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World's 20 TALLEST towers

Last updated on: November 21, 2011 11:06 IST

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Towers can be either be standalone structures or as part of a larger structure. While the world's tallest building is Burj khalifa in Dubai, the world's tallest tower is Tokyo Sky Tree.

1. Tokyo Sky Tree (Japan)
Height: 2,080 ft

The tallest structure in Tokyo situated on an island. It is also the second tallest structure in the world, after the Burj Khalifa.

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2. Canton Tower (China)
Height: 1,968 ft

Canton Tower, formerly Guangzhou TV and Sightseeing Tower, is an observation tower in the Haizhu District of Guangzhou. It is the tallest structure in China and the seventh-tallest structure in the world.

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3. CN Tower (Canada)
Height: 1,815 ft

The CN Tower is a communications and observation tower in Downtown Toronto, Canada. In 1976, it was world's tallest free-standing structure and world's tallest tower at the time.

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4. Ostankino Tower (Russia)
Height: 1,772 ft

This is a free-standing television and radio tower in Moscow, Russia. Ostankino was designed by Nikolai Nikitin.

It is a member of the World Federation of Great Towers, currently the tallest in Europe and 4th tallest in the world.

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5. Oriental Pearl Tower
Height: 1,535 feet

The Oriental Pearl Tower is a TV tower in Shanghai, China. The Oriental Pearl Tower is located in Pudong district, by the side of Huangpu River.

Designed by the Shanghai Modern Architectural Design Co, the main designers are Jiang Huan Chen, Lin Benlin and Zhang Xiulin. The construction began in 1990 and the tower was completed in 1994.

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6. Milad tower (Iran)
Height: 1,427 ft

Milad Tower is the tallest tower in Iran. Built between the Shahrak-e Gharb and Gisha districts of Tehran, the head consists of a large pod with 12 floors, the roof of which is at a height of 1,033 ft.

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7. Menara Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia)
Height: 1,381 ft

The Kuala Lumpur Tower was completed in 1995. It is used for communication purposes and features an antenna that reaches 1,381 ft. It is the second tallest freestanding tower in the world. The roof of the pod is at a height of 1,099 ft.

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8. Tianjin Radio and Television Tower (China)

Height: 1,362 ft

 

The Tianjin Radio and Television Tower in Tianjin, China is used primarily for communication. It was built in 1991 at a cost of $45 million.

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9. Central Radio and TV Tower (China)
Height: 1,329 ft

The China Central Television (CCTV) Tower is the tallest structure in Beijing, China. It has an observation deck at 238 metres (781 ft), and the tip of its antenna reaches a height of 405 metres (1,329 ft).

Built in 1992, it provides panoramic views over the city from its restaurant and observation deck.

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10. Kiev TV Tower (Ukraine)
Height: 1,263 ft

The Kiev TV Tower is a steel tower built in 1973 for radio and television broadcasting. It is the tallest freestanding lattice steel construction in the world.

The tower is not open to the public. The tower was completed in 1973 at a cost of about $12 million.

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11. Tashkent Tower (Uzbekistan)
Height: 1,230 ft

The Tashkent Television Tower opened on 15 January 1985. It was the 3rd tallest tower in the world from 1985 to 1991.

The tower has an observation deck located 97 metres (318 ft) above the ground. It is the tallest structure in Central Asia.

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12. Liberation Tower (Kuwait)
Height: 1,220 ft

The Liberation Tower is the second tallest structure in Kuwait. The tower contains a revolving restaurant and an observation platform houses radio and other telecommunications offices.

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13. Almaty Tower (Kazakhstan)
Height: 1,219 ft

The Almaty Tower was built between 1975 and 1983 in Almaty city, Kazakhstan.

The tower is located on high slopes of Kok Tobe mountain. It is the tallest free-standing tubular steel structure in the world.

It has two observation decks, which are accessible by two high-speed elevators. It is however not open to the public.

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14. Riga Radio and TV Tower
Height: 1,209 ft

The Riga Radio and TV Tower is the tallest structure in the Baltic countries and in the European Union. It is the third tallest tower in Europe. The tower started broadcasting in 1986.

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15. Berliner Fernsehturm (Germany)
Height: 1,207 ft

The Fernsehturm is a television tower in the city centre of Berlin, Germany. The tower was constructed between 1965 and 1969 by the former German Democratic Republic administration. It is the tallest structure in Germany.

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16. Gerbrandy Tower (Netherlands)
Height: 1,203 ft

The Gerbrandy Tower was built in 1961 in the Netherlands. The Gerbrandy Tower is used for directional radio services and for FM- and TV-broadcasting.

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17. TV Tower Vinnytsia (Ukraine)
Height: 1,162 ft

The TV Tower Vinnytsia is a 354 metre high guyed steel tube mast used for FM and TVtransmission.

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18. Stratosphere Tower (United States)
Height: 1,149 ft

Stratosphere Las Vegas is a tower, hotel, and casino located on the Las Vegas Strip. Its tower is also the tallest observation tower, and the 5th-tallest structure, in the United States.

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19. Lotus Tower (Sri Lanka)
Height: 1149 ft

The Peliyagoda Tower (Lotus Tower) is a proposed tower in Peliyagoda, Sri Lanka.

The lotus-shaped tower will be used for communication and observation. The construction will cost $100 million and will be completed by 2013.

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20. West Pearl Tower (China)
Height: 1109 ft

The West Pearl Tower is the fourth tallest tower in China. It was mainly built to help TV Networks across Chengdu. A revolving restaurant with a 360 degree view of the city is an added attraction.



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