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world's biggest buildings: Abraj Al-Bait Clock Tower

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Biggest Clock Tower: Abraj Al-Bait Clock Tower, Mecca, Saudi Arabia

This mega–clock tower broke several world records when it opened in 2011. For now, at least, it’s the tallest clock tower in the world, the tallest hotel in the world (the Fairmont Makkah Clock Royal Tower), and the world’s largest clock face—visible from 16 miles away and topped by a golden crescent minaret whose massive loudspeakers emit prayer calls to a distance of four miles. If that weren’t enough, it’s also the world’s second tallest building, exceeded only by Dubai’s Burj Khalifa. The mega-structure is adjacent to the world’s largest mosque, the Masjid al-Haram. fairmont.com/makkah —Adam H. Graham

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