Petronas Twin Towers, Sears Tower, CN Tower, to name a few, are among the most popular towers in the world. Here’s a list of lesser-known towers from around the world that can be considered spectacular and uniquely-designed architectural masterpieces.
1. Bayterek: Astana, Kazakhstan
The Bayterek is simply magnificent. It is a monument and observation tower in Kazakhstan and a famous tourist attraction
This elegant structure stands 105 meters high. It has a gold-mirrored 22 meter-diameter sphere, called the ‘egg’, which contain an observation deck.
2. Guangzhou TV & Sightseeing Tower: Guangzhou, China
The astounding Guangzhou TV & Sightseeing Tower is the world’s 2nd tallest freestanding structures with a height of 610 meters or 2,001 feet. Its main use includes observation and UHF/VHF-transmission.
3. Aspire Tower: Doha, Qatar
The marvelous Aspire Tower, a 300 meter (984 ft) structure, served as the focal point for the 15th Asian Games hosted by Qatar in December 2006. The tower housed the Asian Games flame during the games and holds the record for tallest ever games flame and highest positioning of a games flame, which was visible throughout Doha for the duration of the games.
4. Tokyo Sky Tree: Tokyo, Japan
The astonishing Tokyo Sky Tree of Japan will be the tallest artificial structure in Japan by 2011. It will reach a height of 610.58 meters or 2,003 feet.
5. Space Needle: Seattle, Washington, USA
The grandiose Space Needle in Washington was built for the 1962 World’s Fair, during which time nearly 20,000 people a day used the elevators, with over 2.3 million visitors in all for the World Fair. It stands at 605 feet or 184 meters high at its highest point and 138 feet (42 m) wide at its widest point. Space needle weighs 9,550 tons and can withstand winds of up to 200 mph (320 km/h) and earthquakes of up to 9.1 magnitudes. To prevent lightning damage, the tower also has 25 lightning rods on its roof.
6. Novy Most: Bratislava, Slovakia
The amazing tower of Novy Most is unique because it is the only member of World Federation of Great Towers located on a bridge. Novy Most is located across Danube River in Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia. It is the only bridge in the world to be a member of the WFGT. Its special attraction is its flying saucer-shaped structure housing a restaurant, called “UFO”. One can reach the restaurant using an elevator in the left pillar. The restaurant offers a good view over Bratislava. In the right pillar there is an emergency staircase with 430 stairs.
7. Oriental Pearl Tower: Shanghai, China
The captivating and fascinating Oriental Pearl Tower in China was completed in 1995 and stands at 468 meters or 1,535 feet high.
This structure is the tallest completed tower in Asia and the 3rd tallest tower in the world.
8. Tashkent Tower: Tashkent, Uzbekistan
This tower reminded me of my Chemistry Laboratory class. The 375 meters or 1,230 ft high TV Tower of Tashkent in Uzbekistan that began operation in 1985 is of a vertical cantilever structure, and is manufactured out of steel. The tower has an observation deck located 97 meters or 320 ft above the ground. It is the As the tallest structure in Central Asia, the signal reaches the farthest points of Tashkent Province and some of the south regions of Kazakhstan. The tower is also used for communication between governmental departments and organizations. The tower also serves as a complex hydro-meteorological station.
9. Milad Tower: Tehran Iran
This tower in Iran which is also known as Borj-e-Milad stands at 435 m or 1,427 ft high from base to tip of the antenna is the world’s 5th tallest tower and is also currently the world’s 12th tallest freestanding structure.
10. Liberation Tower: Kuwait
The Liberation Tower of Kuwait, its tallest structure, symbolized the country’s liberation from Iraq in 1991. Construction of the tower started in 1990 and was originally named ‘The Kuwait Telecommunications Tower’. When the invasion took place, construction, which was almost half-way complete, was put on hold. However, the structure received no damage, and construction resumed after Iraqi forces were expelled in 1991.
11. Riga Tower: Riga, Latvia
The Riga Radio and TV Tower of Latvia which was completed in 1986 with a height of 368.5 m or 1,209 ft, is the tallest structure in the Baltic Peninsula and the EU. It’s the third tallest tower in Europe and the twelfth tallest tower in the world. There is an observation platform at the height of 97 m, from which most of the city can be seen. The tower is said to be able to withstand extreme winds up to 44 m/s or 98 mph without any noticeable vibration.
12. Europaturm: Frankfurt, Germany
This gigantic structure which is also known as Tower of Europe is 337.5 meter or 1,107.3 ft high. It is a telecommunications tower located in Frankfurt am Main in Germany.
It was completed in 1979 at 331 meters or 1,086 ft it became the tallest standing structure in Germany. Its base, at 59 meters or 194 ft thick, is the widest of any similar structure in the world.
13. The Stratosphere Las Vegas: Nevada, USA
The Stratosphere Las Vegas in Nevada, USA is 1,149 ft or 350 m tall, the tallest free-standing observation tower in the country and the second tallest in the Western Hemisphere, surpassed only by the CN Tower in Canada.
14. KL Tower: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
The Kuala Lumpur Tower of Malaysia is the world’s 5th tallest freestanding tower and was completed in 1995. It is used for communication purposes. It features an antenna that reaches 421 m or 1,381 ft. The roof of the pod is at 335 m or 1,099 ft and the rest of the tower below has a stairwell and an elevator to reach the upper area, which also contains a revolving restaurant, providing diners a beautiful view of the city. Annual races are organized where participants race up the stairs to the top. The tower also acts as the Islamic falak observatory.
15. Ostankino Tower: Moscow, Russia
Ostankino Tower in Moscow, Russia stands at 540 meters or 1,772 ft tall and was the first free-standing structure to exceed 500 m (1640 ft) in height. The tower was constructed to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the October Revolution. It’s named was derived from the district where it is located.
16. Macau Tower: Macau, China
This fabulous tower is also known as Macau Sky Tower, it measures 338 m or 1,109 ft tall from ground level to the highest point. At 233 meters, the tower is the site of the world’s highest commercially operated bungee jump. It contains observation deck with panoramic views, restaurants, theaters, shopping malls and the Skywalk X, a thrilling walking tour around the outer rim. It offers the best view of Macau and in recent years has been used for a variety of adventurous activities.