62m; Step pyramid from the 3rd dynasty of ancient Egypt.
2610 BC - 2605 BC; Egypt
94m; Early 4th dynasty Egyptian pyramid of Sneferu.
2605 BC - 2600 BC; Egypt
101m; Another pyramid of Sneferu.
2600 BC - 2560 BC; Egypt
105m; Sneferu's final and largest pyramid.
2560 BC - 1311 AD; Egypt
146m (139m today); The oldest of the seven wonders of the ancient world, it is the only one still standing today.
1311 AD - 1549 AD; England
160m; Construction of the cathedral took over 200 years. Its central spire collapsed in a storm in 1549. Remained the tallest man-made structure the world had seen until 1884.
1549 AD - 1647 AD; Germany
151m; Never the tallest man-made structure the world had ever seen, its spire was struck by lightning in 1647 AD.
1647 AD - 1874 AD; France
142m; Took over 400 years to construct. Shorter than the initial height of the Great Pyramid, which had by 1647 AD succumbed to a height of about 140m.
1874 AD - 1876 AD; Germany
147m; Remains the second tallest building in Hamburg today.
Tallest During; Country
1876 AD - 1880 AD; France
151m; Took over 670 years to complete construction.
1880 AD - 1884 AD; Germany
157m; Took over 630 years to complete construction.
1884 AD - 1889 AD; USA
169m; Exceeded the maximum height of Lincoln Cathedral. Also the tallest obelisk and stone structure in the world today.
1889 AD - 1930 AD; France
300m; Constructed for the 1889 World Fair in Paris. In 1957 a radio antenna was added for a total height of 324m.
1930 AD - 1931 AD; USA
319m; The first sky scraper to be the world's tallest structure.
1931 AD - 1967 AD; USA
381m; Has 102 stories. With added antennas its height today is 443m.
1967 AD - 1975 AD; Russia
537m; Tallest structure in Europe today. Built to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the October Revolution.
1975 AD - 2007 AD; Canada
553m; Tallest structure in the Western Hemisphere today. Construction took three years.
2007 AD - present; UAE
830m; Tallest structure in the world today. Originally titled Burj Dubai. Construction of the $1.5 billion skyscraper began in 2004. It was open to the public in early 2010. 900 apartments exist in the skyscraper with 163 floors.
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