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Progressive list of World's Tallest Buildings

Burj Khalifa is at presently (2017) the world's tallest building.


The table shows a progressive history of the world's tallest buildings (buildings in the sense of being regularly inhabited or occupied). However, it should be noted that the world's tallest man–made 'structiure' was the Great Pyramid of Giza for over 3,800 years, until the construction of Lincoln Cathedral in 1300. The world's tallest structures (and buildings!) were then churches and cathedrals until the completion of the Washington Monument. Later, the Eiffel Tower (and, in the 21st Century, some television towers and radio masts) were the world's tallest structures (see the table at foot of page).

World's Tallest Buildings Timeline

Tallest (years) Name (and location) Height (m)
13th century–1300 Old St Paul's Cathedral (London) 149
1300–1549 Lincoln Cathedral (Lincoln, England) 159.7
1549–1647 St. Mary's Church (Stralsund, northern Germany) 151
1647–1874 Strasbourg Cathedral (Strasbourg, France) 142
1874–1876 Church of St. Nicholas (Hamburg, Germany) 147
1876–1880 Rouen Cathedral (Normandy, France) 151
1880–1890 Cologne Cathedral (Cologne, Germany) 157.38
1890–1901 Ulm Minster (Ulm, Germany)) 161.53
1901–1908 Philadelphia City Hall (Philadelphia) 167
1908–1909 Singer Building (New York City) 186.57
1909–1913 Metropolitan Life Tower (New York City) 213.36
1913–1930 Woolworth Building (New York City) 241.4
1930 Bank of Manhattan Trust Building (New York City) 283
1930–1931 Chrysler Building (New York City) 318.8
1931–1972 Empire State Building (New York City) 381
1972–1974 World Trade Center (New York City) 417
1974–1998 Sears Tower (Chicago) 442
1998–2004 Petronas Towers (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia) 451.9
2004–2010 Taipei 101 (Taipei City, Taiwan) 509.2
2010- Burj Khalifa (Dubai, United Arab Emirates) 828

If we are considering tallest structures and not buildings we need to replace some of the buildings in the above list with the below structures. Note: We have not included the later radio masts and television towers.

Progressive list of Tallest Structures in the World - relate with above timeline

Tallest (years) Name (and location) Height (m)
2560BC-1300AD The Great Pyramid of Giza (Egypt) 146
1884-1889 Washington Monument (USA) 169
1889-1930 Eiffel Tower (Paris, France) 300