World Trade Center: The Tallest Building In The World

By Jacob Shelton
World Trade Center (Photo by Boris Spremo/Toronto Star via Getty Images)

The World Trade Center will forever be associated with the tragedy of September 11, 2001, but for 27 years the Twin Towers stood as an architectural marvel and a symbol of New York City. A giant ape climbed the towers in a remake of King Kong, and a Frenchman walked on a wire stretched between them. When completed, the World Trade Center stood as the tallest building in the world; though it lost that title just a year later, the Twin Towers continued to loom large in the imagination of a generation that had watched their construction with awe.

Few things are as stunning as a beautiful piece of architecture. Not only does a massive building say something about the infrastructure used to create it, but it shows what people can accomplish when we work together. By the time the World Trade Center's towers were completed in 1973, they were 110 stories tall and took up 10 million square feet of space. The towers took up serious real estate and changed the makeup of the city forever.

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