The Houses of Parliament The Palace of Parliament in Bucharest, Romania, is thought to be the world's heaviest structure. It is mainly made up of concrete and has a maximum height of 90 meters (295 feet). The building was completed in 1978.
The Chrysler Building In New York City, New York, United States, the Chrysler Building is the tallest all-glass skyscraper in the world. It was designed by American architect William Van Alen and built from 1930 to 1932. At 1,033 feet (319 m), it was also long considered the world's fastest building until the introduction of the Lever Arch Truss in 1914. The Chrysler Building has 88 floors, making it one floor less than the Empire State Building.
The World Trade Center Twin towers in New York City, New York, United States. They were the tallest buildings in the world for three years running: 1972 - 1976. Today, both buildings are luxury hotels.
The Petronas Tower This office tower is the third-highest building in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. It stands 528 meters (1,723 ft) tall and has 52 floors. It was built in 1998 and is mostly used for business offices.
The Houses of Parliament The Palace of Parliament in Bucharest is the world's heaviest edifice, according to Guinness World Records. It is made up of 700,000 tonnes of steel and bronze, one million square feet of marble, 3500 tonnes of crystal, and 900,000 square meters of wood. It's been called a monster, a beast, and a terror. And it makes Buckingham Palace look like a baby by comparison.
The Great Wall of China Although not officially recognized by the record-keepers at Guinness World Records, the Great Wall of China has become the longest standing human construction ever built. The wall was originally constructed around 2300 BC to protect against invasion from northern tribes such as the Mongols. It still stands today in all its imposing glory. The weight of the wall has been estimated to be between 20 and 40 billion pounds based on its height and size.
The Eiffel Tower When it was first erected in 1889, the Eiffel Tower was considered revolutionary technology. It was the first time that metal scaffolding had been used to support a building, instead of wood. The tower is named after its inventor, Gustave Eiffel. At the time it was built, it was the tallest man-made structure in the world. Today, it is still the third tallest free-standing structure in Paris and remains a popular attraction with tourists from around the world.
The Chrysler Building The Chrysler Building is an art deco skyscraper in New York City.
The British architect designed one of India's most prominent structures. The President's home is housed in this structure. The structure is made of colourful marbles. Herbert Baker designed the Parliament House, the seat of the world's largest democracy. The house is made up of 247 pillars. Each pillar is different and represents a country that was part of the British Empire at that time.
Herbert Baker also designed the Victoria Memorial in Kolkata (Calcutta). It is a memorial to Queen Victoria and was built after her death in 1901.
The Victoria Memorial is made of white Portland stone and has three steps on which it stands. On each side of the steps are statues of warriors bearing swords and shields. These are said to be representations of Indian rulers who fought against the British but were defeated by them. At the top of the steps is a large statue of the queen dressed in royal robes. She is holding a scepter in her left hand and with her right arm raised as if in victory.
The Victoria Memorial is not just a monument to the queen but also to all those who lost their lives while fighting against the British. It is estimated that over 15,000 people lost their lives during these wars.
India has some amazing buildings constructed by the British. But, the only two buildings that come to mind first are the Taj Mahal and the President's home in Mumbai (formerly called Bombay).
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Architects' picks for the world's 22 most beautiful structures
The most costly constructions are listed here.
|Building||City||Nominal cost ($USbillion)|
|One World Trade Center||New York City||3.80|
|Lotte World Tower||Seoul||3.11|
|Emirates Palace||Abu Dhabi||3.00|
|Palace of the Parliament||Bucharest||3.00|
Since 2010, the tallest building has been Dubai's 828-metre (2,717-foot) Burj Khalifa. The Burj Khalifa has been designated as a megatall... the world's highest structure.
|City||Ho Chi Minh City|