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Saturday, September 15, 2007


The Second-Tallest Structure

In Toronto, Canada, you can see a very tall building called the CN Tower from almost everywhere you walk. It was the tallest structure in the world until the day we arrived, last Wednesday. In a far country called Dubai, a new tall building is under construction, and on Wednesday, the workers made it just a little taller than the CN Tower.

I could see the tower across this stadium:
We could see the tower when we walked across a little bridge near Lake Ontario:

If you look at the big building in this photo (which also appears in the previous photo), you can see the shadow of the CN Tower:
It's fun to see a very tall building. An elevator takes people up to the top of the tower where they can see the lake and the city. We did not take this elevator ride, we just looked at the tower from many places in Toronto.

If you like numbers about tall buildings and structures here are a few:
Burj Dubai -- reached 555 meters on Wednesday (to be completed 2008)
CN Tower -- 553 meters (not counted as a building, only a structure, completed 1976)
Taipei 101 -- 508 meters, former tallest building before Burj Dubai (completed 2001)
Empire State Building -- 443.2 meters, once the tallest building (completed 1931)
Eiffel Tower -- 324 meters (completed 1889)

There are many more tall buildings in the world, and several under construction that may be taller than Burj Dubai in a few years.

Here is Arny's photo of the CN Tower from last year:

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