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Old December 24th, 2013, 12:36 AM   #1
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Capital city with best skyline

Which country's capital city has the best skyline?

Height is not important. Quality of buildings, natural setting and overall aesthetics are
No city states

To start the discussion, here are some examples:

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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AUH Skyline by JoyCaluma, on Flickr

Astana, Kazakhstan
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New Astana Skyline by Ken and Nyetta, on Flickr

Beijing, China
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Beijing - Skyline by Beschty, on Flickr

Berlin, Germany
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Berlin XXL Skyline by claudecastor, on Flickr

Brasilia, Brazil
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Panorâmica Bizarra by Rafael Dietzsch, on Flickr

Buenos Aires, Argentina
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Buenos Aires night skyline by maxem en flickr, on Flickr

Hanoi, Vietnam
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Untitled_Panorama126s by Hanoi's Panorama & Skyline Gallery, on Flickr

Jakarta, Indonesia
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Jakarta by mikethevilla, on Flickr

Kiev, Ukraine
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Kyiv - skyline of Pechersky district by Dima_Korol, on Flickr

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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Kuala Lumpur Skyline by Ezry A Rahman, on Flickr

London, United Kingdom
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London panorama by Ray Wise, on Flickr

Madrid, Spain
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fall panorama - Madrid by Mike Slichenmyer, on Flickr

Manila, Philippines
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Makati Panorama by azilade, on Flickr

Moscow, Russia
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Spectacular panorama of Moscow city with golden river at sunset by Christopher Lawson Photography, on Flickr

Ottawa, Canada
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Ottawa Skyline by Asif A. Ali, on Flickr

Paris, France
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Paris, the city of lights by Skatry, on Flickr

Pretoria, South Africa
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Pretoria, South Africa by Lin.y.c, on Flickr

Santiago, Chile
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despierta la ciudad by peterhaupt, on Flickr

Tallinn, Estland
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Tallinn skyline by n.pantazis, on Flickr

Vienna, Austria
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panoramic view of vienna by trbuh, on Flickr

Warsaw, Poland
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Magda M by Bart0lini, on Flickr
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Old December 24th, 2013, 02:20 AM   #2
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nice cities missing in the list: Tokyo, Panama City, Seoul, Bangkok

my favorite would still be Kuala Lumpur though
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Old December 24th, 2013, 03:56 AM   #3
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good enough to abu dhabi, the capital of which is in rapid development
also Jakarta that has many beautiful buildings but unfortunately spread and also has a large area
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Old December 24th, 2013, 04:38 AM   #4
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A lot of these photo's are out of date, but nice tread though.
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Old December 24th, 2013, 05:14 AM   #5
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nice cities missing in the list: Tokyo, Panama City, Seoul, Bangkok

my favorite would still be Kuala Lumpur though
I wasn't trying to make a list of all the capital cities with skylines. Just wanted to show a few to kickstart a discussion. Good suggestions, though.

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A lot of these photo's are out of date, but nice tread though.
Yeah, some are outdated, but once I started using only panoramas, my choices became somewhat limited.

Bangkok, Thailand
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Bangkok's skyline by Ammar Khalaf, on Flickr

Panama City, Panama
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Trump Hotel Panama In the Panama City Skyline by Trump Hotel Panama, on Flickr

Pyongyang, North Korea
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Pyongyang by Marko Moudrak, on Flickr

Seoul, South Korea
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Seoul Skyline, A (Radioactive?) Future by KS ~, on Flickr

Tokyo, Japan
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Tokyo Skyline Sunset - 1 by Kurt_Hammond, on Flickr

I think, that of all the capital cities, Moscow stands out. It is massive, just like the country and its skyline incorporates the old, the new and the ugly. It's like an architectural record of Russia's history, which is incredibly rich. In my opinion, Moscow's a proper capital.
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Old December 24th, 2013, 06:56 AM   #6
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I'd have to give it to Tokyo.
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Old December 24th, 2013, 07:27 AM   #7
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Some more capital city skylines .



Bogota, Colombia

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Bogota Skyline by lesgra, on Flickr


Brussels, Belgium

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Brussels - panorama by B.Romain, on Flickr


Nairobi, Kenya

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Nairobi Skyline by George Mulala, on Flickr


Panama City, Panama

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vista de la ciudad de panama by Alexis Góndola, on Flickr
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Old December 24th, 2013, 05:49 PM   #8
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Old December 24th, 2013, 09:52 PM   #9
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Old December 24th, 2013, 09:59 PM   #10
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I've always liked Ottawa's skyline. Not much height, but the surroundings and denisty is nice.
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Old December 24th, 2013, 10:39 PM   #11
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London, Kuala Lumpur and Bangkok.
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How can you have the London skyline without the Shard?
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Old December 24th, 2013, 11:35 PM   #13
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Yeah the London one is really old!

Never really realised that capital cities are not usually the ones which have the best skylines within their countries.
And funny how the best ones, for this thread, would therefore be European skylines.

The good ones I can think of right now would be Moscow, London and Paris - in this order.
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Old December 25th, 2013, 02:24 AM   #14
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Nothing beats Tokyo, as of now! It's got quality architecture, density, quantity and beautiful mountains to complement the skyline
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Old December 25th, 2013, 04:10 AM   #15
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Alright, here's my top 5:

5. Tokyo, Japan
Incredible city, beautiful setting. Don't like the sterile look of a lot of the buildings there.
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Peaceful Sunday by hidesax, on Flickr

4. Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
I love the Etihad Towers.
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Abu Dhabi by Jefferson Bernardes, on Flickr

3. Doha, Qatar
Love the sexy, modern skyscrapers. Classy, not tacky like the ones in Dubai. But unfortunately no famous historic buildings.
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EXPLORE #487 ----- LA CORNICHE : NOTTURNO --- THE CORNICHE by NIGHT by Ezio Donati back but slow, on Flickr

2. London, United Kingdom
Great mix of new and old. A lot of famous landmark buildings. However, I don't like it, when skyscrapers are spread out, like they are in this city.
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London Skyline by raph.ae/, on Flickr

1. Moscow, Russia
Nice, compact core with beautiful skyscrapers (except the Mercury). Lot's of historic landmark buildings, like the Kremlin and St. Basil's Cathedral.
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Moscow Downtown Skyline by Wholesale of void, on Flickr

(Sorry for the outdated pictures in my first post)
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Old December 25th, 2013, 04:27 AM   #16
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Pyongyang, North Korea
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Pyongyang by Marko Moudrak, on Flickr
It actually looks sorta good from this angle
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Old December 25th, 2013, 04:56 AM   #17
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London would take the top spot on my list, if it looked more like this:

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It actually looks sorta good from this angle

It's actually possible to get some really nice photos of the skyline.

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Old December 25th, 2013, 05:57 AM   #19
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London would take the top spot on my list, if it looked more like this:

That would ruin london. London is fine the way it is, it doesn't need many skyscrapers.
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