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Ever wondered how much our favorite skyscrapers have to go through to stay strong and magnificent? The heavy rains, the speedy winds, the merciless storms and the lightning strikes. But nothing destroys a building the way lightning does. More the height of a skyscraper more is its chance to be struck by lightning bolts. Most of the world-famous buildings have been hit by lightning strikes once or maybe more than once. Thanks to the engineers, who designed the buildings to stay pretty safe by installing metal rods which transfer the bolt directly to the ground without causing harm to the building.
Back in 2013, when Benedict XVI shocked the Catholic community by becoming the first Pope to resign in over 600 years, this massive lighting bolt struck the basilica of St.Peter's dome just a few hours later. Call it a co-incidence?
This amazing photograph was taken by New York photographer Jay Fine.
The luck of an amateur photographer Daoud Fakhri favored his side when he clicked this photograph while checking and changing the lens of his camera.
In 2008, when lightning struck Brooklyn Bridge, Local photographer Rick Elkin was alert enough to click the shutter release button of his camera.
This photo was taken by amateur photographer Bertrand Kulik in 2008.
Washington Monument was fitted with an aluminum cap and copper lightning rods to protect it from lightning bolts back in the 1800's.