10/19/2012 07:11 am ET Updated Dec 19, 2012

Top 10 City Skylines (PHOTOS)

There's nothing like landing at a city -- either for the first time or after time away -- and gazing out the plane window to catch a glimpse of its skyline.

Whether it's an illuminated Empire State Building in New York or an onion-domed church in Moscow, all it takes is a single landmark to evoke nostalgia. Other times it's simply the sheer size of the city's defining skyline.

For's picks of the top city skylines around the world, we're featuring 10 that are massive, iconic -- and just plain beautiful -- in scale.

Top 10 City Skylines