The Top Tallest Man-Made Structures of All Time

You have probably seen skyscrapers in cities, but have you ever wondered what the tallest man-made structures could? Buildings are just one of them and it is completely incredible what man has achieved in constructing structures towards the sky. Some are so tall that if you are afraid of heights, then you would never dare to venture into any of them. But if you love structures and you love heights, then you will be thrilled to learn about some of the tallest structures ever built by man, and the good news is that some of them are actually tourist attraction centers where you could easily visit after you go for an online passport renewal. Here is at a look at them.


Television transmissions are nowadays digital, but back in the days, they were analog and they had to use satellite dishes and communication with some being very tall and rising up in the sky. Iowa’s TV tower in Sioux City is one such tower, being the tallest tower in the state of Iowa and also one of the tallest man-made structures. The tower stands at 2000 feet tall and ever since it was constructed in 1965, it still holds the record of the tallest structure in Iowa. 

KATV Tower

The KATV Tower is located in Redfield in Arkansas and it is another tower making it to our list of the tallest structure ever made by men. The tower has been one of a kind since it was installed in 1965 and it was the undisputed tallest structure in the state of Arkansas until 2008 when it collapsed. Though it is no longer available, it still retains its spot as one of the tallest structures to ever be constructed by man.

Petronius Platform

The Petronius Platform

The Petronius Platform is a massive oil rig off the coast of New Orleans and it stands at over 2100 feet tall. The exact location of the rig is in the Gulf of Mexico, and when compared with other rigs in the region, it dwarfs all of them without any mercy and it would be like comparing David and Goliath in the Bible.

KOVR Tower

The KOVR Tower is found in Walnut Grove in California and it has been in use since its installation in 2000. The telecommunication tower measures about 2000 feet and up to date, it remains to be the tallest and the largest tower in the state of California. With the vast amounts of huge structures in California, looking at this tower than at the other structures will create a great contrast at just how tall the tower is.


The KRDK TV Tower is in North Dakota in Traill County. It is the fifth tallest structure in the world. It was installed in 1998 and it is still used for transmitting television signals up to this day. The original tower was installed was back in the fifties and it suffered two collapses, one in 1968 and one in 1997 and it was after the last collapse the current one was constructed. The tower has a height of 2060 feet, making it one of the tallest manmade structures present today. 


The KVLY TV Tower was installed in 1963 and it is just three feet taller than the KRDK TV Tower found in the neighboring North Dakota. The tower is 2063 feet tall, making it the largest structure in the state of North Dakota and also it holds the reputation of being the tallest communication mast in the entire world. That alone, makes it a nice tourist attraction for those who cherish height and structures.

shanghai tower

Shanghai Tower

It would have been nearly impossible to mention tall structures in the world and fail to talk about some of the building in world’s leading cities like Shanghai in China. The construction of the Shanghai Tower ended in the summer of 2015 and it became of the mega structures with enviable heights today. The tower is found in Lujiazui Pudong and it stands at a height of 2073 feet. The structure has a total of 128 stories and currently, it holds the reputation of being the largest structure in China.

Tokyo Sky Tree

There was also no way the tallest man-made structures would be mentioned without talking about the Tokyo Sky Tree. The structure’s construction was completed in March 2011 and it has a total height of 2080 feet. For some time, the structure was the tallest in the world, but it still remains the tallest in Japan. It houses a myriad of offices, shopping centers, restaurants as well as an observation tower where tourists can enjoy breathtaking views of the city of Tokyo.

The Warsaw Radio Mast

Since its installation in 1974, the Warsaw Radio mast has continuously enjoyed a top spot in the list of the tallest structures in the world. The mast stands at 2120 feet tall and it was used for transmitting broadcast signals until it collapsed in 1991. Though the tower was not replaced, it still enjoys a spot as being the second largest manmade structure of all times. When it was still around, it was one of the top tourist attractions in Poland, and it sheer height would dwarf every other thing in the skyline.

The Burj Khalifa

The Burj Khalifa in Dubai

And now comes the tallest man-made structure of all times – The Burj Khalifa in Dubai. The massive structure has a total height of 2717 feet, making it the tallest structure ever constructed by man. Due to its size, the construction of the building came with a lot of challenges. It began in 2004 and was completed in 2010. It houses over 160 stories and in it is also where you will find the world’s highest outdoor observation center as well as the longest service elevator in the world. If you are planning a trip to Dubai, then as you plan for your online passport renewal and planning your itinerary, be sure to include a visit to this massive structure in your plans. Definitely not to be added to the itinerary of anyone who is afraid of heights!

So there you have it, the top tallest man-made structures of all time. Not what you were expecting, was it? I’m sure we will have to revisit the list in a few years to update and add more items to the list. Have you visited any of these structures? If so, leave a comment below and tell us about your experience! We look forward to reading your thoughts on them!

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