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Space Needle, Seattle, USA

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

The Space Needle is the Pacific Northwest's most recognizable landmark and is the symbol of the U.S. city of Seattle, Washington. Located on the grounds of Seattle Center, it was built for the 1962 World's Fair, during which time nearly 20,000 people a day used the elevators — 2.3 million visitors in all for the World Fair. It is now privately owned. The Space Needle is a tower 184 m (605 feet) high and 42 m (138 feet) wide at its widest point and weighs 9,550 tons. It is built to withstand winds of up to 200 mph (320 km/h) and earthquakes up to 9.1 magnitude, and has 25 lightning rods on the roof to withstand lightning strikes.

The Space Needle features an observation deck at 520 feet (159 m), the SkyCity restaurant, and a gift shop. From the top of it, one can see not only the Downtown Seattle skyline, but also the Cascade Mountains, Mount Rainier, Elliott Bay and surrounding islands. Photographs of Seattle often show the Space Needle in a prominent position, even appearing sometimes to tower above the rest of the city's skyscrapers. Many first-time visitors to the city are surprised to see the Space Needle in its true perspective. At 60 stories it is not remarkably tall, and it is not as close to the cluster of downtown skyscrapers as one might think judging only from photgraphs. Visitors can reach the top via elevators that travel at 10 mph. This trip takes 43 seconds and some tourists wait in hour-long lines in order to ascend to the top of the tower.

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The Fernsehturm, Berlin, Germany

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

The Fernsehturm (German for "Television Tower") is a television tower in the centre of Berlin, Germany. It is a well-known landmark, close to Alexanderplatz. The tower was built between 1965 and 1969 by the former German Democratic Republic (GDR), and its image was used as a symbol of Berlin by the GDR administration. The tower is easily visible throughout the central districts of Berlin, and remains a symbol of the city.

The original total height of the tower was 365 m, but after the installation of a new antenna in the 1990s, the height is now 368 m. The Fernsehturm is the second largest structure in Europe, after Moscow's Ostankino Tower. There is a visitor platform and a restaurant in the middle of the sphere. The visitor platform is at a height of about 204 meters above the ground. The restaurant, which rotates once every twenty minutes, is a few meters above the visitors platform. (Originally it turned once per hour; the speed was later doubled, and tripled following the tower's late 1990s renovation.)

Inside the shaft are two lifts for bringing visitors into the sphere part within 40 seconds.

To mark the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany, and the final match in Berlin Olympic Stadium, the sphere was decorated as a football; it is colored magenta, the corporate color of World Cup sponsor Deutsche Telekom, owner of the tower.

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Macau Tower, Makau

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

Macau Tower, also known as Macau Sky Tower, is a tower located in Macau, a Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China. The tower measures 338 m (1,109 ft) in height from ground level to the highest point. An observation deck with panoramic views, restaurants, theaters, shopping malls and the Skywalk X, a thrilling walking tour around the outer rim, is found at the tower's 233-metre level. It offers a great view of Macau and in more recent years has been used for bungee jumping.

On a visit to Auckland, New Zealand, Macau casino billionaire Stanley Ho Hung-Sun was so impressed by the Sky Tower in Auckland that he commissioned a similar one to be built in Macau. The tower was designed by New Zealand engineering firm Beca and Gordon Moller of Craig Craig Moller architects for Sociedade de Turismo e Diversões de Macau, SARL. Construction work of the tower started in 1998, and the tower was officially opened on December 19, 2001.

The tower is one of the members of the World Federation of Great Towers.

Besides being used for observation and entertainment, the tower is also used for telecommunications and broadcasting.

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Skylon Tower, Niagara Falls, Canada

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

The Skylon Tower, in Niagara Falls, Ontario is a building that overlooks the Horseshoe Falls from the Canadian side of the Niagara River. Construction on the building began in May of 1964 and was completed on October 6, 1965. The Skylon is a well known feature of the Niagara skyline, but since the hotel building boom of the late 90s, many similarly sized competitors have challenged its role as a unique vantage point on the falls.

Standing at 160 meters (520 feet) from street level and 236 meters (775 feet) from the bottom of the falls, the tower required approval from both Canadian and United States air transport authorities due to its proximity to the international boundary. At the time of its construction the Skylon Tower was owned by the privately owned Canadian company, the Niagara International Centre and housed international exhibitions. Canadian Pacific Hotels owned the tower-top restaurants, and purchased the complex outright in 1975. The tower's summit features a verdigris-green copper roof similar to CP's other properties, including the Château Frontenac in Quebec City and the Banff Springs Hotel in Banff, Alberta. CP owned and operated the building until 1986, when it was sold to local hotel interests. In 1988 local hotel owner George Yerich purchased the tower and the surrounding complex.

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Watts Towers, Los Angeles, USA

May 3rd, 2006 / / Links: Google Earth, Google Maps, Yahoo! Maps, Virtual Earth / Nearest places
 

Built by Italian immigrant construction worker Sabato ("Sam" or "Simon") Rodia in his spare time over a period of 33 years, Nuestro Pueblo, commonly called the Watts Towers, in the Watts district of Los Angeles, California, is a collection of 17 interconnected structures, two of which reach heights of over 99 feet (30 m). Rodia began building the towers in 1921 and completed them in 1954.

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The Menara Kuala Lumpur (Tower), Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

May 1st, 2006 / / Links: Google Earth, Google Maps, Yahoo! Maps, Virtual Earth / Nearest places
 

The Menara Kuala Lumpur (or Kuala Lumpur Tower in English) is a tall tower in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia built in 1995. It is used for communication purposes and features an antenna that reaches 421 m (1,381 ft), which currently makes it the fifth tallest tower in the world. The roof of the pod is at 335 m (1,099 ft). The rest of the tower below has a stairwell and an elevator to reach the upper area, which also contains a revolving restaurant, providing diners a beautiful view of the city. Races are organised yearly where participants race up the stairs to the top.

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Pressure Tower - Wroclaw, Poland

April 15th, 2006 / / Links: Google Earth, Google Maps, Yahoo! Maps, Virtual Earth / Nearest places
 

Pressure Tower at Wiśniowa Boulevard - Wroclaw

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Rivington Pike, Bolton, England

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

Rivington Pike stands on Rivington Moor, near to Winter Hill, 361m (1200 feet) above sea level. Part of Chorley Borough, it overlooks the town of Horwich, near Bolton in the North West of England.

In times gone by, Rivington Pike was known as Rounpik (c.1280) and Riuinpik (c.1380), names thought to have originated from the Norse language.

On the Pike is a tower, which was built in 1733 by the owner of Rivington Hall, John Andrews, when he became sole owner of the Rivington estate in 1729. The stone used was taken from the original fire platform and from the bed of the River Douglas. It is a square tower, with sides 5m (17 feet) and 6m (20 feet) high.

At one time it had a wooden roof and windows in all four sides. The single internal room was 4m (13 feet) square with a stone flagged floor, a fireplace and a cellar. It was used for shelter when grouse shooting parties visited the moors, but this stopped in 1900 when W.H.Lever bought the Estate. The tower is now bricked up and is a Grade 2 listed building.

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