|Setting the free standing, land record for the world's tallest structure, measuring 553.33 meters (1,815 feet, 5 inches), the CN Tower is Toronto's most visible landmark and arguably its most celebrated tourist destination. 2006 marks its 30th anniversary. This view looks WNW. High Resolution Image (533 × 800 pixel, file size: 328 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg)|
|CN Tower viewed from HTO Park in Toronto, Canada. High Resolution Image (599 × 800 pixel, file size: 212 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg)|
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The CN Tower, located in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, is a communications and tourist tower standing 553.33 metres (1,815 ft 5 in) tall. From its completion in 1976 until 2007, it was the world's tallest free-standing structure on land. On September 12, 2007, the Burj Dubai became the world's tallest free-standing structure even though it has not yet been completed. The Tower is the signature icon of the city, attracting more than two million international visitors annually.
CN originally referred to Canadian National, the railway company that built the tower. Following the railway's decision to divest non-core freight railway assets, prior to the company's privatization in 1995, the CN Tower was transferred to the Canada Lands Company (CLC), a federal Crown corporation responsible for real estate development. Since local residents wished to retain the name CN Tower, the abbreviation is now said to expand to Canada's National Tower rather than the original Canadian National Tower; however, neither of these are commonly used.
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