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Old March 1st, 2011, 06:36 PM   #1
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Tall old buildings (pre 20th century)

Tall old buildings - Please read before posting

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-19th century and older, buildings that have been damaged or destroyed later but reconstructed in their former shape are also allowed, but not "replicas" of mythical or rumoured buildings
-How tall is tall do you decide.

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-The information about the structure:
1. Add the name of the structure
2. The country
3. The time of its construction (and other historical construction/destruction events if you find such, such as having parts added/removed which affected its height)
4. And of course the height. (It's the current height that should be noted first)

(And sources are of course always nice)


I will make an index in this first post, to show which buildings have been posted and the information on them, when I've got a bit more time, and I'd like to have some sources to check the info (height and construction years/timeline) through before I post it. If there's something to discuss regarding the data or the sources then please PM me.
You'll see what I mean when I start off.
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Belfry of Bruges - Belgium - 83 metres (272 ft)

Belfry of Bruges - Belgium - 83 metres (272 ft)
Built around 1240, rebuilt in 1280 after a devastating fire

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The octagonal upper stage of the belfry was added between 1483 to 1487, and capped with a wooden spire bearing an image of Saint Michael, banner in hand and dragon underfoot. The spire did not last long: a lightning strike in 1493 reduced it to ashes, and destroyed the bells as well. A wooden spire crowned the summit again for some two-and-a-half centuries, before it, too, fell victim to flames in 1741. The spire was never replaced again, thus making the current height of the building somewhat lower than in the past; but an openwork stone parapet in Gothic style was added to the rooftop in 1822.


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Old March 1st, 2011, 06:38 PM   #3
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Towers of Bologna - Italy - 48 metres (Garisenda Tower) and 97 metres

Towers of Bologna - Italy - 48 metres (Garisenda Tower) and 97 metres (Asinelli Tower)
Built between the 12th and 13th century


http://www.orangesmile.com/travelgui...ogna/index.htm

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Torrazzo of Cremona - Italy - 112.7 metres (343 ft 6 in)

Torrazzo of Cremona - Italy - 112.7 metres (343 ft 6 in)
Completed in 1309

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According to popular tradition, construction on the tower began in 754. In reality, it was built in four phases: a first dating back to the 1230s, up to the third dripstone, a second, between 1250 and 1267, up to the dripstone under the quadriphore, a third around 1284, and the completion of the marble spire in 1309.


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Old March 1st, 2011, 06:40 PM   #5
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St. Martin's Church, Landshut - Germany - 130.6 metres (428 ft)

St. Martin's Church, Landshut - Germany - 130.6 metres (428 ft)
Built between 1389 and 1500



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Old March 1st, 2011, 07:14 PM   #6
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Park Row Building, New York: 391 ft / 119.18 m. Opened 1899

Park Row Building, New York: 391 ft / 119.18 m. Opened 1899. Tallest office building in the world from 1899 to 1908.

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Old March 1st, 2011, 07:24 PM   #7
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Grimsby Dock tower UK, 200m 61m, 1852



Greenock Victoria Tower 1886, 245ft/ 75m



Victoria Tower, London 323ft/98m
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Old March 1st, 2011, 07:32 PM   #8
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Blackpool Tower, UK, 158m/518ft 1894

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Old March 1st, 2011, 07:36 PM   #9
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Medieval skyscrapers at San Gimignano Italy

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Old March 3rd, 2011, 06:45 PM   #11
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Liuhe Pagoda - China - 59.89 metres (196 ft)

Liuhe Pagoda - China - 59.89 metres (196 ft)
Originally constructed in year 970 AD during the Northern Song Dynasty (960 - 1127 AD), destroyed in 1121, and reconstructed fully by 1165, during the Southern Song Dynasty (1127 - 1279 AD).



http://www.travelchinaplanner.com/ht...es_pagoda.html

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Old March 4th, 2011, 12:51 AM   #12
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Domtoren (Domtower), Utrecht - The Netherlands
113m/371ft, the tower was finished in 1382

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Kalyazin Belfry - 74,5m - 1800 - Kalyazin, Russia.





http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flooded_Belfry

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The Kalyazin Bell Tower is a Neoclassical campanile rising to a height of 74.5 metres (244 ft) over the waters of the Uglich Reservoir on the Volga River opposite the old town of Kalyazin.

The steepled belfry was built in 1796-1800 as part of the Monastery of St. Nicholas with a pentacupolar katholikon dating from 1694.[1] Of its 12 bells, the largest weighed some 1038 poods. It was cast in 1895 to commemorate the coronation of Nicholas II of Russia.[2]

When Joseph Stalin ordered the construction of the Uglich Reservoir in 1939, the old part of Kalyazin, including several medieval structures, was swallowed by the waves. The katholikon was dismantled, whilst the belfry was left sticking above the water.
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Old March 4th, 2011, 09:50 PM   #14
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Trinity Lavra Belltower - 88m - 1770 - Sergiyev Posad, Russia





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In 1744, Empress Elizabeth conferred on the cloister the dignity of the Lavra. The metropolitan of Moscow was henceforth also the Archimandrite of the Lavra. Elizabeth particularly favoured the Trinity and annually proceeded afoot from Moscow to the cloister. Her secret spouse Alexey Razumovsky accompanied her on such journeys and commissioned a baroque church to the Virgin of Smolensk, the last major shrine to be erected in the Lavra. Another pledge of Elizabeth's affection for the monastery is a white-and-blue baroque belltower, which, at 88 meters, was one of the tallest structures built in Russia up to that date. Its architects were Ivan Michurin and Dmitry Ukhtomsky.
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Ivan the Great Bell Tower - 81m - Moscow, Russia





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The Ivan the Great Bell Tower (Russian: ) is the tallest of the bell towers ringing the Moscow Kremlin complex, with a total height of 81 meters (266 feet).

Following the death of Ivan III (also called Ivan the Great) in 1505, his son Vasily III ordered new tower as a monument to honour his father. From 1505 to 1508, the new bell tower was erected next to the church on the foundation of the old tower, which gave it its name. At first, it had 2 belfries on different levels, but in 1600 on the orders of Boris Godunov it was raised to its present height.
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Old March 4th, 2011, 10:03 PM   #16
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Epiphany Cathedral - 74m -1897 - Kazan, Russia

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Ulm Minster - 161m, 1371-1890, tallest church in the world.

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St. Mary's Church, Gdańsk, 82m, 1343-1502. The biggest brick church in the world

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Old March 6th, 2011, 12:19 AM   #18
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La Plata's cathedral towers are 112m tall and is also done with bricks.
construction starter in 1884 and finished in 1990.

It is said to be the tallest brick church in the world also.
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Old March 6th, 2011, 11:37 PM   #19
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When I said biggest I didn't mean highest, it's just very huge in general. But 82m tower is also good I think. Anyway, just see wiki or anything else http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St._Mar...h,_Gda%C5%84sk
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built as the second tallest building after the Egyptian pyramids and is still the tallest pure-brick tower in the world: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gonbad-e_Qabus

Gonbad-e Qabus - Iran - 72 metres (236 ft)
Completed in 1006 AD

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