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Amazing photos of Europe's tallest building

Last updated on: July 9, 2012 12:49 IST

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Europe's tallest building with an irregular pyramidal shape from the base to the top, and clad entirely in glass was unveiled in London.
                                                                                                
Standing tall at a height of 1,016 feet, The Shard includes apartments, offices, restaurants and a five-star hotel.

The 95-storey tower replaced the Southwark Towers, a 24-storey office block built in Southwark in 1975.

Designed by Renzo Piano, the tower 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: A laser and searchlight show marks the completion of the exterior of the Shard building in central London.
Photographs: Olivia Harris/Reuters.

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The Shard skyscraper towers over Saint Paul's Cathedral in a view from south London.

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Photographs: Olivia Harris/Reuters.

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The Shard glows red during the laser and searchlight show to mark the completion of the exterior of the Shard building in central London

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Photographs: Olivia Harris/Reuters.
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Shard skyscraper towers over Saint Paul's Cathedral in a view from south London.

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Photographs: Toby Melville/Reuters.

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The Shard skyscraper towers over Saint Paul's Cathedral in a view from south London.

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Photographs: Reuters.

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The Shard is reflected in a puddle amongst housing blocks in London.

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Photographs: Toby Melville/Reuters.
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The Shard building under construction is seen near the London Eye ferris wheel in central London.

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Photographs: Toby Melville/Reuters.

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A view of the The Shard building during its construction behind City Hall, in London.
 


Photographs: Suzanne Plunkett/Reuters.
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A sculpture is seen near the Shard building in central London.


 


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