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The 20 Tallest Skyscrapers in the World

by Chris Newens  |  Published February 28, 2017

Tallest in Europe. Federation Tower, Russia

A long, wide thoroughfare in New York's Chinatown (Photo: Vivienne Gucwa via Flickr)

Federation Tower under construction (Photo: Pavel Kazachkov via Flickr)

Yet another addition to the tallest buildings roster that was completed only last year, this Muscovite monolith is actually two towers built on a single podium. It’s the Eastern one that’s of interest to skyscraper spotters, topping out at 374 metres as the tallest building in Europe.

Unlike other European capitals Moscow is no stranger to the mega-tall, with buildings two and three in the continent (the OKO Tower and the Mercury City Tower) also sprouting from its streets. Nevertheless, Federation Tower still lags some distance behind the super structures of some other countries, only coming in at 33 in the world.

What it may lack in height, though, it surely makes up for in strength: the company responsible for building the tower, Potak, claimed that the grade of concrete used in its construction means it could withstand a direct hit from an aircraft.