The Eiffel Tower, in Paris, France, took only two years to build and was the tallest structure in the world when completed in 1889. The Petronas Towers, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia currently hold the record and are 1,483 ft (452 m) tall.
What are skyscrapers made of? How were early homes built? Why does the Leaning Tower of Pisa lean? From town houses to tower blocks, shrines to skyscrapers, find out about the amazing structures dreamed up by architects and made into reality by skilled engineers and builders.
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|Building Materials: From mud and stone to glass and plastic||6|
|World-Famous Structures: Some of the most well-known structures around the world: over 4,000 years of human achievement||8|
|Power Building: Grand structures symbolizing wealth and power||12|
|The Parthenon, Athens: The construction of this amazing temple more than 2,400 years ago||16|
|The Colosseum, Rome: A marvel of Roman architectural and engineering skill||17|
|Building for Worship: Cathedrals, churches, mosques, and other religious buildings||18|
|Bridges and Tunnels: The greatest challenges for architects and engineers provide some of the most spectacular structures||22|
|Building High: Tall buildings built before 1900, many of which are still standing today||24|
|Building Higher: The towers, skyscrapers, and other structures of the 20th and 21st centuries||27|
|Structures in Space: The biggest engineering project ever undertaken is now in progress in space||28|
|Super Structures Facts||31|