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Peel tower - Arnside Tower, Arnside, England

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

Arnside Tower, a Pele tower built in the 14th/15th century as a defence against raids from Scots and the Border Reivers.

Peel towers (spelt Pele towers in England) are small fortified keeps, built along the English and Scottish Borders, intended as watch towers where signal fires could be lit by moss-troopers to warn of approaching danger. By an Act of Parliament in 1455 each Peel Tower was required to have an iron basket on its summit and a smoke or fire signal, for day or night use, ready to hand.

(Source: Wikipedia)

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Dawn Gate, Vilnius, Lithuania

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

Dawn Gate (Lithuanian:Aušros Vartai, Polish: Ostra Brama, Belarusian: Вострая Брама, literally Pointed Gate) is the only gate left after the demolition of the city walls in Wilno (now Vilnius, Lithuania) between 1799-1805. It was built between 1503 and 1522 in Gothical style. In 1671 a mannerist style attic was added. After the gate lost its significance as a military target, it was turned into a chapel of the nearby St. Teresa's Church.

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The Vilnius TV Tower, Vilnius, Lithuania

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

The Vilnius TV Tower (Vilniaus televizijos bokštas) is a 326.5 metre (1071 feet) high building in the Karoliniškės district of Vilnius, Lithuania. It is the highest building in Lithuania, and is occupied by the SC Lithuanian Radio and Television Centre (AB Lietuvos radijo ir televizijos centras).

The building was designed by V. Obydovas, the engineering section was designed by K. Balėnas. The construction of the tower was started on May 31, 1974, and the tower was completed on December 30, 1980. The weight of the whole structure is estimated at 25,000--30,000 tonnes. The structure is composed of a concrete base, a 190 metre long hollow reinforced concrete pipe, a reinforced concrete saucer, and a 136 m long steel spike. Radio transmitters are housed in the lower part of the concrete tower with antennas attached to the steel spike.

The TV tower played a major role in the events of January 13, 1991. 14 unarmed civilians lost their lives and 700 were injured opposing the Soviet military seizure of the tower.

The observation deck, at an altitude of 160 metres, houses the cafe "Paukščių takas" ("Milky Way"), offering a picturesque view of the city and its surroundings, and sporting a rotating platform which revolves once every 45 minutes. High-speed lifts reach the cafe from ground level in 40 seconds.

Bungee jumps are available to members of the public from the roof of the observation deck.

During the Christmas season, the tower has been decorated as a huge Christmas tree since the year 2000

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The Glasgow Tower, Glasgow, Scotland

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

The Glasgow Tower is a free-standing tower built adjacent to the Glasgow Science Centre in 2001. The original design was by the architect Richard Horden, but, controversially, after commissioning the project was taken over by the Glasgow architects BDP. In the end the tower ended up costing £10 million. At 127 metres high, the tower is currently the tallest free-standing structure in Scotland, and the only building in the world which can turn 360 degrees from the ground up. It is shaped like an aerofoil (as if an aircraft wing had been set in the ground vertically), with computer-controlled motors to turn it into the wind in order to reduce wind resistance.

The tower has been plagued by safety and engineering problems throughout its history, the latest being a breakdown on 30 January 2005 when 10 people were trapped in one of the lifts and only rescued after five hours. Problems with the custom-made bearings on which it rotates led to it being closed between February 2002 and August 2004.

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Enoshima lighthouse, Fujisawa, Japan

January 11th, 2006 / / Links: Google Earth, Google Maps, Yahoo! Maps, Virtual Earth / Nearest places
 

The Enoshima lighthouse - also used as the 360 degrees observatory view with Mt. Fuji, Izu Ooshima islands and Miura Peninsula.

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RTV tower/mast in Piaski, Poland

October 6th, 2005 / / Links: Google Earth, Google Maps, Yahoo! Maps, Virtual Earth / Nearest places
 

RTV tower/mast in Piaski near Lublin, south-east Poland

Mast hight - 337m

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