WestWing From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 2146 posts, RR: 7 Posted (8 years 8 months 3 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 2281 times:
The Burj Dubai hotel (under construction) has passed just the CN tower as the tallest freestanding structure. Maybe the CN tower's record duration is not quite as impressive as that of Pyramid at Giza (c. 4000 years) , but a 30 year reign as the tallest freestanding structure is quite an achievement.
LAXspotter From India, joined Jan 2007, 3650 posts, RR: 4
Reply 1, posted (8 years 8 months 3 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 2213 times:
Quoting WestWing (Thread starter): CN tower's record duration is not quite as impressive as that of Pyramid at Giza (c. 4000 years
Kind of shows the amazing architectural genius and overall excellence of the Egyptian Civilization doesnt it? oh BTW, the CN is one amazing looking structure, adds to the distinct flavor of the Toronto skyline.
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WestWing From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 2146 posts, RR: 7
Reply 6, posted (8 years 8 months 3 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 2157 times:
Quoting StuckInCA (Reply 5): I never understood the "freestanding structure" bit
There are radio/TV transmission towers that are taller than the CN tower, but they are stabilized with guy cables.
The CN Tower does not have anything "external" to it's own structure to stabilize it. That's it - in a nutshell.
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Jean Leloup From Canada, joined Apr 2001, 2116 posts, RR: 18
Reply 7, posted (8 years 8 months 3 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 2150 times:
Quoting StuckInCA (Reply 5): I never understood the "freestanding structure" bit.
I semi-agree, but I woulnd't call it desperate. Just a Canaidan tendecny to be clear and not TOO proud. It has always been the tallest 'building', too, if you want to call it that... but some people don't consider it a building, for various reasons. The qualifier 'freestanding structure' just means that there are a handful of TV transmission towers that are taller, but which are held up by cables. None of these towers is really any kind of attraction, though. The tallest one is in North Dakota, and I had a hard time even finding where it was.
So the CN tower was the highest building you could actually 'go up' - although you couldn't go all the way to the top. Now. Burj Dubai has that distinction, although you can only go to the top if you're a crane operator, I guess.