The size of a building can oftentimes be a sign of a city’s or nation’s wealth and power. It also seems to be a global contest as to which city can house the tallest building in the world. Whenever one incredibly tall skyscraper goes up, another one is not too far off to attempt to beat the record.
It is easy to understand why there is so much competition to build the tallest structure: major city-centers are often also huge financial hubs, and memorable buildings will attract more wealth and stature for the city.
But there there are only 10 buildings that deserve to be on the list of the tallest buildings in the world.
10. Willis Tower, Chicago, IL, United States: 442 m
Its former name was the Sears Tower, but was changed to Willis Tower in 2009. This tower is 108 stories tall. It was completed in 1973, and at the time, was the tallest building in the world. Standing at 442 meters, it held that title for 25 years.
9. Zifeng Tower, Nanjing, China: 450 m
This tower is fairly new. It was completed in 2010 and houses 89 stories. It is said to have a stair-step shape, which helps to separate the various businesses that can be found inside. There is a hotel that starts on the 49th floor, and an observatory deck on 72nd floor. Hopefully you don’t have a fear of heights if you plan to visit. The tower stands at 450 meters, which is a little terrifying when you remember that this area is at risk for earthquakes.