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The leaning towers of Madrid

Posted on Sunday, September 3rd, 2006 at 5:32 pm CET

We were in Madrid last weekend and saw the Puerta de Europa (‘Gateway to Europe’) towers, the world’s first leaning high-rise buildings. They were built in 1996 and designed by the American architects Philip Johnson and John Burgee. Each building is 115 m tall, or 26 stories, with an inclination of 15º, or more than twice that of the ‘leaning’ (pfft) tower of Pisa.

Puerta de Europa

The buildings were very impressive. We visited them on our Madrid Vision tour; we got out at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu of soccer team Real Madrid (stop 7 on the blue line) and walked in about 30 minutes from Plaza de Lima to Plaza de Castilla.

Puerta de Europa

Puerta de Europa


Mar 6, 2010
1:11 pm
#1 World Travel wrote:

Madrid – The Capital of Spain, several-millions city located in the heart of the Iberian peninsula, almost in its geographical center. I like this city and can tell this is my favourite place all over the world. Great architecture, great style and great people.

Feb 26, 2011
4:53 pm
#2 Madrid Traveler wrote:

Wow, I have never seen architecture like this. I will have to see the Puerta de Europa towers on my next visit to Madrid. Are these functional buildings?

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