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The 5 Most Dangerous Buildings In The World

For thousands of years, mankind has accomplished countless architectural marvels. Building buildings that inspire awe and stun the mind were not always expected by the cutting edge technology used in construction today. But even great building successes are as risky as they are revolutionary. In many instances, what gives the construction such exciting suspense is the aspect of risk. The following buildings are similar in their engineering achievements and the danger elements they bring to any tourists who dare to enter.

Cliffside

China has the Hanging Temple as its residence. Since the reign of the Northern Wei Dynasty this building has stood for over 1,400 years. At Mount Heng base it faces a sheer drop of almost 246 feet. Currently, this structure is the only temple in existence that serves as a place of worship for three religions: Confucianism, Taoism, and Buddhism; The temple is made of wood and consists of 40 halls. Beams were drilled into the rock surface in a hand-chiseled suit. Visitors who are courageous enough to reach the temple will find more than 80 Buddhist statues around the building.

A Stone Tower

Lichtenstein Castle in Germany, at an altitude of 817 meters above sea level, is another building that seems to be tottering on a cliffside. This wasn't the first castle to rest on this site. Previous buildings were built and collapsed into ruins that date back to about the 1200s. In 1840 Duke Wilhelm of Urach built Lichtenstein Castle. While there is still royal ownership of the castle, the doors are open to the public who want to make the journey skyward. Most tourists come for viewing and looking at the historic German armor and arms array. Different castles on this site have over the years exploited their day's common architectural stylings. By incorporating Neo-Gothic styles in its architecture, Lichtenstein adds to its allure high into the sky.

A Delicate Balance

In Japan, the Takasugi-an is probably the strangest and most unstable system ever to be introduced. The name translates to "a very big teahouse." It was built for private use by its architect. The one-room house, constructed off-site, was transported and placed on top of two chestnut trees. It is made primarily of bamboo and plaster, and can only be reached by using a single, stand-alone ladder that must be propped against one of the supporting trees' side.

Working on an Incline

As if they were taking a cue from Pisa's Leaning Tower, Puerta de Europa, or, in English, Gate of Europe, in Madrid, Spain features two buildings leaning towards each other at a 15-degree tilt. -- tower is 374 ft tall and has 26 floors. The identical towers are ominously looming over pedestrians and drivers who might pass under their shadows. The project ended as a joint venture between an American and a Spanish architectural company in 1996. Pisa's Leaning Tower, Puerta de Europa or in English, Gate of Europe, Madrid Spain

An Icon of Architectural Mistakes

Pisa's Leaning Tower also faces collapse. Actually this structure is a bell tower for a central cathedral that went horribly wrong. It was five years after its initial completion in 1173 that it started to turn to one side unintendedly. The lean is due to the lack of solid ground which rests on one side under its base. This side of the structure falling into the ground is now submerged by more than five feet, resulting in less than safe footing for the 16,000 ton house.

Many of these structures appeal to tourists because of their distinctive qualities and unsafe look. Although more adventurous people will flock to these as points of interest in their journeys, those people who have no thrill-seeking impulses will enjoy photographs from a safe distance on a secure basis far more happily.

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