Quiz: Can you guess these famous skylines?
A city's skyline helps to define it; from the Eiffel Tower in Paris to Seattle's Space Needle. These structures that give a city its shape also hint at the culture therein; whether a mark of a booming economy, a cultural center, or a towering nod to luxury. As buildings have climbed higher into the sky, their shapes have become synonymous with the land they're built on and tell stories we want to remember. Similarly, the departure of an iconic building—whether the World Trade Center towers or Chicago's Morrison Hotel—takes a piece of city history with it.
If you love skylines and quizzes, this slideshow was made for you. Stacker identified 25 iconic skylines and curated photos that first give a hint as to the destination’s location—think of it as a view through a keyhole, after which we’ll unlock its identity with a full picture of the city.
Some of the skylines have appeared in famous movies like “Skyfall” and “The Dark Knight.” Others have been around since ancient times and feature castles, cathedrals, and dazzling domes. While some cities are dotted with sweeping skyscrapers amid streets brimming with buildings, other skylines pay homage to the wonders of nature. A few of the skylines fuse nature with modern buildings, while others combine ancient edifices with lush landscapes.
Whether you have seen the following cities personally or in travel books, this slideshow serves as a reminder of all the wonder surrounding us in the world—and is filled with worthy additions to any must-visit bucket list. Keep reading to test your knowledge of this international lineup and see how many iconic skylines you recognize.
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The skyline of this European city includes Brunelleschi's famous dome. Visitors often climb the 463 stairs to view the breathtaking panoramic view of the city.
This city’s skyline includes the world’s tallest building. And it’s not only the tallest—it also has the largest number of stories in the world.
Answer: Dubai, United Arab Emirates
The previous aerial view of Dubai features decorations surrounding the city’s Burj Khalifa skyscraper. Dubai’s skyline is instantly recognizable because of Burj Khalifa’s formidable height, and it also includes the serpentine Cayan Tower and the Museum of the Future. The $1 billion Za'abeel project, which will look like a capital “H” and include a 228-meter horizontal steel bridge called "The Link,” is slated to open in 2021 and will add a new dimension to the skyline.
This tower is one of its parent city’s tallest structures, as well as its most famous landmark.
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Shanghai’s iconic skyline is often photographed from the popular tourist spot “the Bund.” The contemporary Chinese skyline brims with skyscrapers, including a famous trio in the financial district (the Jin Mao, the Shanghai World Financial Center, and the Shanghai Tower), as well as the Pearl Tower.
Christ the Redeemer welcomes people to explore this famous South American city resplendent with natural beauty.
Answer: Rio de Janeiro
While Christ the Redeemer is a landmark often seen in the skyline of Rio, the view from Sugarloaf Mountain highlights the magnificent geography of the land. This year’s New Year’s Eve celebration will feature a light show across the city’s skyline.
This aerial perspective offers a unique view of the commercial and residential buildings in this crowded city. The signature skyline is lauded for its skyscrapers amid natural beauty.
Answer: Hong Kong
The Hong Kong skyline is perhaps best seen from Victoria Peak. The juxtaposition of the natural beauty from this vantage point, paired with the towering skyscrapers, makes Hong Kong’s skyline a great backdrop for blockbuster movies like the appropriately named “Skyscraper.”
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