Tower above: The best big buildings there are

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Wary of a public that has never really forgiven them for blighting their view with a skyscraper 40 years ago, Paris authorities narrowly rejected plans for a 43-storey triangular building last week. The 180 m Tour Triangle was supposed to go up in the southwestern corner of the city by 2017, but local lawmakers blocked the proposal by 83 votes to 78. While Parisians might have their reservations when it comes to building towers, spread out across the globe are constructions where sky is the limit. We look at some of them. This picture taken on August 4, 2013 shows a general view of the under-construction Shanghai Tower and the 492 m Shanghai World Financial Center in China. (Text: Sneha Mahale, Photo: AP, AFP, Reuters)

Wary of a public that has never really forgiven them for blighting their view with a skyscraper 40 years ago, Paris authorities narrowly rejected plans for a 43-storey triangular building last week. The 180 m Tour Triangle was supposed to go up in the southwestern corner of the city by 2017, but local lawmakers blocked the proposal by 83 votes to 78. While Parisians might have their reservations when it comes to building towers, spread out across the globe are constructions where sky is the limit. We look at some of them. This picture taken on August 4, 2013 shows a general view of the under-construction Shanghai Tower and the 492 m Shanghai World Financial Center in China. (Text: Sneha Mahale, Photo: AP, AFP, Reuters)

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The four-faced Mecca Clock Tower — at 601 m — holds the record for being the tallest clock tower in the world and the largest clock face.

The four-faced Mecca Clock Tower — at 601 m — holds the record for being the tallest clock tower in the world and the largest clock face.

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Paris's Tour Montparnasse opened in 1973 and remains the only skyscraper in the city centre.

Paris's Tour Montparnasse opened in 1973 and remains the only skyscraper in the city centre.

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At 541 m, the One World Trade Center raises high above a reflecting pool in New York, USA. It is the fourth-tallest building in the world.

At 541 m, the One World Trade Center raises high above a reflecting pool in New York, USA. It is the fourth-tallest building in the world.

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