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The Kamzík TV Tower, Bratislava, Slovakia

November 4th, 2006 / / Links: Google Earth, Google Maps, Yahoo! Maps, Virtual Earth / Nearest places
 

The Kamzík TV Tower is a 200 metre high TV Tower overlooking the City of Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia. It sits on Kamzík hill, part of the Little Carpathians. The Kamzík TV Tower was built in 1975 and has an observation deck and restaurant open for visitors. Its design is somewhat unusual.

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Stilo Lighthouse, Stilo, Poland

October 27th, 2006 / / Links: Google Earth, Google Maps, Yahoo! Maps, Virtual Earth / Nearest places
 

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Stilo Lighthouse in Stilo - 16-sided steel tower with horizontal red, white and black bands build in 1906 Location: eastern part of Polish coast, Baltic Sea, Poland

An old lens from this lighthouse is on display at the Lighthouse Museum in Rozewie, Poland.

Tower Height: 33.4 m (110 ft)

Characteristic and Range: Three white flashes every 12 seconds.

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The Sky Tower, Auckland, New Zeland

October 16th, 2006 / / Links: Google Earth, Google Maps, Yahoo! Maps, Virtual Earth / Nearest places
 

The Sky Tower is a tower located on the corner of Victoria and Federal Streets in the central business district of Auckland, New Zealand. It is 328 metres tall, as measured from ground level to the top of the mast, making it the tallest free-standing structure in the Southern Hemisphere. Interestingly the architect publicly disassociated himself from the design. It is the 13th tallest member of the World Federation of Great Towers. The landmark is part of the SKYCITY Auckland casino complex, owned and operated by SKYCITY Entertainment Group.

As well as entertainment, the tower is used for telecommunications and broadcasting with the Auckland Peering Exchange (APE) being located on Level 48. A group of radio broadcasters share a transmitter here too. Also television company Canwest (who runs the TV3 and C4 channels) has a secondary transmitter here -- their primary one being at Waiatarua. The upper portion of the tower contains two restaurants (one revolving) and various observation decks. The tower attracts over 600,000 visitors a year.

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Mysia Wieża (Mouse’s Tower), Kruszwica, Poland

October 10th, 2006 / / Links: Google Earth, Google Maps, Yahoo! Maps, Virtual Earth / Nearest places
 

There is an old legend about king Popiel and his wife Rycheza:

Prince Popiel (or Duke Popiel), legendary 9th century ruler of the Polanie or Goplanie tribe. For now there is no archeological evidence of the existence of any such person. According to legend, he was the last member of pre-Piast dynasty, Popielids. According to the chroniclers Gallus Anonymus, Jan Długosz and Marcin Kromer, as a consequence of bad rule he was removed from the throne and died eaten alive by mice (or rats) in a tower in the Kruszwica settlement.

As the legend goes, Prince Popiel was an inadequate ruler who cared only for wine, women, and song and who was greatly influenced by his wife Ryska, a beautiful German princess who desired power. Because he was a poor ruler, his twelve uncles tried to remove him from the throne, but at his wife's instigation he had them poisoned at a banquet. Instead of burning the bodies as was the custom, he had them cast into Lake Gopło.

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RTV tower/mast in Chwaszczyno, Gdynia, Poland

October 5th, 2006 / / Links: Google Earth, Google Maps, Yahoo! Maps, Virtual Earth / Nearest places
 

RTV tower/mast in Chwaszczyno near Gdynia, Poland

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The Grunewaldturm - a historical tower in Berlin, Germany

October 4th, 2006 / / Links: Google Earth, Google Maps, Yahoo! Maps, Virtual Earth / Nearest places
 

The Grunewaldturm is a historical tower in Berlin (Germany) build by the plans of Franz Schwechten between 1897 and 1898. The municipality of Teltow assigned the building order on the occasion of the 100th birthday of the German Emperor Wilhelm I. On June 5, 1899 the landmark building was opened as the Kaiser-Wilhelm-Turm (emperor Wilhelm tower). After World War II it was renamed to Grunewaldturm according to the surrounding forest called Grunewald.

The tower build of red bricks has a height of 56 meters and is located on the 79 meters high Karlsberg hill in southwestern Berlin, near Wannsee. The tower contains a domed hall with a marble statue of Wilhelm I. 204 steps lead to the platform offering a beautiful view about the Havel and Grunewald forest. The building has a restaurant and a beer garden.

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Capitol Records, Los Angeles, USA

September 29th, 2006 / / Links: Google Earth, Google Maps, Yahoo! Maps, Virtual Earth / Nearest places
 

Capitol Records is a major United States-based record label, owned by EMI.

The Capitol Records Tower is one of the most distinctive landmarks in Hollywood, California. The 13-story earthquake resistant tower, designed by Welton Becket, was the world's first circular office building, and is home to several recording studios. The wide curved awnings over windows on each story and the tall spike emerging from the top of the building combine to give it the appearance of a stack of vinyl 45s on a turntable. The rectangular ground floor is a separate structure, joined to the tower after it was completed. It was built in 1956 just north of the intersection of Hollywood and Vine as the consolidated West Coast operations of Capitol Records; it houses the operations of Capitol Records and Capitol Studios, a recording facility that includes an echo chamber engineered by guitarist Les Paul. It would also be known as “The House That Bozo Built” due to the vast amounts of records and merchandise Bozo sold for the company.

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The Telstra Tower, Australia

September 8th, 2006 / / Links: Google Earth, Google Maps, Yahoo! Maps, Virtual Earth / Nearest places
 

The Telstra Tower is a communications tower and retail and cultural facility atop Black Mountain in the Australian federal capital city of Canberra. Rising 195 metres above the mountain summit, it is a landmark in Canberra and offers panoramic views of the city and surrounding countryside.

Opened in 1980, it provides vital communication facilities for the city along with both inside and outside viewing galleries, a telecommunications museum, cafe, revolving restaurant and gift shop.

The tower was the subject of a High Court case in the 1973 decision of Kent v. Johnson, which was decided in favour of the Australian government.

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