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Europe's 20 tallest buildings

Last updated on: July 13, 2012 12:16 IST

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The Shard in London became the tallest building in Europe. Take a look at 20 tallest buildings in Europe, according to Emporis...

1. The Shard, London  
Height: 310 metres
Year: 2012 

Designed by Renzo Piano,The Shard has 72 habitable floors, with a viewing gallery and open-air observation deck – the UK's highest – on the 72nd floor, at a height of 245 metres (804 ft).

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Image: The Shard.
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Capital City Moscow Tower, Moscow 
Height: 302 metres
Year: 2010 

It is a multifunctional complex, including twin tower skyscrapers, in the International Business Center Moscow City in Moscow.

The City of Capitals, symbolising Moscow and St. Petersburg was completed in 2009. 

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Image: Capital City Moscow Tower.
Photographs: Bradmoscu/Wikimedia Commons.

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3. Naberezhnaya Tower C, Moscow
Height: 268 metres
Year: 2007

Naberezhnaya Tower is an office complex consisting of 3 individual office buildings connected to each other via a common basement.

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Image: Naberezhnaya Tower C.
Photographs: Lubir/Wikimedia Commons.
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4.Triumph-Palace, Moscow

Height: 264 metres
Year: 2005

Triumph-Palace is a 57-storey building, with about 1,000 luxury apartments.

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Image: Triumph-Palace.
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5. Commerzbank Tower, Frankfurt
Height: 259 metres 
Year: 1997 

Commerzbank Tower is the second-tallest skyscraper in the European Union.  With a height of 259 metres (850 ft), 86 stories, it provides 1,300,000 sq ft of office space for the Commerzbank headquarters.

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Image: Commerzbank Tower.
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6. St. Petersburg Tower, Moscow 
Height: 257 metres
Year: 2010 

The Сity of Capitals consists of two towers - the 76-level Moscow Tower and the 65-level St. Petersburg Tower.  The tower has offices, shops, a fitness centre, presentation halls, and restaurants. 

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Image: St. Petersburg Tower.
Photographs: BpbAlonka/Wikimedia Commons.

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7. MesseTurm, Frankfurt
Height: 256 metres
Year: 1990 

MesseTurm means 'Trade fair Tower' in German. The Messeturm's ground floor area is 18,090 sq ft.  Designed by Helmut Jahn, Messeturm is directly located near the Frankfurt Trade Fair grounds. 

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Image: MesseTurm, Frankfurt.
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8. Torre de Cristal, Madrid  
Height: 250 metres
Year: 2008 

The Torre de Cristal (Tower of Glass) is a skyscraper in the Cuatro Torres Business Area in Madrid, Spain, completed in 2008.

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Image: Torre de Cristal.
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9. Torre Caja, Madrid  
Height: 250 metres
Year: 2008 

The Torre Caja Madrid is located in the Cuatro Torres Business Area in Madrid, Spain. Designed by Lord Foster, it is the tallest of the four buildings in the Cuatro Torres Business Area complex. 

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Image: Torre Caja, Madrid.
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10. Zapad Federation, Moscow  
Height: 242 metres
Year: 2008 

The Federation Tower is a complex of skyscrapers being built in Moscow. The complex has two towers built on one podium - Tower East with 93-storeys and Tower West with 62-storeys.

Alain Robert climbed this tower in September 2007.

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Image: French extreme climber Alain Robert climbs the tower in Moscow as the Russian state flag is seen on the left.
Photographs: Alexander Natruskin/Reuters.

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11. Heron Tower, London  
Height: 242 metre
Year: 2011 

The Heron Tower is a skyscraper owned by Heron International in London, United Kingdom. Designed by architects Kohn Pedersen Fox, it was completed in 2011 and is the tallest building in London.

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Image: Heron Tower.
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12. Moscow State University, Moscow
Height: 240 metres
Year: 1953

Lomonosov Moscow State University is the oldest and largest university in Russia.  Founded in 1755, the university claims to have the tallest educational building in the world.

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Image: Moscow State University.
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13. Imperia Tower, Moscow  
Height: 239 metres
Year: 2011 

Imperia Tower in Moscow is a 60-floor building complex that includes offices, a business center, a hotel and private apartments.

Designed by NBBJ, the tower has an exit to the water and access to the city's main transportation routes.

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Image: Imperia Tower.
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14. Torre Sacyr Vallehermoso, Madrid
Height: 236 metres 
Year: 2008

The Torre PwC is a 52-floor, 774 feet tall skyscraper completed in 2008. It has been designed by Carlos Rubio Carvajal and Enrique Alvarez-Sala Walter.

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Image: Torre Sacyr Vallehermoso.
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15. One Canada Square, London
Height: 235 metres
Year: 1991

One Canada Square is a skyscraper in Canary Wharf, London. It was the tallest building in the United Kingdom from 1991 to 2010.

One Canada Square is primarily used by offices and some retail stores.

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Image: One Canada Square.
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16. Porta Nuova Garibaldi Tower A, Milan  
Height: 231 metres
Year: 2011 

The Garibaldi Tower is a skyscraper in Milan designed by architect Cesar Pelli. The building serves as the headquarters of UniCredit Bank.

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Image: Porta Nuova Garibaldi Tower A.
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17. Tour First Courbevoie
Height: 231 metres
Year: 2011 

Tour First is an office skyscraper located in Courbevoie, a Paris suburb in the La Defense district. The tower was built in 1974 by Bouygues for the UAP insurance company.

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Image: Tour First Courbevoie.
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18. Palace of Culture and Science, Warsaw  
Height: 231 metres
Year: 1955 

The Palace of Culture and Science in Warsaw is the tallest building in Poland, the eighth tallest building in the European Union.

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Image: Palace of Culture and Science, Warsaw.
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19. Torre Espacio, Madrid  
Height: 224 metres
Year: 2007 

The Torre Espacio is a skyscraper in Madrid with 57 floors.

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Image: Torre Espacio.
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20. Sky Tower 1, Wroclaw
Height: 212 metres

Sky Tower is currently under construction in Wroclaw, Poland. The construction began in December 2007 with the demolition of the 24-storey Poltegor structure.



Image: Sky Tower 1.
Photographs: Piotr Blaszczyk/Wikimedia Commons.

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