One of the first images that comes to mind when one thinks of a particular city is its skyline. Think – Singapore, Hong Kong, New York, and the like. Get the drift? A skyline is like a fingerprint of a city because every silhouette is unique. It has been described as an artificial horizon created by a city. A skyline is an overall or partial view of a city’s architecture, using the sky as a backdrop. Given below is a list of some of the world’s most beautiful skylines.
Amsterdam, the capital city of The Netherlands, is also the most populated city in this country, and one of the largest metropolitan areas is Europe. Apart from being notorious for its drug tolerance, it is famous for its canals, museums, parks and eateries. Colloquially known as the ‘Venice of the North’, because of its architectural beauty, Amsterdam has a breathtaking skyline, showing the absolutely amazing architecture this city boasts of.
People’s Republic of China
Beijing is the capital city of the world’s most populated country – the People’s Republic of China. This city has seen tremendous growth in infrastructures and educational facilities. It is flocked with tourists owing to the wonderful sights it has to offer. The Beijing skyline is characterized by tall buildings and skyscrapers. The term ‘concrete jungle’ is very apt for this beautiful city.
Often referred to as the Paris of South America, Buenos Aires is one of the most important cities in this sub-continent. It has the highest concentration of movie theaters in the world, and is the second largest tourist hub in South America. The Woman’s Bridge or the Puente de la Mujer is the most striking feature in this city’s skyline because of its unusual asymmetrical design.
This beautiful city in South Africa is best known for its scenic locations like Cape Point and Table Mountain. Cape Town is a photographer’s paradise because of its beautiful lighting and skyline. It is the second largest city in South Africa, and is named the World Design Capital for 2014 by the International Council of Societies of Industrial Design. The skyline of Cape Town is most unusual as it shows the beauty of the water, city, and Table Mountain, all in one shot.
United States of America
Dubbed as the ‘Windy City’ or the ‘Second City’, Chicago is the international hub for transport, finance, commerce, telecommunications, and industry. The metropolitan area of this city is called Chicagoland because it includes parts of Indiana and Wisconsin. It ranks third in the United States for its population and size of the metropolitan area. The skyline of Chicago shows off the Willis Tower, which is the second tallest skyscraper in the United States of America.
United Arab Emirates
Dubai is the most progressive and developed emirate in the UAE. It is the largest among the seven emirates, and is considered to be an independent city-state. It sees hoards of tourists every year because of its famous Dubai Shopping Festival and because of sporting events like golf, formula 1 racing, cricket, etc. Dubai’s skyline shows off the tallest building in the world – the Burj Khalifa.