There’s no lengths to which some people will go to propose marriage – and for James Episopou, no heights he wouldn’t scale either. He chose the tallest building in the European Union, the 309.6-meter (1,015-feet) 95-story Shard in London, which opened on Feb. 2, to ask for his girlfriend’s hand.
The Shard gets its name from its shape, like a giant piece of glass. Happily, his fiance agreed to his proposal at the top of the building’s highest floor. “He left me speechless! I could not believe it! I’m so happy and excited! I had really no idea! I did not expect something like that,” 22 year-old woman said.
The couple were hugging and kissing one each other in front of thousands of people who were there to admire the new building. This incident stole the show at the opening and upstaged even the Mayor of London, who was there to attend the opening. The Shard was designed in 2000 by Renzo Piano, an Italian architect previously best known for creating Paris’s Pompidou Centre in collaboration with Britain’s Richard Rogers.
While the Shard is the tallest structure in the 27-member EU, it stands second as the highest structure to the 330-meter (1,082 feet) concrete tower known as the Emley Moor transmitting station, also in the United Kingdom.
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