Friday, September 14, 2007

CN Tower no longer the world's tallest free-standing structure

After 31 years of being the world's tallest free-standing structure, CN Tower has demoted yesterday to the world's second-tallest free-standing structure. The Burj Dubai tower has now reached 555.3 metres, which is now taller than the 553.33 metres CN Tower.

It's a fixed feelings, happy and sad. On one hand, I am happy that we, humans, can build a structure that is taller than the previous world's tallest building. On the other hand, we, Canadians, loses the title of having the world's tallest building in our country.

Should I laugh about this? Or, should I cry about this?

  • The CN Tower was built in 1976 by Canadian National (CN) who wanted to demonstrate the strength of Canadian industry by building a tower taller than any other in the world.
  • CN Tower opened to the public on June 26, 1976
  • CN Tower holds the Guinness World Record for the World's Tallest Building

Tallest buildings:
  • Eiffel Tower (Paris) - 324 m
  • Empire State (New York) - 381 m
  • Sears Tower (Chicago) - 442 m
  • Petronas Towers (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia) - 452 m
  • Taipei 101 (Taipei, Taiwan) - 508 m
  • CN Tower (Toronto) - 553 m
  • Burj Dubai (Dubai) - Current height = 555 m; Projected height = 800 m
For more information of those buildings, go to

Globe and Mail
National Post

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