The infamous Topless Towers of Cairhien are among the most famous landmarks of that city. As part of the traditional Carihienin attempt to be the best at everything, several lords commissioned the construction of the tallest towers in the land within their city, leading to a brief craze in the construction of these towers before it died off. It is not known how many towers there are, although they continue to dominate the Cairhienin skyline around the city. Although the towers are substantial in height, they are nowhere near the height of the White Tower in Tar Valon.
During the First Battle of Cairhien during the Aiel War, the Topless Towers were set alight and several were damaged. It is not known if any were destroyed outright before the Cairhienin got the fires under control. Due to the chaos of the subsequent war of succession and the following political instability, the Towers were still being rebuilt at the time of the Shaido War and Rand al'Thor's arrival in the city, some twenty-four years later.
This may be a reference to the fabled topless towers of Ilium.