The world’s tallest building [Amazing Photo of the Day]

From 1976 to 2007 the CN Tower in Toronto, Canada was known as the world’s tallest building, standing at 553.3 m (1,815 ft). In 2007 the CN Tower was passed by the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Coming in at an astonishing 829.84 m (2,723 ft, or more than half a mile), the Burj Khalifa is nothing short of a monster that tests the limits of human ingenuity. Although the follow picture probably doesn’t do it justice, it does give you an idea of how tall this structure is. Check it out:

Just for reference’s sake, the following is a chart that compares the height of the Burj Khalifa to other tall structures:

[via Wikipedia]

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  • Steve

    Impressive but perhaps more impressive is that Lincoln Cathedral in The UK held the world’s tallest building record from 238 years (1311 to 1549) before its spire blew down in a storm. Building started in 1072 but wasn’t completed until 1311 (with few mechanical aids I imagine).

  • JMJ


    Your intent was clear, Eric989. I just took the opportunity to have a little, well-intentioned fun. Glad you took it that way. ;-)

    I completely agree re the Chrysler Building. Why, I sometimes visit just to marvel at the beauty of its elevators! Hey! Did you know that the spire retains that shine because it’s clad in “Kruppstahl”, a steel made by the same Krupp Family that produced armor plating for German tanks during WWII ?

    As for Stonehenge, just in case —as with those Mayan ruins, I’ll reserve judgement until AFTER December 21st, this year!

    Nice making your acquaintance. Ciao!

    — JMJ

  • Eric989

    @JMJ: I was not trying to disparage the Empire State Building. I was just trying to compare the sizes of the two. I originally was going to give a shout out to the ESB for how impressive it was for its age but I got lazy and left it out.
    As for aesthetics, I’ll take the Chrysler Building over any of them. As for the Parthenon, I don’t think it is just a pile of rubble, though I would describe Stonehenge as a bunch of rocks in a circle. LOL

  • jayesstee

    OK it looks beautiful and the technology may be cutting edge, but would you want to live or work next door to it?

    The ‘mine is bigger than yours’ mentallity will end in (more) tears. :-((

  • MerryMarjie

    From the looks of the structure, it’s ready to take off for Mars!

  • Peter

    Surprisingly straight building for “The Vertical Odyssey” as the video on the homepage calls it ;-)

  • JMJ


    Not fair, Eric989. The Empire State Building was built in 15 months, more than eighty (80!) years ago. Burj Khalifa took more than four times as long to construct with today’s modern equipment, computers, etc. And, in my opinion, is not nearly as aesthetically pleasing. Looks like a stack of shiny new coins which King Kong would never deign to climb.

    “It makes the Empire State Building look like a ‘sandcastle'”?!? Sheesh! What a Philistine. :-) I suppose that, to you, the Parthenon is just a pile of rubble.

    Let’s talk again in 80 years and see which of the two buildings is still considered “truly impressive”.

  • Eric989

    The CN Tower is generally not officially considered a building for height purposes but is rather considered a freestanding structure.
    Also, so everyone knows, Willis Tower is the new name for the Sears Tower. I totally forgot that until I looked it up. The graph is also clearly labeled as tallest structures and not tallest buildings for those who are confused about the order. Building heights are calculated differently than structures due to antennas and such.
    Regardless, the Burj Khalifa is truly impressive. It makes the Empire State Building look like a sandcastle.