The Capital Gate is a skyscraper in Abu Dhabi, capital of the United Arab Emirates. It was designed with a striking lean which features an 18-degree incline to the west, nearly five times that of the Leaning Tower of Pisa in Italy. It is 160 meters (520 feet) high, with 35 stories, making it one of the tallest buildings in the city. In June 2010, the Guinness Book of World Records certified the Capital Gate as the "world’s furthest leaning man-made tower."
The world-famous Leaning Tower of Pisa ranks second on this list. It is a bell tower of the Cathedral of the Italian city of Pisa, known for its unintended tilt to one side. The construction of the tower began in 1173. However, only five or six years later, the tower began to tilt to the southeast, caused by an inadequate ground foundation – basically one that proved too soft on one side. Upon its completion in 1372, the tower was only bowing down some 4.5 feet downwards. As time passed by, the angle of the 16,000-ton tower has become more precarious.
Built between 1994 and 1997 in a garden city west of Holland’s capital Amsterdam, the WoZoCo Apartments have been home to private residents for over 55 years. The original plan limited the number of apartments to 87 units per block, with each tenant being promised good natural lighting. However, the client's request later changed to 100 units per block. To avoid occupying more land, 13 additional units were hung from the facade north of the main structure.
Meteora literally means “hovering in the air" in Greek. The Meteora Monasteries are a cluster of medieval monasteries, and one of the largest and most important complexes of Eastern Orthodox monasteries in Greece. Located atop towering natural rock pillars, 24 monasteries were constructed during the 15th century despite incredible difficulties. Now there are six of them still in use. Until little under a hundred years ago, people could only reach the steep cliffs in a hanging basket or by climbing flimsy rope ladders. Today, they can be easily accessed through roads, steps and bridges.
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