Britain Unveils Europe's Tallest Building

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London is home to Europe's tallest building called The Shard. It sort of looks like a giant shard of glass. It stands out in the city which has a relatively low skyline.


And today's last word in business takes us to London, where Europe's new tallest building has been inaugurated. It's called the Shard. Maybe that's because it sort of looks like a giant shard of glass, 1,016 feet tall. It stands out in a city with a relatively low skyline. It towers over the Tower of London, and the Shard brings many metaphors to mind.

A Christian Science Monitor headline poses the question, "London's Shard: Architectural Marvel or Enormous Salt-Shaker?" A salt-shaker is what Prince Charles called it. Prince Andrew presided over last night's opening ceremony, along with top officials from Qatar, which owns that 95-story building.

It will not be Europe's tallest for long. By the end of this year, Russia is expected to open a building about 70 feet taller.


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