## Thursday, March 28, 2013

### The Tallest Building in the World?

On March 31, 1889, the Eiffel Tower first opened. It is an impressive iron lattice tower located on the Champ de Mars in Paris, named after the engineer Gustave Eiffel, whose company designed and built the tower. When the Eiffel Tower was unveiled at the Paris World's Fair in 1889,  it was the tallest building in the world. Can you guess which building is the world's tallest today?

The Eiffel Tower was built in commemoration of the French Revolution and stands 324 meters tall. Can you calculate how high that is in feet? (See the answer below.) As a point of comparison, the Trump International Hotel and Tower in Chicago is 423 meters tall.

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This is a photo my friend took while visiting Paris during the Christmas season several years ago. The Eiffel Tower was decorated for the holidays and looked unbelievable lit up at night. For more photos, check out the official photo gallery, complete with backstage tour and 360 degree virtual tour of Paris from the tower: http://www.tour-eiffel.fr/

The Eiffel Tower is 1063 feet tall, but it no longer comes close to being the tallest building in the world. The tallest building right now is in Dubai, which is part of the United Arab Emirates. It is the Burj Khalifa, which stands 828 meters tall (that's an amazing 2717 feet). In case you're wondering about the other tall buildings in the world, here's a list of the Top 10 tallest buildings in the world today: www.sciencekids.co.nz/

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