Wednesday, July 13, 2016

CN Tower, Toronto

Before entering Toronto, one can see from a far the impressive CN Tower, the tallest building in the Western hemisphere, completed in 1976. It was the tallest tower in the world until 2010, when the Canton Tower and Buri Khalifa were completed. In 1995, the CN Tower was classified as one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World by the American Society of Civil Engineers. It was named CN Tower because it was built by the railway company Canadian National.





The idea for such a tower in the capital city of Ontario began in 1968 in order to build a communications tower for TV and radio. The Skypod, where visitors can see Toronto from up-high, was actually not part of the original plan. Interestingly enough, the tower is able to withstand an earthquake as strong as 8.5 on the Richter scale and winds up to 260 miles per hour. 

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