Tallinn TV Tower

No point in having the Olympics if no one can see what’s going on. So this was built and did the job well. Brutally imposing, the tower is 313m tall – 170m to the observation deck. There’s a lift but you have to pay extra to use the stairs. It has got bullet holes at the base (from the 1991 revolution) and the concrete should withstand more than three hundred freeze/thaw cycles. The picture shows the seams of the 2.5m tall rings that were poured as a sliding mould moved up. From the deck, I could see the Gulf of Finland easily and got some good shots of Tallinn. Well worth a visit.

313m tall and opened in 1980 after 5 years construction, the tower was built to improve telecommunication services for the hosting of the 1980 Moscow Summer Olympics regatta, held nearby. The tower also played a role in the 1991 ‘Singing Revolution’ as the Baltic states struggled for independence from the collapsing Soviet Union