Place: Dusseldorf, Germany; Famous for: Revolving restaurant, observation deck, tallest building in Dus­seldorf, the light sculpture on the Rheinturm is the largest digital clock in the world)

67. Carew Tower (Height: 175 m; Year: 1930; Place: Cincinnati, Ohio; Famous for: The tower was added to the register of National Historic Landmarks)

68. Donauturm Wien (Height: 252 m; Year: 1964; Place: Vienna, Austria; Famous for: Tallest tower in Austria)

69. N. Seoul Tower (Height: 236 m; Year: 1971; Place: Seoul, South Korea; Famous for: Marks the second highest point in Seoul)

70. Fernsehturm Stuttgart (Height: 216.61 m; Year: 1956; Place: Stuttgart, Germany; Famous for: First telecommunications tower in the world construed from reinforced concrete, and it is the prototype for many such towers worldwide)

71. Avala Tower (Height: 204.5 m; Year: 1965; Place: Avala, Serbia; Famous for: Destroyed in NATO bombing on April 29, 1999; reconstruction completed October 2009; tallest in the Balkans)

72. Alor Setar Tower (Height: 165.5 m; Year: 1997; Place: Alor Setar, Malaysia; Famous for: Telecommunication tower, tourist destination, restaurants, souvenir shop. The tower is an observatory tower to look for the crescent moon to mark the beginning of Muslim months)

73. Monas (Height: 137 m; Year: 1975; Place: Jakarta, Indonesia; Famous for: National Monument of Indonesia built to commemorate the struggle for Indonesian independence)

74. Kuwait Towers (Height: 187 m; Year: 1979; Place: Kuwiat City, Kuwait; Famous for: Recipient of Aga Khan Award for Architecture)

75. Minaret and Archaelogical Remains of Jam (Height: 65 m; Year: 1190; Place: Shahrak District, Ghor Province, Afghanistan; Famous for: Since 2002, the minaret has remained on the list of World Heritage in Danger, under serious threat of erosion, and has not been actively preserved)

76. Galata Tower (Height: 66.9 m; Year: 1348; Place: Istanbul, Turkey; Famous for: There is a restaurant and café on its upper floors which have views of Istanbul and the Bosphorus. Also located on the upper floors is a night club which hosts a Turkish show.

77. Two Towers of Bologna (Height: 97.2 m; Year: 1119; Place: Bologna, Italy; Famous for: Leaning style, known as the symbol of Italy)

78. Qutb Minar and its Monuments, New Delhi (Height: 73 m; Year: 1220; Place: New Delhi; Famous for: Architecture, movie and television series shoots)

79. Chrysler Building (Height: 318.9 m; Year: 1930; Place: Manhat­tan, NY; Famous for: Tallest brick building in the world with a steel framework)

80. Leaning Tower of Pisa, Pisa (Height: 55.86 m; Year: 1372; Place: Pisa, Italy; Famous for: Its unitended tilt)

81. Statue of Liberty (Height: 93 m; Year: 1886; Place: New York City, United States; Famous for: It is a gift to the US from France to celebrate the friendship the two endured during the American Revolution)

82. Tashkent Tower (Height: 374.9 m; Year: 1985; Place: Tash­kent, Uzbekistan; Famous for: Tallest in Central Asia)

83. Spinnaker Tower (Height: 170 m; Year: 2005; Place: Ports­mouth, United Kingdom; Famous for: Landmark observation tower in Portsmouth)

84. Washington Monument (Height: 169.3 m; Year: 1884; Place: Washing­ton DC, United States; Famous for: Observation level at 152 m)

85. Liberation Tower (Height: 372 m; Year: 1996; Place: Kuwait City, Kuwait; Famous for: The second tallest structure in the country)

86. San Jacinto Monument (Height: 172.92 m; Year: 1939; Place: La Porte, Texas, United States; Famous for: World’s tallest monumental column)

87. Zizkov Television Tower (Height: 216 m; Year: 1992; Place: Prague, Czech Republic; Famous for: Rocket and gantry appearance, known as the second ugliest building in the world)

88. Euromast (Height: 186 m; Year: 1962; Place: Rotterdam, Netherlands; Fa­mous for: “Crow nest” observation platform, member of the World Federation of Great Towers, the tower hosted an extreme sports event which featured BASE jumping)

89. Pharos Lighthouse (Height: 122 m; Year: 280 BC; Place: Alexandria, Egypt; Famous for: One of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, World’s Tallest tower from 280 BC to 1180 AD)

90. Malmesbury Abbey Tower (Height: 131.3 m; Year: 1180; Place: Malmes­bury, United Kingdom; Famous for: World’s Tallest Tower from 1180 to 1240, one of the oldest churches)

91. Tower of Old St Paul’s Cathedral (Height: 150 m; Year: 1240; Place: London, United Kingdom; Famous for: World’s Tallest Tower from 1240 to 1311)

92. Tower of Lincoln Cathedral (Height: 159.7 m; Year: 1311; Place: Lincoln, UK; Famous for: World’s Tallest Tower from 1311 to 1549)

93. Tower of St Mary’s Church (Height: 151 m; Year: 1549; Place: Stralsund, Germany; Famous for: World’s Tallest Tower from 1549 to 1647)

94. Tower of Strasbourg Cathedral (Height: 142 m; Year: 1647; Place: Strasbourg, France; Famous for: World’s Tallest Tower from 1647 to 1874)

95. St. Nikolai Memorial (Height: 147.3 m; Year: 1195; Place: Ham­burg, Germany; Famous for: Church ruin, World’s Tallest tower from 1874 to 1876)

96. Tower of Rouen Cathedral (Height: 151 m; Year: 1030; Place: Rouen, France; Famous for: World’s Tallest Tower from 1876 to 1880)

97. Tower of Cologne Cathedral (Height: 157.38 m; Year: 1880; Place: Cologne, Germany; Famous for: World’s Tallest Tower from 1880 to 1889)

98. Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial (Height: 107 m; Year: 1915; Place: Ohio, United States; Famous for: World’s most massive Doric column; fourth-tallest memorial in the US)

99. KLIA2 Control Tower (Height: 133.8 m; Year: 2013; Place: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; Famous for: Tallest air-traffic control tower in the world)

100. Funkturm Berlin (Height: 150 m; Year: 1926; Place: Berlin, Germany; Famous for: Only observation tower standing on insulators)

101. Ulm Munster (Height: 161.5 m; Year: 1377-1890; Place: Ulm, Ger­many; Famous for: Tallest church tower in the world)

102. Hillbrow Tower (Height: 269 m; Year: 1969; Place: Johannesburg, South Africa; Famous for: Tallest in Africa)

103. Lotus Tower (Height: 350 m; Year: 2018; Place: Colombo, Sri Lanka; Famous for: Tallest structure in South Asia)

104. Burj Al Arab, Dubai – Boat hotel (Height: 321 m; Year: 1999; Place: Dubai, United Arab Emirates; Famous for: One of the top five tallest hotels in the world, the shape of the structure is designed to resemble the sail of a ship)

105. Torre Agbar, Barcelona (Height: 144.44 m; Year: 2004; Place: Barcelona, Spain; Famous for: Unique shape like that of a bullet, also known as one of the ugliest tall buildings in the world; recipient of green building award from the Euro­pean Council for its energy efficiency and low carbon dioxide emissions)

106. Montparnasse Tower (Height: 210 m; Year: 1973; Place: Paris, France; Famous for: Known as the ugliest building in the world)

107. Warsaw’s Palace of Culture and Science (Height: 237 m; Year: 1955; Place: Warsaw, Poland; Famous for: Musical Concerts, known among the ugliest buildings in the world)

108. Sagrada Familia Towers (Height: 170 m when completed; Year: Work in progress since 1882; Place: Barcelona, Spain Famous for: UNESCO WHS – Unique building with unique structure of towers. Will be the tallest cathedral towers in Europe when complete)

109. Sakyamuni Pagoda of Fogong Temple (Yingxian Wooden Tower) (Height: 67.31 m; Year: 1056; Place: Shanxi, China; Famous for: It is the tallest among the ancient still existing wooden Pagodas in China)

110. Tianning Pagoda (Height: 153.79 m; Year: 2007; Place: Changzhou, China; Famous for: This wooden pagoda is the tallest pagoda in the world)

111. Hwangryongsa Temple (Height: 80 m; Year: 660; Place: Gyeongju, South Korea; Famous for: This was tallest structure in East Asia and tallest wooden structure in the world during that time – destroyed in 1238 AD by the Mongols)

112. Tiger Sky Tower (Height: 110 m; Year: 2004; Place: Sentosa Island, Sin­gapore; Famous for: Tallest free standing observation tower in Asia)

113. British Airways i360 (Height: 161 m; Year: 2016; Place: Brighton, United buildings

Kingdom; Famous for: Thinnest tall tower in the world)

114. Tortoise Mountain TV Tower (Height: 311.4 m; Year: 1986; Place: Wuhan, China; Famous for: China’s first self-supported TV tower)

115. Abraj AL-Bait Clock Tower (Height: 601 m; Year: 2012; Place: Mecca, Saudi Arabia; Famous for: World’s largest clock face)

116. Jeddah Light House (Height: 133 m; Year: 1990; Place: Jeddah, Saudi Arabia; Famous for: Has a credible claim to be the world’s tallest light tower)

117. Palacio Barolo (Height:100 m; Year: 1923; Place: Buenos Aires, Ar­gentina; Famous for: The lighthouse at the top of the building can be seen all the way in Montevideo, Uruguay)

118. Ile Vierge Lighthouse (Height: 82.5 m; Year: 1902; Place: Finistere, France; Famous for: Tallest traditional lighthouse)

119. Lighthouse of Genoa (Height: 77 m; Year: 1543; Place: Genoa, Italy; Famous for: Tallest in the Mediterranean)

120. Swinoujscie Lighthouse (Height: 65 m; Year: 1857; Place: Swinou­jscie, Poland; Famous for: Tallest brick lighthouse, tallest in Poland)

121. Central Radio & TV Tower (Height: 405 m; Year: 1992; Place: Beijing, China; Famous for: Tallest structure in Beijing)

122. Windmill Viewpoint, Phuket (Place: Phuket, Thailand; Fa­mous for: Spot passing sea traffic, ranging from long-tail boats with their long converted truck motors, to fishing boats heading out in the Andaman, to oil tankers and even mega-sized cruise ships com­ing from and heading back to Singapore)

123. Montefiore Windmill Tower (Place: Yemin Moshe, Jerusa­lem, Israel; Year: 1850s; Famous for: Acts as a museum at the entry point to this quaint neighborhood)

124. Windmill Tower & Tulips (Place: Akebonoyama, Japan; Fa­mous for: This machine in Akebonoyama decorated with tulips field is a real attraction for the tourists to spend a great time relaxing)

125. Salt Flats and Windmill Tower (Place: Mozia, Sicily, Italy; Famous for: This was a pumping mill for salt works, but now it is a salt museum)

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