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Pressure Tower at Grobla, Wroclaw, Poland

August 19th, 2006 / / Links: Google Earth, Google Maps, Yahoo! Maps, Virtual Earth / Nearest places

Pressure Tower at Grobla in Wroclaw. Build in 1866-1871.

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Pressure Tower at Kasprowicza Str., Wroclaw, Poland

August 19th, 2006 / / Links: Google Earth, Google Maps, Yahoo! Maps, Virtual Earth / Nearest places

Pressure Tower at Kasprowicza Str. in Wroclaw.

Height: 151 feet (46 m)

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Iglica (the spire), Wroclaw, Poland

August 9th, 2006 / / Links: Google Earth, Google Maps, Yahoo! Maps, Virtual Earth / Nearest places

Iglica (Polish; means "the spire") is a needle-like monument in Wrocław, Poland. It was built in 1948 and was 106 metre tall (now, after renovation, highest ten meters were removed, and it is 96 m).

This structure was constructed by Polish Communists for an exhibition to celebrate the occupation of former eastern provinces of Germany, so called "recovered lands". The Iglica is located very close to the Centennial Hall, the spectacular building constructed by Germans in 1912 and its purpose was to move the centre of attention from the Centennial Hall to Iglica.

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Big Ben, London, England

August 2nd, 2006 / / Links: Google Earth, Google Maps, Yahoo! Maps, Virtual Earth / Nearest places

Big Ben is the bell of the Palace of Westminster in London, England, United Kingdom also known as the Great Bell of Westminster, the largest bell in the tower and part of the Great Clock of Westminster. Many people refer to the whole tower as Big Ben, but the name properly refers only to the bell. The clock tower, St. Stephen's Tower, is at the north-eastern end of the building, the home of the Houses of Parliament, and contains the famous striking clock and bell.

The bell was cast in Stockton on Tees, but had to be re-cast at the Whitechapel Bell Foundry before completion of the clock and chimes in 1859. The BBC first broadcast the chimes on 31 December 1923 - there is a microphone in the turret connected to Broadcasting House.

The tower was raised as a part of Charles Barry's design of a new palace, after the old Palace of Westminster was destroyed by fire on the night of October 16, 1834. The tower is designed in the Victorian Gothic style, and is 96.3 meters (316 feet) high.


The Spire of Dublin, Dublin, Ireland

July 24th, 2006 / / Links: Google Earth, Google Maps, Yahoo! Maps, Virtual Earth / Nearest places

The Spire of Dublin is a large, pin-like monument, 120 metres (393 ft) in height and lit from the top, whose erection was completed on January 21, 2003 on the site of the former Nelson Pillar on O'Connell Street in the Irish capital, Dublin.

The Spire, a design by Ian Ritchie Architects, is an elongated cone, having a diameter of 3m (10 ft) at the base, narrowing to 15cm (6 in) at the top. It is the world's tallest sculpture. It was originally intended that the Spire be completed by 2000 in honour of the new millennium, but construction was delayed because of difficulty obtaining planning permission and environmental regulations.

It is constructed from eight hollow tubes of stainless steel and features a tuned mass damper to counteract sway.

The monument itself was commissioned as part of a redesigned street layout in 1999. O'Connell Street (The widest and most famous street in Ireland; formerly Sackville Street) was perceived to have gone into decline from the 1970s. Some people blamed the appearance of fast food restaurants and the opening of bargain basement shops, all using cheap plastic, visually unattractive and obtrusive shop fronts, the existence of a number of derelict sites, and the unilateral decision of the IRA to blow up the Nelson Pillar, as reasons for the decline in a once famous and attractive street.


Oriental Pearl Tower, Shanghai, China

June 25th, 2006 / / Links: Google Earth, Google Maps, Yahoo! Maps, Virtual Earth / Nearest places

The Oriental Pearl Tower (东方明珠塔 pinyin: Dōngfāng Míngzhūtǎ) is a TV tower in Shanghai, China. The Oriental Pearl Tower is located at the tip of Lujiazui in the Pudong district, by the side of Huangpu River, opposite The Bund of Shanghai. The design of the building is based on a Tang Dynasty poem about the haunting sound made by a lute.

It was designed by Jia Huan Cheng of the Shanghai Modern Architectural Design Co. Ltd. Construction began in 1991 and the tower was completed in 1995. At 468 m (1,535 feet) high, it is the tallest tower in Asia, and the third tallest tower in the world. The Oriental Pearl Tower belongs to the World Federation of Great Towers.

The tower features 5 spheres. The two biggest spheres have diameters of 50 m for the lower and 45 m for the upper. They are linked by three columns, each 9 m in diameter. The smallest and highest sphere is 14 m in diameter.

The tower has three observatory levels. The highest (known as the Space Module) is at 350 m. The lower levels are at 263 m (Sightseeing Floor) and at 90 m (Space City). There is a revolving restaurant at the 267 m level. The project also contains exhibition facilities, restaurants and a shopping mall. There is also a 20 room hotel called the Space Hotel between the two large spheres.

The entire building is supported by three enormous and surprisingly strong columns that start underground.

An antenna broadcasting TV and radio programs extends the construction by another 118 m.

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Tower of the Americas, San Antonio, Texas, USA

June 13th, 2006 / / Links: Google Earth, Google Maps, Yahoo! Maps, Virtual Earth / Nearest places

Tower of the Americas is a 228.6 meter (750 feet) high observation tower with a restaurant in San Antonio, Texas. Tower of the Americas, designed by San Antonio architect O'Neil Ford, was built as the theme structure of the 1968 World's Fair, HemisFair '68.

On August 9, 1966, the bid for construction of the tower was let to Lyda-Lott, a joint venture between two general contractors, Darragh & Lyda, Inc. of San Antonio and H. A. Lott, Inc. of Houston, Texas.

The tower was the tallest observation tower in the United States from 1968 to 1996, when the Las Vegas Stratosphere Tower was built.

The tower is located in the middle of HemisFair Park. The tower has an observation deck accessible by elevator for a fee. There is also a lounge and revolving restaurant at the top of the tower providing panoramic views of the city.

An extensive $8 million renovation of the restaurant, lounge and observation decks are now underway by Landry's Restaurants, Inc. The company won the bid for a 15-year lease to manage and operate the property from the City of San Antonio in 2004. Prior to Landry's, Frontier Enterprises (owner of San Antonio-based Jim's Restaurants) operated the Tower of the Americas' restaurant for more than three decades. Additionally, Landry's is spending another $4 million for ground level attractions at the site. Renovations are scheduled to be completed in June of 2006.

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Tokyo Tower, Tokyo, Japan

June 13th, 2006 / / Links: Google Earth, Google Maps, Yahoo! Maps, Virtual Earth / Nearest places

Tokyo Tower (東京タワー Tōkyō tawā) is a tower in Minato-ku, Tokyo, Japan, at 35°39′30″N, 139°44′43″E, whose design is based on the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France. The Tower is 333 meters / 1093 feet tall (9 meters taller than the Eiffel Tower, or 33 if the latter's TV Antenna is not included) making it the world's highest self-supporting iron tower and the tallest structure in Tokyo. It is the symbol of Tokyo in the same way that the Statue of Liberty is the widely-recognized symbol of New York and the Eiffel Tower for Paris.

Unlike the Eiffel Tower, Tokyo Tower is located in the middle of a city block. The tower only weighs about 4000 tons, which is extremely light compared to the 10100 ton Eiffel Tower, and it is painted in white and orange according to air safety regulations. From dusk to 11 PM, the tower is brilliantly illuminated in orange. The lighting is occasionally changed for special events; for the Japan premiere of The Matrix, for instance, the Tower was lit in neon green.

In the postwar boom of the 1950s, Japan was looking for a monument to symbolize its ascendancy as a global economic powerhouse. Looking to the Occident for inspiration, the Tokyo Government decided to erect its own Eiffel Tower. It was completed by the Takenaka Corporation in 1958 at a total cost of ¥2.8 billion. Although it chiefly functions as a radio and television broadcasting antenna, the Tower is best known as a tourist destination, though it is decried by some as overpriced and inconveniently located, and as having poor amenities. [citation needed]

The first floor houses an aquarium, home to 50,000 fish, the third floor is a wax museum and an attraction called the Mysterious Walking Zone, and the fourth floor a Trick Art Gallery. There are also two observatory floors, the main observatory (at 150 m) and the so-called "special observatory" (at 250 m); both afford a spectacular 360 degree view of Tokyo and, if the weather is clear, Mt. Fuji.

Just as the Eiffel Tower is used in cinema to immediately locate the scene in Paris, perhaps even to the degree of cliche, the Tokyo Tower is often used in anime and manga, especially by CLAMP, often as the setting for climactic events or battles. It has also been used often in monster films by Toho, having been destroyed by Mothra, Godzilla and also the location of the final battle of King Kong Escapes in which King Kong takes on his mechanical double. The James Bond film You Only Live Twice featured the tower when the Chinook helicopter is seen flying past by (in this particular scene, a Toyota Crown is held with an electromagnet).

Tokyo Tower can be seen from many points in Tokyo; recently, one of the best vantage points for viewing the Tower has been the Roppongi Hills complex, which has an outdoor terrace offering a panoramic view of the Tower and surrounding skyline. The Tower can also be viewed from Tokyo Bay and from the east gardens of Kokyo (the Imperial Palace).

Tokyo Tower is a member of the World Federation of Great Towers.

(Source: Wikipedia)

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