Sky-touching manmade towers aren’t confined to the contemporary age only; it has been built since medieval times. In last two millenniums years, the mankind on earth has built all sorts of towers such as clock towers, minarets and communication towers. However, not all towers are equally popular. This post unfolds the 10 most visited & talked-about towers by travellers that keeps coming in the headlines and are buzz of all time.
1. Eiffel Tower
The Eiffel tower in Paris is the most iconic towers and landmarks in the world; in fact it symbolizes the city of love. It was built by Gustave Eiffel as a gateway for the International Exhibition of Paris in 1889. Since its construction, this 300 meter tall tower is visited by approximately 200,000,000 people from all across the globe making it the most famous paid monument in the world.
2. Leaning Tower of Pisa
Though the leaning tower of Pisa is incredibly famous all around the world, still there are people who are not aware that this iconic monument of Italy was built over a time span of about 177 years. Yeah, it’s true folks!
The construction first started in the early 12th century but to severe some architecture issue the project was put to hold for about a century. The work started again in the 2nd half of the 14th century. The tower has made open to public since 2001.
3. Big Ben
The big ben tower of London is celebrating its 150th birthday this year in 2014. The name of this famous tourist attraction of London doesn’t refer to the clock, but it is given after the big 13 ton bell found within the tower. Big ben is the biggest clock tower of its kind in the whole world.
4. San Gimignano
This rustic beauty of the Tuscany region in Italy is acknowledged as the medieval version of Manhattan of USA. The town comes into sight before four years when the top-notch international news source CNN published a post about San Gimignano and claimed it as the city of beautiful towers.
In the medieval age, more than 70 towers were built by the noble people of the town showing off their wealth and power. However, only 14 towers survived in the journey of time. Some of the towers and villas in San Gimignano, Villen San Gimignano, are now offered as holiday accommodation.
5. Spiral Minaret
The Spiral Minaret is the most beautiful part of the Great Mosque of Samarra in Iraq. The 52 meter tall minarets is one of its kind in the whole world due to its unique ascending spiral conical design.
6. CN Tower
Built over 3 years between 1973 and 1976 by a Canadian railway company, this 553.33 meters tall CN tower is the most iconic structure in Canada. It was the world’s tallest building until it title was taken away by Burj Khalifa in Dubai.
7. Three Pagodas
The Three Pagodas in China are one of the best kept Buddhist structures in the world. It is situated in Chongsheng temple on the shores of lake Erhai.The height of the middle pagoda is 69.6 meters. Its called as multi-eave structure, which form a beautiful triangle. These three pagodas are more than 1000 years old which is famous for its resilience. There is a lake behind Pagodas called as Reflection (Juying Chi) which reflects the images of all the three Pagodas .
8. Belém Tower
Built in the early 16th century as part of a defence system to protect the city of Lisbon, this fortified tower is located in the civil parish of Santa Maria de Belém, Portugal. Playing a significant role in the Portuguese maritime discoveries of the era of the Age of Discoveries, it has been declared an UNESCO World Heritage Site.
9. Minaret of Jam
Located in a far flung region of western Afghanistan, the Minaret of Jam was built in the 12th century and designated today as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Famous for its intricate brick, stucco and glazed tile decoration, this 65 meter tower miraculously survived flash flood and mongol attacks till today.
10. The Two Towers of Bologna
These two famous towers are named after the families who are credited for their construction between 1109 and 1119. The Asinelli Tower commanding a height of 97.2 meters is the tallest tower in Bologna. The Garisenda Tower was originally 60 meters in height but was subsequently lowered in the 14th century to 48 meters for safety reasons.
If you have fancy of visiting destinations that embrace sky-high buildings, check out this list again and pick your next travel destination.
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Martin is a professional web content writer with great insights into major holiday delights of Italy, France, USA and many other trending destinations of the world. He has also gathered best and finest information about Villen San Gimignano (Villas San Gimignano) found in Italy.