Building Tallest Tower

Tallest Russian tower, Ostankino tower is being built

The Ostankino tower, built in Moscow in 1967, was built for four years and after it was completed became the word’s tallest man made structure. Also it was the world’s first building exceeding 500m tall. It stayed the tallest structure in the world for 9 years, and for 42 more years as the tallest structure in Europe.
Those are photos of how it was built. It weights more than 32 thousand tons. It has two “enemies” – the Sun and win. Due to wind its top can fluctuate for 10 meters (33 feet) and due to Sun heating it from one side it can also move to 2.2m (6.6 feet).


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via oldmos.ru

43 thoughts on “Building Tallest Tower”

  1. Wasn’t there a major fire in this tower about 10 years ago? I seem to recall seeing footage. Is it still standing?

      • Well… not exactly fully functional. When I was in Moscow last summer the observation deck / restaurant near the top of the tower was still closed.

        What I really wanted to see was the multi-megawatt transmitters that blast channel 1s TV signal across 11 time zones. I am told that the small lake across from the tower was actually a cooling pond for the transmitters.

        • yeah, and i live in a punishment zone near the tower where they fry dissidents’ brains.

          Union-wide TV broadcasting was and is satellite-based. There are about 8 or 9 geostationary sats. The tower reach is about 170 km.

  2. awesome. a single target where radio and tv signal are concentrated and can be disrupted with a smart bomb. note to self during WW3.

  3. As much as I read the tower emits 15 TV Channels and 14 Radio stations and it retransmits TV Channels from sat in terrestrially. It’s a good thing for a city as big a Moscow especially now that we’re moving in the HD broadcasting era.
    Is the tower visitable like the CN Tower in Toronto? I have been there about 10 years ago and it was quite ok to see the city going down while you are in the elevator. Does it offer a good view of the city?

  4. Does anyone on this forum have any interior photos of this structure? Last time I was there it was closed indefinitely.

  5. The tallest structure in Europe and the World was The Warsaw radio mast until its collapse on 8 August 1991. 🙁
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Warsaw_radio_mast

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  7. I don’t like heights…just looking at that picture turns my stomach. Looks cool, and I wish I wasn’t afraid of heights, that would be kick ass to look around from.

    Sturdy it may be, but I would NEVER get up on the top of that thing…blech(lunch over the side)!

  8. It reminds me a lot of the Tokyo tower, both in functions and emotive impact on the people around there…

  9. Stayed not 9, but 7 years. In 1974 the Warsaw TV Mast in Gabin was built, it was 646 metres high and it collapsed in 1991 during reperations. It was mast, not tower, so we can say that it was the tallest structure in the world. Today the tallest structure is american TV Tower (I forgot exact name) – 629 m.

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    • i think the tallest structure right now is this new tower project in saudi arabia even though it is still unfinished yet …gonna be at least 1000 tall , now its at around 800 i think..

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