Imagine a sunset with a world-class urban landscape and skyline. Have a read below to find out about some of the most iconic skylines. Some have skyscrapers reaching world record heights. Others are less obvious city skyline destinations. All these suggestions are 'instagrammable' locations and offer the perfect back drop of a photo that is perfect for your social media accounts.
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Set against an Atlantic Ocean harbor, Rio de Janeiro is one of the most admired skylines in the world. The beautiful panoramic views are composed of a combination of factors. In addition to the beautiful Atlantic coastline, some of the world's most stunning beaches are located here. Let's not forget the amazing tropical jungle and numerous sloping hills that create the city's beautiful urban landscape. We mustn't also forget the statue of Christ the Redeemer that undeniably dominates the city. The statue stands tall on a mountain above the city and it can be seen from almost everywhere in the city.
Considering that the surrounding water beautifully reflects most colours of the illuminated skyscrapers the skyline of Singapore by nighttime is one of the most colourful ones in the world. The world's most expensive building, The Marina Bay Tower, is found amongst this unique skyline. The Marina Bay Tower is worth $5.7 billion you can find other skyscrapers such as One Raffles Place (918 feet tall), Republic Plaza (918 feet tall), United Overseas Bank Plaza One (918 feet tall) and the Capital Tower (833 feet tall).
The Seattle skyline has been the focus of many photographic projects including calendars, postcards and souvenirs. This landscape is unique in that the city is on a Puget Sound (a sound along the northwestern coast of the US state of Washington) and is surrounded by the Cascade Mountains. The most iconic feature of this skyline would be the Space Needle, a 605-foot observation deck. It is built to withstand winds of up to 200 miles per hour (89 m/s) and earthquakes of up to 9.1 magnitude , which is as strong as the 1700 Cascadia earthquake.
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London's skyline is architecturally the most different as there is a combination of architectural styles ranging from modern to historical. Overall the buildings here re-elect centuries of architecture. Big Ben, the Palace of Westminster, the London Eye and the Gherkin are some of the most renowned elements of this skyline. With planning permission being granted for building projects further away from the city's two financial districts, London's skyline is going to transform over the next three years. By 2020 new skyscrapers will be cropping up all across London, including two new high-rises in the heart of the City itself.
This skyline has experienced considerable growth in the last two decades. In fact, it has been growing at a rate of about 10 percent a year over the past 20 years and now is home to 23.5 million people. This is nearly double what it was back in 1987. Over 7,000 new buildings over 11 stories high have been added to keep up with an ever growing population. Today, Shangai is the most populated city and the fastest-growing city in the world. Although the tallest building in the skyline is the 101 floor Shangai Worlds Financial Center, the most recognized skyscraper is the Oriental Pearl Tower. It has 11 spheres, a revolving restaurant and an impressive light display.