Istanbul, skyscrapers

Turkey is the country with more skyscrapers in Europe

Turkey has 67 skyscrapers, 48 of them in Istanbul, which surpasses Moscow and London as the city with the most towers in Europe.

Turkey is the country with more skyscrapers in Europe and ranks 14th worldwide, according to data recently published by the prestigious international non-profit organization Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH), which indicates that in all of Turkey there are 67 skyscrapers.

The CTBUH defines a skyscraper as a continuously habitable building of more than 40 stories and 150 meters in height. Of the 67 skyscrapers registered in Turkey under these characteristics, 48 ​​are located in Istanbul, a metropolis of about 16 million inhabitants, where there are currently another 8 more skyscrapers under construction.

After Turkey, Russia ranks second in the Europe region with a total of 51 skyscrapers, followed by the United Kingdom (33), Germany (20), Spain (13), Poland (12), the Netherlands (6), Italy ( 6), Switzerland (1) and Sweden (1). Moscow and London, with 46 and 30 skyscrapers respectively, rank second and third in the ranking of European cities with the most skyscrapers after Istanbul. Two other Turkish cities, Ankara and İzmir with 11 and 6 skyscrapers respectively, are among the top 10 cities in Europe with the most structures of this type.

Globally, Hong Kong is the undisputed leader of skyscraper cities with no less than 518 buildings over 150 meters. By countries, Turkey ranks 14th as the country with the most skyscrapers on the planet. The ranking is headed by China with 2,895 skyscrapers, followed by the United States (855), the United Arab Emirates (311), South Korea (273), Japan (270), Malaysia (181), Australia (139), Indonesia (128), Canada (124), Thailand (124), the Philippines (120), India (99), and Singapore (96).

As a curious fact, although Turkey is nowadays the country with more skyscrapers in Europe with 67 buildings of this type, in the year 2000 there were only 5 skyscrapers in the entire Eurasian country. Currently, the tallest building in Istanbul is the Skyland residential tower, 284 meters high; however, once the new Central Bank building being built in the Ataşehir district is completed, it will be the tallest skyscraper in the Turkish metropolis, standing at 352 meters.