What is a tower? Is it just a tall building made of steel from where you can get a bird’s view of the whole city? No, it is not. A tower can be anything from a skyscraper to an observatory, a watchtower, a bell tower, a clock tower or even just a monument of importance. There are several towers in the world that have existed from the pre-historic age, that have seen empires rise and fall, wars take place and so on. On the other hand, there are also towers that have been erected recently, some 10-20 years ago and has gain immense popularity since then.
Here is a mixed list of such 20 towers that are most famous in the world:
20. Minaret of Jam, Afghanistan
The Minaret of Jam, located in western Afghanistan is a religious and archaeological tower. It has been identified as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. It is believed that during a flood the Mosque along with its surrounding was washed away and only the tower survived. This 65m high tower, next to the Hari River was built in the twelfth century and is the only remaining part of the Mosque.
19. Canton Tower, China
Canton Tower popularly known as the Guangzhou Tower is considered the world’s 4th tallest freestanding tower. It is located in Guangdong Province, on the bank of the Pearl River and is 604m tall. The construction of the tower started in 2005 and was finished by 2008. This TV tower is World famous because of its unique twisted design.
18. Qutub Minar, India
Qutub Minar is known as the world’s tallest brick minaret. It was built by Delhi’s first Muslim ruler Qutb al-Din Aybak back in the year 1193. This World Heritage Site has 379 steps and is 73m high.
17. Three Pagodas, China
The Three Pagodas facing the Erhai Lake is located some 1km from the old town of Dali inside the Chongsheng Temple. The middle and the tallest tower was built between 824-840 AD by King Quan Fengyou. It is 69.6m high and is the symbol of the Dali’s history and the growth of Buddhism.
16. One World Trade Centre, USA
Built at the exact same spot where the World Trade Centre used to reside before the 9/11, One World Trade Centre with its 546m height is the 6th tallest building in the world. One World Trade Centre is located in the New York City and was opened to the public in 2014. This tower is known for its high-end design that makes it look like a Kaleidoscope.
15. Taipei 101, Taiwan
The Taipei 101 tower located in the city of Taipei until 2010 was considered the world’s tallest tower. This tower is still counted among the tallest and is known for its energy saver function. This 101 floors tall tower is famous for its historical relation to the feng shui traditions.
14. Space Needle, USA
Built in the year 1961, the Space Needle remains till date Seattle’s one of the most favorite towers. This 184m high tower was built as an observatory but in the recent times, besides the observation platform, it also includes a beautiful restaurant for the people to enjoy the view with some delicious food and vice versa.
13. N Seoul Tower, South Korea
N Seoul Tower, also known as the Namsan Tower is located in central Seoul. This 236m high tower was built back in 1969 as the first TV and radio signal broadcast tower. The tower was opened to the public in 1980, and since then its multi-colored night view has attracted tourists from everywhere.
12. Macau Sky Tower, China
Macau Sky Tower is one of China’s famous entertainment towers. This 338m high tower was opened to the masses on 2001 and since then has been a great spot for entertainment. The tower has an observatory, a sky-walk, sky-jumping as well as restaurants and casinos.
11. Petronas Twin Towers, Malaysia
These 88 storied, 452m high towers were built in 1999 and since then had been Kuala Lumpur’s pride. The twin towers were designed keeping in mind the Islamic architecture. The most fascinating thing about these towers is the sky walk that connects them at the 41st and 42nd floor.
10. The Shard, UK
The Shard or the Shard of Glass is located in London and is 310m high. Previously known as the London Bridge Tower this skyscraper is one of Western Europe’s tallest buildings. It was opened to the people in 2012 and since then it has been one of the favourite spots of the London people to get a bird’s eye view of the city.
9. Belem Tower, Portugal
Belem Tower, also known as the Tower of St. Vincent is mere 30m high, yet it is considered a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. This tower is located in Lisbon and has a history of its own. Its historical importance states that the tower was built by the military in 1515 to guard Lisbon harbour.
8. CN Tower, Canada
CN Tower or the Canadian National Tower was built in 1976 and since then has remained as one of the tallest buildings present in the Western Hemisphere. It is located in Toronto and is 553m high. It hosts the thrilling adventure of Edge Walk where people can walk hands-free at a height equivalent to the 116th floor.
7. Shanghai Tower, China
Shanghai Tower with its 632m height is the world’s 3rd largest tower till date. This 132-floor tower was fully opened in 2017 and costs $2.4 million. The tower is armed with some high-end design that allows the building to keep the air warm in winter and to cool the air down in summer.
6. San Gimignano, Italy
San Gimignano is a small town in Tuscany which is known for its Gothic architecture. The town was destroyed around 1348 when Black Death struck Europe and it is believed that half of Gimignano’s population died. The tallest tower of the town reaches as high as 324m and is considered a picturesque tourist spot.
5. Empire State Building, USA
The Empire State Building located in New York City is known as the fastest constructed skyscraper. This 443m high building was built in 1931, in just 410 days. Once known as the tallest building, the Empire State Building today is popular for its observatories that provide a 360-degree view of New York.
4. Leaning Tower of Pisa, Italy
Leaning Tower of Pisa is one such tower which is mentioned in every general knowledge book. This 58m high tower was built in the year 1173 and that also in just 177 days. The tower is famous for its poor foundation which led to its titled structure.
3. Big Ben, UK
The Big Ben is the World’s 3rd largest clock tower. It was named after Sir Benjamin Hall, who ordered the construction of the 13-ton bell. The tower is 96m high and is located in London. No visit to London is complete, without seeing the Big Ben.
2. Burj Khalifa, UAE
Burj Khalifa, previously known as Burj Dubai is the world’s tallest building till date. It is a gigantic building of 830m and is located in Dubai. This 163 floored tower was inaugurated in 2010.
1 Eiffel Tower, France
Is there anybody who has not heard about the Eiffel Tower? This 324m high tower is the world’s most famous tower and is the pride of France. The tower was built in 1889 and is located in Paris. It is considered among one of the most romantic places in the world and is considered as the most visited paid monument ever.