20 Most Famous Towers in the World: Ancient to Modern

Last Updated on 25th April 2023 by admin

Are you ready for an amazing virtual trip to world famous towers; like the Eiffel Tower, Leaning Tower of Pisa, CN Tower, Space Needle, Kuala Lumpur Tower and many more? The world is full of some attractions far above the ground and famous towers, which are known by the tourists. Towers have been built by man since prehistoric times; these man-made structures are very soaring in the division to their other proportions. Here are the World’s Most Famous Towers in History:


1) Leaning Tower of Pisa

Year of Construction: 1372

Total Height: 187 feet (57 m)

Location: Pisa, Italy

Leaning Tower of Pisa, Italy

The Leaning Tower of Pisa is one of the most famous tourist places and remarkable buildings in the Italian town of Pisa, and one of the most visited European cities. The tower of Pisa is 57 meters high and was tilted until 1990 at an angle of about 10 degrees, it was designed to be perfectly vertical. The construction of the tower was begun in 1173 and was completed in 1372, and it has 251 steps from bottom to top. In world history, Pisa got its name from a Greek word that dates back to 600 BC.

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The whole tower is made of precious white marble stones, it has eight storeys one after the other from bottom to top. The most surprising thing is that the construction of such a huge high tower has been done by the artisans on the foundation of sand. Actually, the tall height of this tower, its hardness and the soft soil of its foundation together create such a situation, which does not vibrate in this tower even during an earthquake. The special thing is that due to the soil of the foundation, this tower is bent, due to the same soft soil, it stands easily even after facing every earthquake.


2) The Eiffel Tower

Year of Construction: 1887 to 1889

Total Height: 1063 feet (324 m)

Location: Paris, France

The Eiffel Tower in Paris, France

The Eiffel Tower was built in 1889 on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the French Revolution during the World Exhibition at the Champs de Mars Park in Paris. It is the famous landmark of the city and one of the famous tourist attractions in Paris. The tower is 324 meters high, about the same height as an 81-story building and the tallest structure in Paris. However, it was the tallest artificial structure in the world when it was built. Today, The Eiffel Tower is the most famous tower in the world and is visited nearly 7 million visitors per year.

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The Eiffel Tower is most famous tourist attraction of France. It always lit with light, for this, about 20 thousand bulbs have been installed in it. Considered the pride of Paris, the Eiffel Tower is made in the shape of a square, in which metal has been used to make it. There are about 18 thousand pieces of iron in this tower, which are very well connected with the help of about 25 lakh nails. It held the record for the tallest building in the world when it was built in 1889 and continued to hold this record for almost 41 years.


3) CN Tower

Year of Construction: 1973 to 1976

Total Height: 1815 feet (553 m)

Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada

CN Tower in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

CN Tower is the world’s 9th tallest free-standing structure located in Downtown Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The tower is 553 meters (1,815 ft) high and it has 147 floors. Construction of the concrete CN tower started on 6th February 1973 and it was opened to the public on 26 June 1976. When the CN Tower was opened to the public, it became the tallest free-standing structure on land in the world.

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The CN Tower was once the tallest building, tower and freestanding structure, and retained the title of the tallest tower in the world until 2007. The CN Tower has a glass floor and the outer observation deck stands at 342 meters (1,122.0 ft). The glass floor was opened in June 1994 when it was the first of its kind and it is one of Toronto’s best attractions.


4) The Space Needle

Year of Construction: 1961

Total Height: 605 feet (184 m)

Location: Seattle, Washington, USA

The Space Needle in Seattle, Washington, USA
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The Space Needle is one of the most famous towers and one of the most famous skylines in the world. The Space Needle is in the city of Seattle, Washington, USA. It was built for the 1962 World’s Fair. The Space Needle was designed by two architects, Edward E. Carlson and John Graham. The tower is at an impressive height of 184 meters (605 ft) and every year, around 1.3 million guests visit the Space Needle. This tower is one of the most photographed structures in the world.

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The Space Needle has world’s first and only revolving glass floor stands at 500 feet above the ground with 360 view. To reach the top of the tower, 3 elevators are used, which move at a speed of 10 mph, each elevator carries 25 people.  Every year on New Year’s Eve, the Space Needle celebrates with a fireworks show at midnight, at which time a spectacular view spreads across the sky.


5) Tokyo tower

Year of Construction: 1957 to 1958

Total Height: 1093 feet (333 m)

Location:  Tokyo, Japan

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The Tokyo Tower is also known as Nippon Denpato (Japan Radio Tower) and one of the famous towers in the world. The tower is one of the tallest and most amazing structures in the world. The height of the tower is 332.9m, and it was constructed in 1958. It is an observation and telecommunication tower located in the Shiba-Koen district of Minato in Tokyo (Japan). There are two observatory decks to adore the panoramic view of the city.

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Tokyo Tower is beautifully colored in sprawling red and soothing white strips. It is the ideal destination for travel lovers, as they can enjoy the dazzling view of the city. The gigantic structure is the main center of broadcast and telecommunication activity. Foot town is famous for shopping malls, restaurants, and cafes, where visitors can enjoy Japanese delicacies.


6) Canton Tower

Year of Construction: 2005 to 2009

Total Height: 1982 feet (604 m)

Location: Guangdong, China

Canton Tower in Guangdong, China

China is not only listed among the tallest statues in the world, but also among the tallest towers in the world. The Canton Tower has a total height of 604 meters (1,982 ft) with an antenna, making it the second tallest tower in the world and the fourth tallest freestanding structure. It is a famous landmark of Guangzhou city in China, located on the southern bank of the Pearl River. The tower, built by the Guangzhou New Television Tower Group, was started in 2005 and completed in 2010; it has 37 top floors with 2 basement floors.

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Canton Tower holds three Guinness World Records for highest thrill ride in a building, tallest post office and highest revolving restaurant. Before the construction of Tokyo Skytree in 2012, the Canton Tower held the title of the tallest tower in the world. Prior to the construction of the Shanghai Tower, it was the tallest structure in China as of 3 August 2013, which makes it one of the most famous towers in the world.


7) Oriental Pearl Tower

Year of Construction: 1991 to 1994

Total Height: 1535 feet (468 m)

Location: Shanghai Shi, China

Oriental Pearl Tower in Shanghai Shi, China

The Oriental Pearl Tower is one of the most famous and iconic structures in Shanghai. The Oriental Pearl Tower is a radio and television tower located in Pudong Park next to the Huangpu River and standing opposite the Bund in Shanghai, China. The construction of the tower began on 30 July 1991 and was completed in 1995, with a height of 468 meters high. It is the 4th tallest tower in Asia and the 6th in the world.

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The Oriental Pearl Tower has three observatory levels, one of them with a revolving restaurant at a height of 267 meters. It also features an amazing light show using different lights every day. The entire view from the top of the tower is an amazing photography, which excites the imagination and attracts visitors throughout the year.


8) Tokyo Skytree

Year of Construction: 2008 to 2012

Total Height: 2080 feet (634 m)

Location: Tokyo, Japan

Tokyo Skytree in Tokyo, Japan
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The Tokyo Skytree is one of the famous towers in the world. It is a television broadcasting tower and one of Japan’s newest landmarks of Tokyo, the construction of the tower began on 14 July 2008 and was completed on 29 Feb 2012. The Tokyo Skytree tower has a height of 634 meters, which makes it the 2nd tallest free-standing structure in the world. Tokyo Sky Tree was designed by the Japanese architecture company Nikken Sekkei.

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The Guinness Book of World Records has named Japan’s Tokyo Sky Tree is the world’s tallest tower. Although the world’s tallest building is still Dubai’s Burj Khalifa, which is 828 meters tall, it is built for residential and commercial use, so it is placed in a separate category from the tower. The most interesting thing is that it is almost twice the height of the very old Tokyo Tower which is just 333 meters.


9) Kuala Lumpur Tower

Year of Construction: 1991 to 1994

Total Height: 1381 feet (421 m)

Location: Malaysia

Kuala Lumpur Tower in Malaysia

The Kuala Lumpur Tower (KL Tower) also known as Menara Kuala Lumpur located in Kuala Lumpur, the capital city of Malaysia. It is a communications tower, an antenna on the top of its tower increases its height to 421 meters, and KL tower is also the 7th tallest freestanding tower in the world. The Kuala Lumpur Tower is one of the most famous towers in the world, was officially opened to the public in 1996.

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The Kuala Lumpur Tower is one of the tallest towers in the world with a height of 421 meters. The observation deck of the KL Tower is 276 meters above the ground, allowing a 360° view of the Kuala Lumpur city. The Kuala Lumpur tower is also member of the World Federation of Great Towers. The tower also has a revolving restaurant that offers panoramic views of the city.


10) Ostankino Tower

Year of Construction: 1963 to 1967

Total Height: 1772 feet (540 m)

Location: Moscow, Russia

Ostankino Tower in Moscow, Russia

The Ostankino Tower is a 540-meter-high television and radio tower in Moscow, Russia owned by the Russian Broadcasting and Television Network. The Ostankino tower is one of the most famous towers and an iconic attractions in the city, designed by Nikolai Nikitin and Tower was built in 1967. It is the tallest building in Europe and the 11th tallest freestanding structure in the world.

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The Ostankino Tower is the 11th tallest in the world and the tallest free standing structure in Europe and the most amazing thing about Ostankino Tower is that it remains the tallest structure ever built in Europe. The tower is equal to 120 storeys. The tower’s observation deck is located at a height of 337 meters from the ground. You can enjoy lunch or dinner at the revolving Seventh Heaven restaurant with a beautiful view of the city. The tower is also a member of the World Federation of Great Towers.


11) Macau Tower in China

Year of Construction: 1998 to 2001

Total Height: 1109 feet (338 m)

Location: Macau, China

Macau Tower in China
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Macau Tower, located in the New Reclamation Area of Macau West Bay, has a total height of 338 meters. The tower construction was started in 1998, and the tower was officially opened on December 19, 2001 and was included to the World Federation of Great Towers. It was designed by Gordon Moller from New Zeland. In addition to being a tourist attraction, the Macau Tower also serves local telecommunications and broadcasting facilities.

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Macau Tower is most famous for offering one of the highest bungee jump in the world at 233 meters (764 ft). The Macau Tower has an observation deck that offers stunning 360° view, a restaurant, a cinema, exhibition halls, and shops. It is one of the most famous towers in the world and most popular landmark of the city. Macau tower offers the ultimate adventure as it offers thrilling views from one of the highest skywalk


12) Tashkent Tower

Year of Construction: 1978 to 1984

Total Height: 1230 feet (375 m)

Location: Tashkent, Uzbekistan

Tashkent Tower in Tashkent, Uzbekistan

The Tashkent Television Tower is 375 meters high and weight more than 6000 tons, located in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. Tashkent’s TV Tower is the tallest structure in Central Asia and the 11th tallest tower in the world. Tower took six years to complete, construction started in 1978 and officially opened for the public on January 15, 1984. The tower has an amazing engineering and architectural artistry

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Tashkent Tower is one of the world’s most famous towers and the 12th tallest structure in the world. Its construction includes the ability to withstand an earthquake of Richter magnitude 9. The tower has an observation deck located 97 m. The tower also comes under the World Federation of Great Towers. If you want to taste a variety of cuisines, be sure to visit the observation area of the famous restaurant ‘Koinot’.


13) Liberation Tower

Year of Construction: 1987 to 1996

Total Height: 1220 feet (372 m)

Location: Kuwait

Liberation Tower in Kuwait
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The Liberation Tower is an iconic landmark and most popular structure of Kuwait City. The famous tower is a 372-meter-high telecommunications tower located in the city center at Abdulla Al Salem St, Kuwait. It is the second tallest structure in the country and the 39th tallest building in the world; the tower was officially inaugurated on 10 March 1996.

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The Liberation Tower is the most important landmark in Kuwait. One of the world’s most famous towers was designed by Danish architect Malene Bjørn. The Liberation Tower is used by the Ministry of Transport for telecommunications, but it also has a revolving restaurant and an observation deck at a height of 150 meters, which attracts many visitors and offers breathtaking views of Kuwait City


14) Milad Tower

Year of Construction: 2000 to 2007

Total Height: 1427 feet (435 m)

Location: Tehran, Iran

Milad Tower in Tehran, Iran

Milad Tower is a multi-purpose tower in Tehran, also known as the Tehran Tower, located between Qarb Town and the district of Gisha, Iran. Milad Tower is 435 meters high, including 120 meters of an antenna, making it the world’s 4th tallest free-standing telecommunication tower in the world. It is a part of a complex called the International Trade and Convention Center of Tehran. The tower was officially opened on October 7, 2008, by Mohammad Bagher Ghalibaf (55th Mayor of Tehran).

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Milad Tower is one of the most famous and the sixth tallest tower in the world. It provides a bird’s eye view of the city to regular visitors through the observation deck located at the top of the head structure at a height of 312 meters. It provides a panoramic 360-degree view of the city and the beautiful mountains. Some commercial activities and entertainment events also take place in the tower.


15) Fernsehturm Tower

Year of Construction: 1965 to 1969

Total Height: 1207 feet (368 m)

Location: Berlin, Germany

Fernsehturm Tower in Berlin, Germany

The Fernsehturm is a television tower and one of the most visible landmarks in central Berlin, Germany. The tower was constructed between 1965 and 1969 by the government of East Germany. It is 368 meters high including an antenna, which makes it the tallest building in the country and the 4th tallest freestanding structure in Europe. If you come here in clear weather, you can clearly see for several miles from above through the observation deck.

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The Fernsehturm Television Tower is one of Berlin’s most iconic landmarks and one of the famous tourist attractions in Germany. The lift reaches the observation deck at a height of 203 m above the ground within 40 seconds. The revolving restaurant “Sphere” in Berlin’s television tower offers stunning views of the entire city while enjoying a variety of cuisines, restaurant rotates 360 degrees in half an hour. The tower also attracts over 1 million visitors every year.


16) Tower of Tianjin

Year of Construction: 1991

Total Height: 1362 feet (415 m)

Location: Tianjin, China

Tower of Tianjin in China

The Tower of Tianjin is a Radio and Television Tower, at the height of 415.2 meters (1,362 ft), located on the east side of Water Amusement Park, Hexi district in Tianjin, China. It is the 8th tallest freestanding tower in the world and the third tallest in China and was built in 1991 at a cost of $45 million. Tower is the beautiful architecture in Tianjin and is one of the top ten famous attractions in Tianjin.

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Tianjin Radio and Television Tower is one of the tallest towers in China and the 8th tallest free standing tower in the world. The most interesting thing about the tower is that it is in the center of Lake Tianta, which makes it even more attractive. It is also included in World Federation of Great Towers. Tianjin’s tower has an observation deck at a height of 253 meters.


17) Skylon Tower 

Year of Construction: 1964 to 1965

Total Height: 520 feet (160 m)

Location: Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada

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The Skylon Tower is located in Niagara Falls Ontario, Canada. The construction of the tower was started in May 1964 and opened on 6 October 1965. The height of the tower from base to tip is 160m (520 feet), although the height of the tower above Niagara Falls is about 775 feet (236 m). Skylon Tower is an ideal location as it overlooks one of the most famous waterfalls, Niagara Falls. The tower was designed scientifically to withstand heavy winds by Toronto architectural companies Bregman and Homann.

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The iconic Skylon Tower offers a breath-taking view of the imperious Niagara Falls, Horseshoe Fall, American falls and a fascinating view of the entire city. Visitors can enjoy the stunning view of these amazing attractions with delicious continental cuisine in the top-rated restaurants of Skylon Tower. The top floor or observation deck of the tower is situated at a height of 143 meters.


18) Zhongyuan Tower

Year of Construction: 2007 to 2011

Total Height: 1273 feet (388 m)

Location: Zhengzhou, China

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Zhongyuan Tower is a center of commercial and cultural activities. This steel tower is located in Zhengzhou, Henan province of China, so it is also known as the Henan radio and television tower. The overall height of the tower is 388m in including a 268-meter body and 120 meters top antenna. The astounding structure was built in 2009, by Renley Ma.

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Zhongyuan Tower has commercial advantages for tourism and cross-border trades in China. It is beautifully designed and carved like a plum blossom having five petals. The tower has a small observation deck and a revolving restaurant at the top. The entire tower structure has mythological significance. Five petals symbolize five blessings, so it is also called the Fortune tower.


19) Lotus Tower

Year of Construction: 2012 to 2019

Total Height: 1150 feet (350 m)

Location: Colombo, Sri Lanka

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Lotus Tower is a symbolic landmark of Sri Lanka, it is located in the capital city, Colombo. the tower is a symbol of awe-inspiring architecture and engineering achievement. The height of the tower is 350m, it was constructed in 2019. The main motives behind the construction of this wonderful structure are communication, business, amusement, and leisure.

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Colombo Lotus Tower is one of the most attractive destinations for tourists in Sri Lanka. The tower has big spacious shopping malls, hotels, restaurants, food courts, supermarkets, museums, and an auditorium for spending quality time with friends and family. Lotus Tower is the tallest tower in South Asia and 19th tallest in the world. This beautiful tower is located in the center of Colombo capital on the shores of the beautiful Beira Lake.


20) Europaturm Tower

Year of Construction: 1974 to 1979

Total Height: 1107 feet (337.5 m)

Location:  Frankfurt, Germany

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Europaturm Tower is a concrete-based tower, which is also known as the “Tower of Europe”. It is a telecommunication tower with a 337.5 meters height. It is located in Frankfurt, Germany, and is also known by the alternative name – Fernsehturn, GinnheimerSpargel. One of the most surprising free-standing structures was constructed in 1979 by Erwin Heinle.

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It is one of the tallest towers and free-standing structures in Europe. At the top of the Europaturm Tower, it has a large observation deck, which offers a panoramic view of the Rhine Main area and entire city. The top of the tower was integrated with an efficient antenna, which is potent to broadcast high-definition television signals, making it an efficient telecommunication center.

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