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Dallas Skyline What are the most important landmarks to see first and foremost in Dallas? Without a doubt, the original architecture of the city deserves the highest attention. Reunion Tower, American Airlines Center, Southern Methodist University, AT&T Stadium, Dallas World Aquarium and many others – are the architectural landmarks that attract millions of tourists every year. Let’s visit Dallas right now by making a virtual tour using our fantastic 3D flight simulator! Just start the video on this page and make a flight over the main sites of Dallas, which are presented in a three-dimensional format. Besides that, our review includes interesting facts and colorful photos of every monument.

Reunion Tower, Dallas

» The 171-meter tower having 42 floors was completed in 1978. Reunion Tower is a part of the urban hotel complex.
»  There’s a railway station located near the building. Two restaurants can be found on the upper floor of the skyscraper. One restaurant is situated above the other one, and they slowly make a circle along the axis of the tower.
»  Above them, there’s the GeO-Deck observation deck. You can go up there in 68 seconds using a high-speed elevator.
»  The visitor gets to a spacious room. The walls are made entirely of glass. Interactive screens are installed in the observation room. By moving your finger across them, you can get information about the objects that can be seen from the tower.
»  The outdoor terrace is supported by steel cables. Telescopes are installed along sort of a tunnel. It is an open platform, and gusts of wind make it difficult to walk around it.
»  In the evening, backlight is turned on in the tower. The round dome looks like a bright ball. Running lights either flash or fly away in stripes depending on the preset program. So it seems that the sphere begins to rotate.
»  259 diodes were built in for luminescence. Fireworks are set off from the top of the tower dome for several minutes.
»  Reunion Tower appears in one of the scenes in the film Robocop.

American Airlines Center, Dallas

» The American Airlines Center is a multi-purpose stadium hosting home games of local basketball and hockey teams.
»  The opening of the arena in 2001 was so impressive that it was listed in the Guinness World Records.
»  The construction of the complex cost 420 million dollars. New taxes were introduced to cover some of the expenses.
»  The American Airlines company spent 195 million dollars to acquire the naming rights. The size of the stadium is impressive, but its capacity is 21,000 people.
»  Competitions of various kinds and entertainment events are organized in the sports center.
»  The American Airlines Center is located in Victory Park.
»  The Eagles, a famous American band, was invited to perform their melodic guitar country rock at the opening of the stadium.
»  Huge screens are hung along the perimeter of the arena, which allows for a closer look at the playing field.
»  The complex building is made of brick blocks. It has an arched entrance.
»  The architects of the complex won many prizes for their design.
»  The roof resembles a roof of a hut from the outside. That’s why the stadium has been called The Hangar by fans.

Southern Methodist University, Dallas

» A private research educational institution called Southern Methodist University was founded by the Methodist Episcopal Church in 1911. It is owned and fully funded by the church.
»  The university is located in the center of the city.
»  The building itself is an architectural monument. There is a picturesque park with fountain bowls and shady alleys beside it.
»  The Southern Methodist University campuses can be found in several cities. Over 11,000 undergraduates and postgraduates study here.
»  The educational center ranks 61st among the American universities.
»  Not only local applicants but also foreign guests can enroll at the university. International students account for 10% of all students.
»  There are 915 professors and academics.
»  The university organizes student exchange programs on a regular basis.
»  The financial endowment is 1.4 billion.
»  The university owns 10 libraries where you can find a private collection of scientific materials necessary for research in any field.

AT&T Stadium, Dallas

» Jerry World, also known as AT&T Stadium, is a football stadium in Arlington.
»  The sports construction was named after Jerry Jones, the owner of the Dallas Cowboys team.
»  It was founded in 2009. The construction plan development cost $1.3 billion. It’s the most expensive stadium in the world. The construction was performed by an international architectural company.
»  The Dallas Cowboys, a professional football team, uses the sports arena for training. It competes in the National Football League.
»  Up to 105,000 people can watch the game simultaneously. Both seats and standing room are included in the figure.
»  The stadium can be seen from a distance of many kilometers. It is situated on a plain.
»  The sports complex is in the top 4 largest US stadiums.
»  A 60-meter TV screen is installed above the field.
»  There is a huge sliding wall behind the gate. It is made entirely of glass. It is 55 metres wide and 36.5 meters high. AT&T Stadium has a retractable dome.
»  A crowd of 108,713 fans gathered to watch the International NBA All-Star Game in February 2019. The number of basketball fans was recorded in the Guinness World Records.

Dallas World Aquarium, Dallas

» The Dallas World Aquarium is aimed at instilling respect for nature.
»  It was opened in the building specially rebuilt for the aquarium in autumn 1992. It presents the Orinoco Secrets of the River exhibition but in the other building. Sea dwellers live next to the river ones. Later, an additional room was built to the house.
»  There is artificial tropical rainforest of the Orinoco in the Dallas World Aquarium. Here, you can see exotic birds finding shelter in aviaries equipped like the jungle. Toucans and scarlet ibises fly freely. Sloths, eels, woodcreepers, crocodiles, vampire bats are just some of the representatives of fauna.
»  There is the “collection” of animals that are at risk of extinction due to the economic activity of the people. Here, you can see otters dwelling in rivers, manatees, Japanese crabs, etc.
»  In the water reservoir at the lower level, you can see giant and small sharks. Many stingrays, saw-fish, and corals impress with their quaint shape. Many fish species have been found in all parts of the world.
»  When spectators go through the transparent 12-meter tunnel, they can watch sea dwellers swimming around them.

Fountain Place, Dallas

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Facts: » The 220-meter skyscraper owes its name – Fountain Place – to numerous fountains located near the main entrance. 172 devices pour cascades of water into bowls. 225 cypress trees are planted on the territory of the building.
»  The shape of the unique architectural construction is unusual. The building resembles a multi-faceted prism. Its wall panels loosely abut each other. It seems that the appearance is constantly changing.
»  The facade consists entirely of green mirror plexiglass. Some of the sides have an inclined angle.
»  There are 26,000 windows. The construction was finished in 1986.
»  Many businesses rent offices here. The first level of Fountain Place has a great variety of cafes and restaurants. The 62-story building is covered with a 2-pitched roof. There is an additional underground technical level. The total area is 111,480 square meters.
»  Elevators bring people to the necessary floor. The speed of a high-speed elevator is 6.1 m/s. The parking lot can accommodate up to a thousand cars.
»  In 2009, a 19-year-old boy attempted to blast the skyscraper, but the attempt was foiled.
»  Fountain Place has a certificate for the energy efficient and environmentally friendly design.

Bank of America Plaza, Dallas

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Facts: » The 280-meter high-rise office building has 72 floors and two mechanical ones.
»  It took 24 months to build it. The construction started in 1983.
»  The total area is over 170,000 square meters. The rooms are four meters high.
»  The company invested $146,000,000 in the project development.
»  The building of the Bank of America Plaza resembles a glass cylinder.
»  On the first level, there are restaurants and cafes. The three upper ones are occupied by the radio and television center.
»  The building is used by Bank of America.
»  From the outside, the Bank of America Plaza skyscraper looks like honeycombs with blue and gray marble stripes.
»  The tower is illuminated with colorful LEDs. To remain stable, it is supported by three kilometers of argon tubes installed along the edges of the Plaza. The green color of the tubes is visible from a distance. Some of them burnt out due to an oversight of the developers. They had to be dismantled. The skyscraper turned dark.
»  One child didn’t like the view of the building without lighting. The girl contributed a dollar to the return of illumination. The public supported the idea and started to make contributions. That’s how the skyscraper was lit up with colorful lights again.
»  The Dallas TV series used the building as the office where the main characters worked.
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