114-Foot Tower In Budapest Is The World's Tallest Lego Structure

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Anyone that has attempted to build a free-standing Lego tower knows how difficult it is to keep it from toppling over. So it is not surprising to hear that the elementary students in Budapest requested a team of official Lego builders from Denmark to help them build one that would surpass the existing record holder - a 112-ft 11-inch tower constructed in August 2013, by students from John Dickinson High School in Wilmington, Delaware.

The 114-ft tall tower that took the professionals and children a week to complete, was erected in front of the Saint Stephen's Basilica in Budapest. The tower that exceeded the previous record holder by about 2 feet was made using 450,000 Lego bricks - 50,000 less than used in the tower built by the US students.

The builders secured the structure with wires during construction to ensure that the hundreds of spectators that gathered to watch each day, were not in any danger. However, in order to be eligible for the Guinness World Records, the wires were removed, once the tower was ready. But that or the fact that it had been built using no adhesives (another requirement), did not seem to be an issue. The brightly colored brick tower, which was topped with a Rubik's cube, stood tall and strong under the intense scrutiny of the record book officials.

Unfortunately, all the hard work has to be undone on May 26th, the day after the tower was officially named the World's tallest Lego structure. But given that this record was broken three times in 2012 alone, there are bound to be other even taller contenders sprouting up soon!

Resources: geekologie.com, cnn.com,nydailynews.com

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  • tropical_wonder
    tropical_wonderTuesday, April 13, 2021 at 11:52 am
    That is sooo tall! I wonder why they had to take it down. Why couldn't they just leave it there lol
    • sky_dragon
      sky_dragonThursday, February 11, 2021 at 12:53 am
      Wow, wow! That's so much tall!
      • theplay
        theplayMonday, February 8, 2021 at 7:09 am
        I make Pokémon out of lego and huge lego figures.
        • kipoatesima
          kipoatesimaTuesday, November 17, 2020 at 8:19 am
          i love lego it is so fun
          • falyjyse-159916541808
            falyjyse-159916541808Tuesday, November 10, 2020 at 5:53 am
            That's so cool! I'm not very good with LEGO's.
            • sillyweirdo
              sillyweirdoSunday, September 13, 2020 at 4:50 pm
              very cool I like it a lot
              • spykitten
                spykittenMonday, March 9, 2020 at 10:41 am
                That looks like it would fall over!!!
                • jmcaswell27
                  jmcaswell27Wednesday, February 12, 2020 at 12:47 pm
                  that is about 50 60 feet
                  • nataleighMonday, October 14, 2019 at 6:47 am
                    that is amazeing. is that even real? I mean who can build like that.I wonder how many weeks and days it took.
                    • kamilleMonday, October 7, 2019 at 9:40 am
                      cool