Don’t you feel like a bit of a sucker when you are standing in line, with a ticket you paid for, just to get to the top of a building? I do. But once I’m peering over rooftops, I don’t think I’ve ever regretted buying that ticket. I really like the perspective you gain of the city and the little details of the building that you could never appreciate from down below.
I visited the top of the Burj Khalifa quite some time ago. I’ll probably post more about that another time. For now, here are some pics “at the top” (this is the slogan used for the observation deck of the Burj Khalifa), some paid for, others not. What’s your favorite view from the top of a building you’ve visited?
(The quality of some of these isn’t great – I took many of them with one of my old trusty point-and-shoots, some over 10 years ago in the pre-digital days)
View of Shiekh Zayed Road from the 124th floor of the Burj Khalifa, Dubai. Only the view from the tallest building in the world could make those towering skyscrapers look puny.
View from observation deck of Burj Khalifa, Dubai. Nothing like some height to remind you that this is indeed the desert.
View of the Address Hotel and dancing water fountains from At.mosphere (on the 122nd floor of Burj Khalifa)
View of Dubai skyline from Sky Bar at the Burj al Arab
View from Empire State Building, New York. How can you not love New York?
View from Empire State Building, New York
View from Hohensalzburg Castle in Salzburg, Austria
view from St. Stephen’s Cathedral (Stephansdom), Vienna, Austria. I really liked the colorful geometric pattern of the roof (seen on the left).
View from the 60th floor, Chase Tower, Houston. Apparently, this is the tallest five sided building in the world (I must have lived in Dubai too long, because I feel the need to justify the importance of things by citing obscure records, ha ha.) This building was designed by the architectural firm founded by IM Pei, the architect mentioned in the Doha post.
This is one of the spires of the Barcelona Cathedral (not La Sagrada Familia). It was a bit eerie when I went up here – it was nothing but me, the gargoyles and the pigeons – but one of my most memorable experiences in Barcelona
Another shot from the Barcelona cathedral. This angel and sky literally took my breath away when I saw them. This photo is all grainy and faded now but I still love it. Near the bottom you can see the Montjuic Communications Tower, built when Barcelona hosted the Olympics.
Taken on the rooftop of Gaudi’s Casa Milà (also known as La Pedrera), Barcelona, Spain. There are so many whimsical details in Gaudi’s work which make it so much fun to explore.
View from Eiffel Tower, Paris
View from San Giusto, Trieste, Italy
Detail of the Duomo (left) and view of the Galleria (right), taken from the rooftop of the Duomo, Milan, Italy.
One of the many things worth photographing on the rooftop of the Duomo, Milan