The Tallest Twin Towers in the World
The famous Petronas Towers are located in Kuala Lumpur; they were designed by an Argentinian architect, and constructed by Japanese and Korean contractors. The buildings are a true representative of Malaysian culture and its history. They were finished in 1998 and have only 88 floors, which is not much considering their height of 452m.
The Tallest “Green” Building in the World
Since Burj Khalifa beat it in all other categories, Taipei 101, as the second tallest building in the world, had to take the lead in some category and distinguish itself from the others. The Green On campaign was a good choice, presenting an effort to save energy and promote resource recycling. The 509m tall building was awarded with the LEED certificate in 2011, which conformed that Taipei 101 was the tallest “green” building in the world, reducing its energy needs for 30%.
The Tallest Tomb in the World
In the year 1300 AD the Old St Paul’s Cathedral in London replaced the Great pyramid of Giza and became the tallest man-made structure in the world. However, the Great pyramid, the resting place of Pharaoh Khufu, with its height of 147m bears the title of the tallest tomb in the world for over 3.800 years.
The Tallest Minaret in the World
Built on a cape in Casablanca, the Hassan II Mosque can accommodate 25.000 worshipers inside and around 80.000 outside. A part of the mosque lies directly above the Atlantic Ocean and the glass floor enables worshipers to kneel and pray above the water. At a height of 210m, the minaret is an important architectural entity on its own – it is not only the tallest minaret in the world, but also the tallest construction in Morocco, calling the worshipers to prayer five times a day. During the evenings the minaret emits a laser beam towards “the path of God” – Mecca, so that Muslims in Casablanca (and surrounding areas) would know which way is the holiest city of Islam.
The Highest Lookout
It is located on the 100th floor of the World Financial Center in Shanghai, which is the tallest building in China and third worldwide. It was opened to the public in 2008, and spreads on three floors (the highest point at 474m) and the glass walls give an eerie impression of hanging over a cliff.