Some city skylines are immediately recognizable by their iconic buildings, whether new or old. Paris has the iconic Eiffel Tower. London has the Gherkin, a pickled-shaped building that towers over the city’s traditional architecture. And Beijing is home to the CCTV headquarters, affectionately known as “the big underpants.”

Here are 16 skylines from around the world. Can you recognize their home city? A right answer will get you more information about the skyline. (All images from iStock.)

 

1

Here’s a warm-up to see if you’re paying attention. What city is this? 

Paris
New York
Berlin
Shanghai

2

Here’s another easy one. This city stole the title of the world’s tallest structure from the Eiffel Tower. 

Washington, D.C.
San Francisco
Toronto
New York

3

Let’s leave the U.S. of A. What city has this incredible skyline? Her majesty would approve.

London
Tokyo
Vancouver
Berlin

4

Let's stay abroad. What international city, a financial capital, is home to this renowned skyline?

Chicago
Tokyo
Hong Kong
Sydney

5

Let’s hop over to another Asian city. This city’s most iconic building, a pair of towers, was built shortly before a financial crisis hit.  

Shanghai
Kuala Lumpur
Dubai
Vancouver

6

One more Asian skyline. What is this futuristic city? 

Tokyo
Shanghai
Dubai
St. Louis

7

Let’s go back to the Western hemisphere. What amazing city is this?

Shanghai
New York
Toronto
Washington, D.C.

8

Let’s stay in the U.S. for a bit. What city is pictured here, with its famous arch?

Portland
Chicago
Phoenix
St. Louis

9

This city, home to what once was called the Sears Tower, was also home to the world’s tallest building in the '70s, '80s and '90s. 

Philadelphia
Toronto
Chicago
Dubai

10

It seems right this this city has a flattened look, given that tall buildings until recently were required to have helipads.

San Francisco
Los Angeles
Portland
Frankfurt

11

This city skyline is recognizable by the pointy Transamerica Pyramid. 

Baltimore
San Diego
Sydney
San Francisco

12

This city’s most recognizable feature is the CN Tower.

Toronto
Shanghai
Seattle
Tel Aviv

13

Heading further afield, it seems there's a new skyscraper here every few weeks. Locals affectionately call this city’s newest “the bottle opener” and “the corkscrew.” 

Beijing
Shanghai
Mumbai
Dubai

14

You might think this city is close to Shanghai. Actually, it’s a 10-hour flight away. 

Moscow
Sydney
Dubai
Brussels

15

What desert city sports this fantastic skyline?

Shanghai
Tokyo
Dubai
Istanbul

16

This city has fought to keep its historic skyline low. What is it?

Cairo
Paris
Tel Aviv
Istanbul

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