There are amazing structures all over the planet, and in this post, we’re taking a closer look at some of the most famous towers in the world.
Please note, this list solely contains towers, we have another list with some of the world’s most famous skyscrapers. Some of the amazing towers below made our list with their history of tallest buildings in the world as well.
5 Most famous towers in the world
1. Eiffel Tower
The Eiffel Tower is arguably the most famous tower in the world. It’s a symbol of the city of Paris and has been one of the most recognizable structures in the world ever since its completion in 1889. The Eiffel Tower has a total height of 324 meters (1,063 feet) measured to the tip.
It was originally constructed to become the centerpiece of the 1889 World Fair and wasn’t actually meant to remain in place. Instead, the plan was to demolish the tower and sell the metal for scrap basically after a couple of years. Luckily, it’s creator, Gustave Eiffel, managed to avoid that and we can still enjoy this remarkable tower today!
2. Leaning Tower of Pisa
The Leaning Tower of Pisa is the freestanding bell tower of the Cathedral of Pisa and has been considered one of the 7 miracles since its construction. It’s world-famous because it leans to one side as it was constructed with poor design on unstable soil. The tower stands 55.86 meters (183.3 feet) tall.
One of the most remarkable facts about the Leaning Tower of Pisa is that it’s basically a miracle that it hasn’t collapsed yet. Scientists were baffled in the early 1990s because every model they ran ensured that the tower should have collapsed by then. It didn’t and they were able to straighten it back, just enough for it not to collapse and just enough for it not having to lose its worldwide appeal.
3. CN Tower
The CN Tower is one of the tallest concrete communications and observation towers in the world and is located in the Downtown area of Toronto in Canada. It stands 553.3 meters (1,815.3 feet) tall and has been chosen by the American Society of Civil Engineers as one of the 7 Wonders of the Industrial World.
This amazing tower held the record as the tallest free-standing building in the world from the moment it was completed in 1976 until it was surpassed by the current world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa in Dubai. It has been one of the major tourist attractions of Toronto and has become a symbol of the city.
4. Big Ben
Big Ben is the nickname of the biggest bell in the clock tower located on the north end of the Palace of Westminster, also referred to as “The Houses of Parliament,” in the City of Westminster in central London. It’s not quite sure how the bell got its name, but since it was completed in 1859, the name has been used to refer to the entire clock tower as well.
The Clock Tower stands 96 meters (315 feet) tall and was designed in the Gothic Revival Style. Big Ben has become one of the most prominent landmarks in all of London and a symbol of the United Kingdom. Big Ben is located right next to the River Thames and Westminster Bridge as well.
5. Sky Tower
The Sky Tower is another telecommunications and observation tower and is located in Auckland, New Zealand. It was constructed halfway the 1990s between 1994 and 1997 and stands 328 meters (1,076.1 feet) tall. This makes the Sky Tower the tallest free-standing structure in the Southern Hemisphere.
The tower is the centerpiece of the SkyCity Auckland casino complex and is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the city. With its unique design and height, towering over all other buildings in the city, it has become the most prominent landmark of Auckland and all of New Zealand.
This concludes our list of the most famous towers in the world. Make sure to keep on the lookout for more towers to be added to this list soon!